Friday, December 5, 2014

Guthfrith's Silver Rapier

Guthfrith Yrlingsson, the new Baron of Ruantallan, is an excellent fencer.  He is so good, in fact, that had you bet me money before last Saturday that he was a member of the Silver Rapier already, I would have taken that bet.  As it turned out, we discovered he wasn't when someone else in Ruantallan was inducted into that Order.   TRMs immediately corrected that oversight.

Since this was an immediate award, there was no scroll at the time.   A scribe asked that I put together some fitting language for Guthfrith's backlog.   Here it is.  It's a little earlier than Guthfrith's persona (the source text is c. 1330), but I liked the rhythm of some of the language and adjusted the rest of it to be consistent with later practices.   I also changed the archaic "bailies" to "bailiffs" because I'm fairly sure that most people don't know what a "bailie" is.

Edward, by right of arms King of the East, and Thyra, by agency of the same right the Queen, to our archbishops, bishops, abbots, priors, earls, barons, sheriffs, provosts, ministers and all our bailiffs and faithful men, greetings.  Know that we have heard good, honest and true report of the prowess, valor, nobility, skill and excellence in the art of the rapier displayed by our good and faithful Guthfrith Yrlingsson; and desiring in consideration of the foregoing to honour the person of the same Guthfrith; we do therefore of our lawful authority give, grant and by the present charter confirm unto the same Guthfrith membership in perpetuity in our Order of the Silver Rapier, with all of the same rights, privileges, liberties, royalties and  all other things which pertain or may pertain to the said Order, without any reservation.  In testimony of which we have set our signs manual to this present charter at Ruantallan upon November 28 in the forty-ninth year of the Society.

1 comment:

  1. Well done.

    You're raising the bar for backlog award texts.