My protogee Alesone Gray of Cranlegh was inducted into the Order of the Manche, the East Kingdom's A&S award, yesterday. I was honored to do words for her scroll.
The scroll itself did not arrive for Court, but if the scribe heeded my request, it has a flamingo with a yo-yo on it.
Here are the words, based on a 16th cen. commercial company (I think it was the clothiers' company) charter from London:
Brennan, by right of arms Emperor of the Easterners, semper augustus, and Caoilfhionn, Empress, to all to whom these presents shall come, Greetings. Wherefore, considering how much it will be for the general
and good advantage of our Empire that the arts of the apothecary and confectioner be practiced and promoted with skill, honor and diligence; and considering the reports of good and honest persons of singular repute concerning the excellence in the said arts practiced by our well-beloved Alesone Gray of Cranlegh; and finding her to be of honest, veracious, faithful and constant character, notwithstanding rumors of incendiary tendencies; Therefore, that our aforesaid intentions may have better effect, of our more ample grace we have given and granted, and by these presents do give and grant for us and our heirs, to our well-beloved Alesone Gray of Cranlegh full authority, leave and power to practice the said arts within our realm and, as evidence of same, do hereby induct her into the Order of the Manche and invest her with all rights, privileges and emoluments appertaining thereto, according to the most ancient usages, customs and traditions of the realm, for the term of her life, and do ordain that she shall possess the same as fully, freely and wholly and in as ample manner as all previous and future members of the Order aforenamed; and we do further by these presents endow the said Alesone with lawful authority to bear henceforward upon her person the emblem of the aforenamed Order: Per pale Or and purpure, a maunch counterchanged. And that these our letters shall be firm, good, valid, sufficient, and effectual in law towards us, our heirs and successors, as well as within all our courts within the Empire of the East, we have caused them to be recorded and read in our Imperial Court at Carillion upon 28 June in the forty-ninth year of the Society and the first of our reign.