Yes, here I am again; and I have done a bit of sewing; but mostly just been trying to survive the 2020 garbage fire which has not been easy on me. But that's not what I'm here to talk about. I did a new thing! to wit, coming up with the words for Elizabet Marshall's Laurel scroll.
The elements that need to be in an SCA scroll are as formalized, in their way, as the elements in a medieval letter:
- The award being given
- The names of the monarchs giving it
- The name of the recipient
- The reason for the award
- The date & location the award is being bestowed
Eventually I found a site that had transcribed the last big effort, from the early 1900s, of as much STUF as they could find from Stephen, Matilda, Henry II, Richard, and John. It's all in Latin, and they didn't translate it, but did have summaries, so at least I had somewhere to start. Some facts became immediately clear:
- Charters of the time were repetitive. Do not use a single noun or adjective where you can use three.
- Charters of the time were extremely businesslike. They're concerned with the "what" and not the "why".
- (and this is obvious) There's nothing directly translatable to the normal elements of SCA peerage - you don't give someone a charter to declare them a knight, and the king is 100% not involved in artisan stuff.