Sunday, October 11, 2020

Strange Things Found in Medieval Manuscripts

 Begone, Fowl Creature.


This is a manuscript image of Hercules saving Hesione, from the 15th century Histoires de Troyes. Legend has it that Poseidon sent the sea monster because he, and his nephew Apollo, were not paid for their work they did building Troy. Hercules, apparently, saw Hesione's naked body chained to some rocks and fought the monster (but only after getter her father to agree to hand over four immortal horses in payment). The monster was covered in impenetrable scales, so Hercules killed the monster by getting himself swallowed whole, and then hacking his way out from the gullet. That's what this image is depicting.

Or, is it something more sinister?



Sunday, September 13, 2020

Scroll Text - Raginleif Davidsdottir - Award of Arms 2020

 Scroll Text - Raginleif Davidsdottir - Award of Arms 2020

Kingdom of AEthelmearc - Award of Arms

Words by myself: By these letters all shall know the words of our Sovereigns. Timothy and Gabrielle, King and Queen of Sylvan AEthelmearc, send greetings to Our trusty and welbeloved subject, Raginleif Davidsdottir. On the reading or hearing of Our receipt, We will and charge you, for your skill with the blade and your courage in the list and in the shieldwall, and diverse skills within the Arts and Sciences, set aside the life of the common soldier and prepare yourself for command as a Lady within Our army and Our Kingdom, for We will and desire to Award you Arms and command you consult with Our College of Heralds for such Arms that you will bear from this day until the end of days. And these Our letters shall be your warrant in this behalf. Given by Our hands on the 22nd day of August, AS50, in our Shire of Ballachlagan.

inspired by a warrant to the Exchequer from Henry VII for the payment of 20 pounds to Sergeant Thomas Englisshe, 10/16/1498

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Scroll Text - Maeve ni Siurtain - Sycamore 2013

Scroll Text - Maeve ni Siurtain - Sycamore 2013


Kingdom of AEthelmearc - A&S Award

Unto all good and true citizens of AEthelmearc these present letters seeing or hearing, greetings from Maynard and Liadain, king and queen right well beloved. In recognition of the works that our dear subject Maeve ni Siurtain has rendered to Us, Our lands, and Our subjects, works of garb and embroidery, of dance and barding, of tokens and favors, we hereby offer to her admission in Our Order of the Sycamore, which confers the right to display the insignia of the order, fieldless, three sycamore leaves conjoined in pall per pale gules and Or. Furthermore, we charge her with continuing her work and improving her skills to the betterment of fair AEthelmearc. Done by Our hand, this 1st day of June, AS 48, in Our Canton of Beau Fleuve.

Scroll Text - Edward of St. Swithins Bog - Sycamore 2015

Scroll Text - Edward of St. Swithins Bog - Sycamore 2015


Kingdom of AEthelmearc - A&S Award

May it be known to all that Titus Scipio Germanicus, King by Right of Arms, and Anna Leigh, Our Fair Queen, send greetings to the Barons, Lords and freemen of Our domains. Be it known that we have witnessed with Our eyes and hears the musical skill of Our faithful and well-beloved subject, Edward of St. Swithins Bog, long has he served Our lands, and are so impressed that We award him entrance into Our Order of the Sycamore, allowing him to bear the badge of the order, Fieldless, Three sycamore leaves conjoined in pall per pale gules and Or. Done by Our will this 24th day of January, AS49, at Baronial 12th Night, in the Barony of St. Swithin’s Bog.

inspired by a letter from Henry VII to the dean and chapter of Wells, dated April 9, 1495.

Scroll Text - Duncan von Halstern - Sycamore 2015

Scroll Text - Duncan von Halstern - Sycamore 2015


Kingdom of AEthelmearc - A&S Award

Oh, come hear the words of your King and Queen of AEthelmearc, right trusty and wlbeloved. Salutations to all unto whom these presents come from Magnus Tindal and Etain, basileos kai basilissa of AEthelmearc. Forasmuch as We, of Our special grace, in consideration of the true and faithful service which His Grace, Duncan von Halstern, hath done unto Us and Our Kingdom, know that We have affirmed and awarded unto him a place within our Noble Order of the Sycamore where We had noticed his absence before hand. We further give him leave to wear the badge of the Order as he sees fit for one of his station and further give unto him all said rights and duties of the Order and demand that the Order receive and admit the said Duke Duncan without delay; and these Our Letters shall be your Warrant. Given by Our hand at Our castle in the Shire of Riversedge, at AEcademy and War College, on the 14th day of November, AS 50.

Inspired by Signet Letter for the Issue of Letters under the Privy Seal only (20 Nov., 16 Edward IV)

Scroll Text - TW of Livonia - Sycamore 2015

Scroll Text - TW of Livonia - Sycamore 2015


Kingdom of AEthelmearc - A&S Award

Now let all know these presents seeing or hearing. We, Magnus Tindal and Etain, Nobilissimus Imperator et Nobilissima Imperatrix, send greetings and peace everlasting. Know ye that We, the aforesaid Emperor and Empresses, are well pleased with the skill of hammer and tongs, of fire and iron and of steel of TW of Livonia. So pleased that We have been moved to induct him into the Noble Order of the Scyamore and also award and affirm upon him the token of the Order, that is to say, Three sycamore leaves conjoined in pall per pale gules and Or. We wish the aforsaid TW to have, to hold, and rejoice the aforsaid token and honor and company of similar men and women of craft. In witness of which thing, We have put Our seal and sign manual. Given at Our College of Three Ravens, the 23rd day of February, the 50th year of the Society, in the Barony of Thescorre.

inspired by the Grant of Arms to London's Ironmongers Company, 1455