Wednesday 2 October 2013

Willmar Grimsdyke, Award of Arms, 2012

I heard tell
Of Wilmar’s deeds      in all the arts
Heraldry and calligraphy        to name but two
Pursuivant and archer        sewer of garb
Made ready his garments        girded on sword
Wilmar, the bold         in all that he does

Be it known that We, Roak, King by right of arms, and Elizabeth, Our Queen, are minded to make unto Willmar Grimsdyke an Award of Arms in recognition of his service to the Ealdormere, specifically for his duties as pursuivant. We bestow upon him the right to bear arms within the Society for Creative Anachronism without let or hindrance from any person, and the rights and responsibilities conveyed by his elevation to this rank. Done this [Date] day of [Month], A.S. [Year], while sitting on Our thrones in Our [Place name], in testimony whereof We have set Our hand and seal.

By THLaird Colyne Stewart. Based on The Lay of Hildebrand (Das Hildebrandslied), circa 830. Text from Wilhelm Braune, ed, Althochdeutsches Lesebuch, 14th ed. (Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag, 1962, p. 84.) Originally prepared and translated by Douglas Simms; edited by Jonathan Slocum.

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