[Sca-cooks] Largesse

Sisuile Butler sisuile at gmail.com
Tue Oct 14 09:40:53 PDT 2008

In the current context -

A reign being an expensive proposition, many people aid the Crown in this
gift-giving by providing the Crown (or barony) works. In addition to largess
given to members of the populace as atta-boys, the crown is also expected to
provide suitably cool presents for royal cousins whom they are visiting or
who are visiting their kingdom, or who they would like to bribe to fight
with them in the next war. The populace often helps with supplying materials
for these baskets. For example, I am starting to re-ramp up my largess given
to the crown, and so this reign I have a dozen small bottles of cordial and
am planning to braid a few yards of seal tags. I know that soap, jams and
jellies, herbs, woven trims, wooden toys, etc. have all been made and
donated to the Crown for distribution as They see fit.

-Sisuile Buitilier

On Tue, Oct 14, 2008 at 11:05 AM, Michael Gunter
<countgunthar at hotmail.com>wrote:

> > I'm new to SCA- can someone explain largesse within SCA?> > thanks,> >
> Freda
> Largess is basically a gift. It can be grand or as small
> as a ribbon. "Largess" is primarily given from someone of
> higher rank to one of lesser. "Gifts" are given from lower
> or equal station.
> Often Largess is given to someone who does something
> to impress one of higher rank. It is often associated with
> the Crown or Territorial Personages but anyone can give
> largesse. So a Duke may give a ring or other momento to
> a new fighter that impressed him on the field. A Baroness
> my give a beaded ribbon to a young girl who has attended
> her well.
> Frequently Laurels bring little tokens to A&S competitions
> to give to the entrants. This is Largesse.
> Elizabeth and I just went to the Dallas Gem and Jewelry
> show this weekend and bought a couple hundred dollars
> worth of stuff to hand out during our reign. Mainly rings
> because we both love the history and cool factor of
> the Crown removing a ring from His/Her own hand to gift
> to someone.
> Does that help?
> Yers,
> Gunthar
> Prince Ansteorra
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