Peerage Exploratory Committee Announcement - Possible Rapier and/or Cut and Thrust Combat Peerage

The Board of Directors seeks to explore the possibility of creating a new Society-wide Peerage to recognize as Peers those participants who meet the general requirements for a Patent of Arms and who demonstrate prowess in Rapier and/or Cut & Thrust Combat. To that end, a Peerage Exploratory Committee has been formed whose work will help determine if we should move forward with the Society's first new Peerage in decades and, if so, how we might best proceed.

This Committee will focus on developing a supporting narrative and recommendation. If the recommendation is in favor of such a Peerage, the committee will also recommend a set of implementation requirements. This set of recommendations would include specific implementation plans for heraldry, regalia, Corpora changes, and identifying and addressing associated issues around creating and implementing such a Peerage. The Committee's supporting narrative for a recommendation (if positive), and the nature and quality of the implementation plans provided by the Committee may prove instrumental to the Board's determination regarding if and how we might proceed with the new Peerage. The Board reserves the right to adjust, define, expand, narrow or reject any or all portions of the recommendation but will not do so without cause or explanation.

The results of the Committee’s work will be made available to the membership for review and comment. A much larger and more representative Review Committee will then review the results of the Committee, along with any comments from the membership concerning those results. The Review Committee will be established at a later date by the Board of Directors and will be comprised of representatives selected by the relevant groups and organizations within and across the Society (e.g., the Kingdoms, Peerages, Heralds, Seneschals, Grand Council, Rapier Fencing Community, and C&T Fencing Community) as a final input into the process. As required by the governing documents of the SCA, if any proposed changes to Corpora result from this process, they will be submitted to the membership for the standard commentary period.

The Committee members are listed below:

  • Jim Toscano (Giacomo Vincenti di Firenze)
  • Andrew Heinrich (Mateo Montero de Madrid)
  • William Wilson (Gwylym ab Owain)
  • Greg Wylie (Laertes McBride)
  • Jay Rudin (Robin of Gilwell)
  • Michael Perry (Kenric of Warwich)
  • Braddon Giles (Giles Leabrook)
  • Alyssa Pyrich (Alys MacIntosh)
  • Tommy Conant (Sasha Gregor'evich Vilanov)
  • Mark Kiel (Marcus Dundee)
  • Matthew Mueller (Brannos)
  • Salli Weston (Petranella Fitzallen of Weston)
  • Matthew Parker (Saito Takauji)
  • Henrik Olsgaard (Henrik of Havn)

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:

SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email comments@lists.sca.org.

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