Friday, 9 November 2018

Shahid al-Hasan, Court Barony, 2018

Do not ask Evander for poems of light praise
Nor Marioun for paeans of the unworthy
This fair work, this pearl of wisdom,
From the mouth and mind of the lords of wolves
Is one tale of justice done
Oh Northland, make us acquainted with Shahid!
For one moment make us not separated from his dignity!

What need the land of worthy men?
In Shahid’s hand his sword, my pen.

Wolves, do not fear for honoured  man
This white rose of trillium gardens
Champion in the field of war
Adorn upon his brow a pearl’d band
To Their court they claim him, baron,
In Caldrithig, safar five and twenty,
Three and fifty as we count the Jāmiʿah

What need the land of worthy men?
In Shahid’s hand his sword, my pen.

Wording by Maister Colyne Stewart, based upon the poetry of the 16th century Turkish poets Fuzûlî and Yahya bey Dukagjini, and a quote regarding the 16th century poet Riyazi  by Ziya Pasha (an 18th century writer, translator and administrator).

Court Barony, Catherine of Townsend, 2018

Evander & Marioun, by the grace of the North, King & Queene of Ealdormere, to all people to whom these presents shall come, greeting.

Know ye that of our especiall grace, certaine science and meere motion, we have given and granted, and by these presents for us, our heires and successours, doe give and graunt to our trustie and welbeloved servaunt Catherin of Townsend a corounet of silver adorned with six perles and declare her to be a Baronnesse of our Court. Provided alwayes, and our will and pleasure is, and wee doe hereby declare to all that this noble came to us by the Seas thither, voyaged from the country of the lion with two tailes, and did improve this our lupine reaulme by her very presence.

And forasmuch, as upon the finding out, if in our land, or in any remote countreys and territories, any should challenge OUR word, they shall attaine great Paine and peril: and that upon such injurie, wee, our heires or successours shall make open proclamation that those who challenge our word shall be out of our protection and allegiance, and free for all princes and others to pursue with hostilitie as being not our Subjects, nor by us any way to be advowed, maintained or defended, nor to be holden as any of ours, nor to our protection, dominion or allegiance any way belonging, for that expresse mention, &c.

In witnesse whereof, &c. Witnesse ourselfe at Caldrithig the 3, day of November, the third month of our raigne. Anno Soc 53

Wording by Maister Colyne Stewart, based on Letters Patent to Sir Humfrey Gylberte June 11, 1578.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Friend of the Hare Award for the Barony of L’Île du Dragon Dormant, 2018

To all those present and to come to whom these presents shall come, and in particular our noble and worthy cousins to the east, the Baronesses Jeanne and Genovefa of L’Île du Dragon Dormant, from their humble and loving cousins, Avelyn and Dafydd of Skraeling Althing, warmest greetings and affection.
It has long been known, recognized, and understood the depth and strength of the bonds that connect the land of the Hare with that of the Dragon Dormant, even before the latter was given the honour of the baronial coronet. Though divided by geography and the occasional armed conflict, Our two baronies have long been united through the shared history and tradition of hospitality, given freely and warmly throughout the years.
Indeed, though your fighters have long proven worthy adversaries to the armies of the Hare, your merchants – who do business and trade under the auspices of Saint Hubert – have long received Us and Our subjects and kept Us rich in wool and linen. Through it all, you, your subjects, and your ancestors have stood as Our allies, Our friends, Our most frequent visitors.
Noble cousins of the Citie of Islands: we would share not only the great river of Saint Laurent that runs through both our lands, but the bounty of our friendship. To that end, from this, the first day of Our tenure on the High Seats of Skraeling Althing, who have it proclaimed throughout our host, that we recognize The Barony of L’Île du Dragon Dormant as a Friend of the Hare. Let this friendship be remembered through all the years, and by all peoples!
Done on the Feast of St. Domnus of Vienne, in our Hall at Feast of the Hare, in the 53rd Year of the Society.
Laissez-nous serrer les mains ensemble; pour ce on se souvient:
Que l'on soit un Dragon ou un Lièvre, l’honneur reconnaît le sien.*

Wording by TH Lord Dietrich von Sachsen.
*(Let us clasp hands together; for this we remember:)
(Be thee a Dragon or a Hare, honor recognizes its own.)

Jonas of Skraeling Althing, Award of Arms, 2018

In the name of Evander and Marioun the Compassionate, The Merciful
Praise be to the sovereigns, Lord and Lady of the North, and blessing and peace eternal upon their line, our masters Evander and Marioun.
The annals of former generations are lessons to the living: a man may look back on the fortunes of his predecessors and be admonished; and contemplate the history of past ages and be purged of folly. Glory to Him who has made the heritage of antiquity a guide for our own time!
Know then, Commander of the Faithful, that there is one amongst the subjects of the North who made the glory of the past his own; for he has studied ancient books of the most eminent tutors, and perused the writings of the martial traditions of the Kings of Persia and India. In so mastering the lore of the sabre and excelling in the arts martial, that his fame has spread far and wide as a student of defence; and he has become renowned in his home province of Skraeling Althing.
When the King and Queen of Ealdormere heard tell of this man, they requested him to attend their court. And so it was on the 25th day of Safar, in the 53rd year, that they spake unto Jonas of Skraeling Althing – for such was he named – and began repeating these couplets:
                All who come before our thrones, know of what we do proclaim!
Let not one vassal, woman or man, this our mighty word defame
For wonderful is he and right worthy of our praise
And of our Scarlet Banner, Jonas’ honour we do name.

Wording by TH Lord Dietrich von Sachsen, based on the dedication and poetry of A Thousand and One Nights.