Baroness Kathryn Brian Chevreuil, O.L. (called Brianna)
Originally written for Newcomer's Revel, September 6, A.S. 38. Revised March, A.S. 40
Regardless of how we operate in the modern world, there is a certain standard of behavior that we adhere to in the SCA. Our Corpora states that the primary rule is that, "all participants are expected to behave as ladies or gentlemen" (Article IIB).
However, what does that mean, really?
This breaks down into several areas, which we can cover briefly now:
There is nothing that says that you must alter who you are to fit into a medieval mindset; merely that it is necessary for you to understand what it means for you to operate in an SCA social situation.
There are several things that we do to enhance the ambience of the SCA, in general practice:
Respect and Deference are two words that you hear a great deal in the Society, along with Courtesy; which is what this class is all about. I'll start with definitions.
The whole idea, in my opinion, is that respect is at the base of all of it -- Respect has its visible behavioral outcomes in Deference and Courtesy. For example: I have a great deal of RESPECT for Baroness Katherine of Holford, due to our long-standing friendship and her well-thought-out and considered opinions. I show her DEFERENCE by listening to her answers when I come to her for advice on something and when I refer to her by one of her titles (Excellency, Mistress) -- I also don't just walk up to her and interrupt her while she is speaking to someone else or attempting to perform a task -- I wait until it's a good time. All of this encompasses COURTESY.
Respect for Yourself
Respect for Others
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Everyone starts out in the Society with no awards, and is called "M'lord" or "M'lady". The SCA's award system is based on a merit system -- the theory is that gentles are given awards by the Crown or the Coronet based on the overall merit of what they do to be productive members of the Society, and in the Kingdom of the Outlands if you are a member (it's required for most awards).
Who Wears What (A handy table, descriptions to follow later)
|People wearing Crowns or Coronets:|
|Title||What that means||What they wear||What you call them, or do||Examples|
|King and Queen||Ruler of our Kingdom||Crown of the Outlands||Your Majesty, and bow/curtsey||His Majesty Hrorek and Her Majesty Caiolfhinn|
|Crown Prince and Crown Princess||The people who just won Crown but haven't stepped up||A coronet which has one point in the front||Your Royal Highness (Formal), or Your Highness (informal), bow/curtsey||His Royal Highness Bela and Her Royal Highness Claudia|
|Prince and Princess||Rulers of a Principality (we don't have any)||A coronet which usually has one point in the front||Your Highness, and bow/curtsey||Other Kingdoms have principalities; we don't|
|Duke and Duchess||Someone who has reigned as Crown twice||A coronet with 4 points and strawberry leaves||Your Grace||Duke Olaf, Duchess Cainnleach, Duke Maelgwn, Duke Verron|
|Count and Countess||Someone who has reigned as Crown once||A coronet with 8 points, embattled (like the top of a castle)||Your Excellency||Countess Adrianna, Countess Aindrea, Countess Rosalind, Count Giovanni|
|Viscount and Viscountess (pronounced "vi-count")||Someone who has been Prince of a Principality, regardless of how many times||A coronet which takes various forms, often with personal arms and one point in the front||Your Excellency||Viscount Sterling, Viscount Berold, Viscountess Diana|
|Territorial Barons (current Barons of Caerthe, al-Barran, Dragonsspine, Citadel, Unser Hafen, Caer Galen, and Fontaine||The Crown's representative to rule the Baronies||A coronet with 6 points and pearls/balls on top of each point. It will often have something from the Barony's heraldry on it, such as Caer Galen's harp||Your Excellency, and bow/curtsey||Baron Carrick and Baroness Katherina (CG), Baron Kronos and Baroness Kathryn (Caerthe), Baron Alexander and Baroness Mardannah (UH)|
|Barons and Baronesses of the Court||Retired territorial Barons, or someone given this title by the Crown. This carries the right to use the title and the coronet. Other people have been given this award at the pleasure of the Crown for service, or for recognition of grace and chivalry||A coronet with 6 points and pearls/balls on top of each point. This will often have parts of personal heraldry on it.||Your Excellency||Retired: Baron Douglas and Baroness Keridwen, Baroness Kate, Baron Gareth and Baroness Cygny (they have the title of
"territorial retired," and/or "founding baron/baroness")
Barons/Baronesses of the Court: Baron Grellan, Baroness Brianna, Baroness Anne Bigod