SR - Burden of the Crown

Bob Dewart gilli at
Mon Mar 1 18:32:21 PST 1999

Greetings all,

Upon reading this most excellant posting I am reminded of many times I've
heard comments such as, " How did so-n-so get that award", etc.  The Crown
gave it to them, that's how.  OTOH I know of people who have been put in for
an award eight times before they got it.

The Crowns will do as the Crowns will do.  That is our game.  I will support
the Crown in Thier decisions, even if I don't like them.  Why, because for
what ever the reason, They thought it  was the RIGHT thing to do.

-----Original Message-----
From: Lorraine and/or Kief <deer_kief at>
To: ansteorra at Ansteorra.ORG <ansteorra at Ansteorra.ORG>;
southern at Ansteorra.ORG <southern at Ansteorra.ORG>
Date: Monday, March 01, 1999 7:32 PM
Subject: SR - Burden of the Crown

>A month or so back a gentle issued displeasure
>about the way our crowns remain circumspect in
>their dealings....
>It got me thinking...
>Potentially everyone of us has the ability to
>be Crown or Consort and even if we don't think
>we have that ability we expect certian things
>of our my world view we shouldn't
>expect things of others that we couldn't or
>wouldn't do ourselves so as an exercise: how do
>you measure up to your expectation of what we
>ask of our Monarchs or question what you think
>you would do as Monarch...
>Let's assume that the potential Monarchs are
>those who are interested in doing whatever
>they can discern is needed for Ansteorra...
>They want to serve the people and make sure
>that those who deserve recognition get it...
>To be of the need to travel and
>meet people... How many places have you traveled
>and how many people do you know there, in how
>many regions?...Do you
>know enough people that when something goes
>haywire in a group, you know people to call on
>to get other views than the ones yelling the
>Have you read kingdom law?? What about corporate?
>or even Marshallate? Are you ready to uphold them?
>Do you have enough basis
>of knowledge to make a judgement on whether
>a group is following guidelines or is really
>digging itself deeper.
>How much of our history do you know...
>what have we gone through in the past,
>what issues hit our hot buttons?
>What is our glory??
>Are you ready to deal with real legal issues
>like rape, assault, or theft.
>Are you willing to put aside friendships
>and household ties in matters where
>you would normally be biased? Would you be
>able to put aside your dislike and decide
>justly on an issue with a long time adversary?
>How many people have you recommended for awards?
>Do you know your criteria?
>Are you ready for a 9 month stint of everyone
>in the kingdom wanting your ear, of being in the
>spotlight ...and are
>you able to generally discern BS from bias, from
>concern, from panic, from "truth" (which is always
>Are you ready to decide the fate of groups and
>individuals within the context of the SCA.
>Can you go on smiling for "the people"
>when someone you cared deeply about
>just betrayed you?
>Do you know who your true friends are?
>Are you ready for some of the greatest thrills
>when you see your people at their finest and
>for some of your greatest disappointments
>when you see some of the people you
>admire the most have feet of clay...
>These are things I have asked myself
>not because I really think I will
>be a monarch, but because I realized
>what I expected out of one...
>I saw how much friends
>of mine who have been monarchs have
>gone through....the pain...the joy...
>the exhaustion...always trying to
>do the best for the kingdom and getting
>tired of not being able to please
>anyone (or at least it seems that way
>caus all ya hear is the bitchin').
>I then looked around an realized that on a
>less concentrated level, people who stay
>with our organization and have value have
>also gone through much of this...
>just something to think about...
>In Service to Ansteorra
>Lorraine DeerSlayer
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