The day had the bright clarity found in the mountains in summer. On Sunday morning at Highlands War the people gathered for Court.
The Herald raised his voice, announcing that Their Majesties of Atenveldt were coming into the Court. They seated themselves upon the thrones amid the Barons and Baronesses of Ered Sul, the hosting Barony, Tir Ysgathir, Sun Dragon and the Barony of Atenveldt. Happy and fortunate are the people of a Kingdom and such Baronies!.
After announcements and presentations were made, and the Bard of the Sun had sung of "Atenveldt, my home", the autocrats were thanked and applauded.
Then began the ceremonies for which especial care had been taken, ceremonies which marked the recognition of three people whose contributions to the Kingdom and the Society brought them before the Thrones to be elevated to the Peerage of the Realm.
First called forth was Lord Cosimo Orsini, clad in a purple velvet giornea and accompanied by his wife, he followed behind his herald and banner bearer. Alas, he then disappeared into the shadow of the pavilion where few of us could see or hear. But we know that, surrounded by the Chivalry of Atenveldt he was saluted in song by his proud and happy friends, then invested with the belt, spurs and chain of a Knight of the Society for Creative Anachronism. As he emerged from the shadows to the acclaim of the people, the strain of "Born on the Listfield" was raised by his friends. After receiving many congratulations, Sir Cosimo was escorted from the court.
I hope you will forgive me for mixing up the order in which some of the awards were given, my memory is not what it was. Between the elevations, Their Majesties rewarded other worthy subjects including:
Itbir Amelal who received an Award of Arms, the noble hound Loki was inducted into the Royal Menagerie, three worthy members of the Brewers Guild received tokens of rank within the guild from Their Majesties, and the winners of the brewers competition were given their prizes. Mistress Morgana Quarry, the Kingdom Chirurgeon, explained the certification of the kingdom's newest Master Chirurgeon, who was invested and congratulated by the King and Queen. (I rely on Mistress Morgana and the Brewers Guild to give you fuller information on these awards.)
Lord Iago Gof was heralded into the presence of Their Majesties and Their Excellencies under an archway of hammers and tankards as symbols of two of his many skills: metalwork and brewing. Advancing forward with his proud and happy wife on his arm, he then knelt at the feet of Their Majesties who came forward to the very edge of the pavilion so that all the people could see and hear the ceremony. Sir Mikolaj, Maestra Alex, Lord Eric the Bald, Baroness Deborah and the Viscount, Sir Dimitri (by letter) movingly expressed a few of the many reasons Iago Gof was deserving of the Peerage. Then, clad in a heraldic tabard of velvet and crowned with a wreath of Laurels, Master Iago swore fealty to the Crown and then accepted the cheers of the people and the warm congratulations of many of his Order.
Last, but not least, came the Banthegn Aurora de Ivory into Their Majesties' presence. Surrounded by members of the Order of the Laurel, she heard herself extolled by many for her contributions as an artist and her service to the arts and to the Kingdom as well! Her head was bowed under her veil and I wonder if she could hear the sniffles of many ladies (and perhaps a few gentlemen) who were moved by the occasion as she swore an oath of fealty. Maestro Jose placed a mantle about her shoulders, remarking that it was a symbol both of the glory and of the weight of the Peerage, then a beautiful enameled laurel wreath was placed upon her head. Our good King raised her to her feet and presented the newest Laurel to the assembled people. Great applause and joy greeted Mistress Aurora this day.
I managed to take a few pictures of (part) of the days events. To see them just click on the album for Master Iago Gof, Mistress Aurora or Sir Cosimo at [the "visit original article" link].
A few pictures of their scrolls are included. Photos of the other awards given at Highlands War will be posted as soon as I finish scanning them — probably tomorrow.
Huzzah! to all those who received awards and to the folk in the Barony of Ered Sul whose hard work made the event happen. I am going to bed now, a happy woman.
Dame Katharine of Cate Hall
Republished by kind permission of the author.