Monday, June 29, 2015

Thank You Note for Claire Boudreau

Thank you letter I wrote on behalf of Magistra Nicolaa, for Claire Boudreau, Chief Herald of Canada, for acting as key note speaker at the 2015 Knowne World Heraldic and Scribal Symposium held in the Royal Citie of Eoforwic, Ealdormere.

Oyez! From Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton, Rouge Estoile Herald Extraordinary, on behalf of the heralds, pursuivants, and macers of the Known World of the Society of Creative Anachronism, to Claire Boudreau, Chief Herald of the Dominion of Canada, in service to Her Majesty Elizabeth, Queen of Canada, greetings.

Likewise, from the scribes and scriveners of the aforesaid Society, also greetings.

As the sharing of knowledge is a just and good thing, and as you have this day shared your knowledge of the arts heraldic with any person of this realm, and any person of whatever state, condition or degree, that could attend this symposium, and as you did so honourably and truly as your will and reason served you, and greatly was this sharing of knowledge to the advantage of all our sovereign lords and their realms, and all their heralds, pursuivants, macers, scribes and scriveners collected before you, we give great thanks, honour and blessings to you, the aforesaid Claire Boudreau, and commend, applaud and acclaim you and your efforts.

You have, as is the duty of any herald, revealed yourself to be cunning, as this is required to better furnish you to teach others the arts heraldic, as you have done this day, and you have executed yourself with wisdom and grace.

Further, you have shown diligent knowledge of all the nobles within your march, which should bear coats in the field in the service of their sovereign liege, their lieutenants, officers and commissaries.

Having shown these, several traits required in a herald of the period we broadly call medieval times, we are likewise sure that you adhere, with no variance, also to these following accords as did all heralds of the past, without fail:

You shall keep secret your correspondences with the nobles of your realm, unless such secrets touch on treason, you will give your goods over to a gentleman of name who has lost goods in your sovereign’s service, if you are called to testify to not speak unless both parties agree to it, give support to widows, forsake all vices and take to all the virtues.

Again, we give out thanks, and sign this letter on the 27th day of June in the year two thousand and fifteen by the modern reckoning, in the Royal Citie of Eoforwic, within the Kingdom of Ealdormere.

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