[Sca-cooks] kneeling from Isabella
Daniel & Elizabeth Phelps
dephelps at embarqmail.com
Mon Jan 7 11:05:00 PST 2008
Greetings good gentles!
Thank you so much for this thread on kneeling; I've got a wonky knee and was
not looking forward to straining it further. 43 is a little young for
arthritis, IMO, but it is what it is, as my lord husband is wont to say.
The one time I was officially called into court, (not the times I was
heralding or assisting,) I was about 7 months pregnant myself, and they flat
out forbade me to kneel. In my experience, most crowns have been reasonable
about accomodating this sort of thing, if they are aware of it. If not,
perhaps a quiet word in the court herald's ear would suffice if you don't
want to ask the crown when you're up there. Yes, I know, just try and catch
a busy court herald, you're right!
Also, thanks for the advice abouot kneeling on one knee-personally, I could
probably manage this, on the good knee, especially if I had a hand getting
up. Is there, given two good knees, a preferred one? I've wondered about
this when doing a curtsey in reverence, but I've just worked with what I had
and not worried about it.
Thank you again, and in hopes that everyone is having a reasonably healthy
and prosperous New Year, I remain,
Isabella de la Gryffin, AoA
Barony of Oldenfeld
Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Barbara Benson" <voxeight at gmail.com>
To: "Cooks within the SCA" <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Monday, January 07, 2008 9:53 AM
Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] kneeling
>> Yes, I have gotten ragged on by friends who know about the knees and are
>> distressed that I choose to kneel anyway. I love them all dearly. I
>> understand that they have my best interests at heart. I will continue to
>> kneel as long as I can still perform the activity.
> At my elevation ceremony I insisted on kneeling when I took my oath of
> fealty. I had warned the Crown ahead of time that, come hell or
> highwater I was going to kneel. But even at the last minute he
> reminded me that I need not kneel.
> This is funny only if you know I was 8 months pregnant at the time.
> And not cute basketball strapped to the stick figure stomach pregnant.
> With my voluminous ropa made for the occasion I believe the analogy
> was made to "a majestic ship setting sail" as I waddled down the
> I made it down and up, missing head butting the sword of state by
> scant inches. But I kneeled and I would have regretted it for life if
> I had not.
> Serena da Riva
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