When Wilhelm Laurel established the rank of Herald Extraordinary, he began the practice of personal heraldic titles:
Each Herald Extraordinary shall have a title that is his/her own personal title that s/he shall hold so long as s/he remains active.
Cover Letter, July 1981 Letter of Acceptances and Returns
Over the year since my elevation, I’ve struggled to think of an appropriate title to take on, until I was startled awake this weekend with a stroke of inspiration. The submission form has now been sent off and we’ll wait to see if the College will accept me as the “Gadfly Herald.”
The supporting documentation is attached below.
The submitter was elevated to the rank of Herald Extraordinary on January 7, 2023.
The pattern <heraldic charge> + <designator> is found in Juliana de Luna’s “Heraldic Titles from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.” medievalscotland.org/jes/HeraldicTitles/
The pattern of creating new charges from plants and animals is noted in SENA A.2.B.2.b. heraldry.sca.org/sena.html#A2B2b
The term gadfly is found in gray-period sources including in “A copious English and Netherduytch dictionarie” (1647) by Henry Hexham: “een Ossen-vliege, a Gadfly, or a Hornet.” bit.ly/gadfly-cite-1
The term gadfly may also be found in period, hyphenated, in “Pierces Supererogation: Or, A New Prayse of the Old Asse” (1593) by Gabriel Harvey: “He that made that ryme in jest, little considered what a gad-fly may doe in earneft.” bit.ly/gadfly-cite-2
A recent question regarding allowable elements of a heraldic achievement sent me running for the best reference I know: a paper by Andreas von Meißen presented at KWHSS in 2013.
This document is admittedly out of date — among other things, it predates Avacal, and it does not include several changes that were made to the rules in Ansteorra the following year, based on Andreas’s recommendations — but I’m not aware of anything more recent or more authoritative, and so this remains a useful guide.
Continue reading “Kingdom Sumptuary Laws for Heraldic Achievements”
As noted prominently on the heraldicart.org website, the Book of Traceable Heraldic Art is not an authoritative source; in particular, despite the inclusion of art by a large number of contributors, the text is nearly all the work of one person, and indubitably contains numerous errors.
In hopes of saving the community from picking up any accidental misinformation, I’d love to have some help correcting those mistakes, and if you’re reading this, you’re invited to help out!
Continue reading “Corrections Wanted!”
A few days ago, after putting together an illustration of the East Kingdom’s annual cycle of crown/coronation events, I wondered what it would look like to compare those cycles across the other realms.
I asked some other heralds about this idea, and Ollivier Le Floch took the initiative in setting up a shared spreadsheet that allowed a bunch of people to quickly jump in and collaboratively fill in that data across all all twenty kingdoms. As the patterns emerged, I resolved to try presenting them in graphical form.
Continue reading “Kingdom Crown Calendar Comparison”
The Known World of the SCA is divided into twenty kingdoms which have emerged over its fifty-eight year history, as shown in this family tree.
Continue reading “A Phylogeny of the Laurel Kingdoms”
There are many lovely maps showing the boundaries of the kingdoms of the Known World, but sadly most of them are out of date, with only a few properly reflecting the creation of Avacal in 2015.
Recently this gap was ably filled by Reddit user and avid YouTuber Emperor Tigerstar, who cut his teeth drawing animated maps of historical military campaigns.
Continue reading “A Modern Map of the Known World”
For those of us steeped in the culture of our local kingdom, the annual rhythm of coronations and crown tournaments is part of the familiar cycle of the year, but I remember being somewhat bewildered by it as a newcomer.
In hopes of making the procession of fixed dates slightly more accessible, I put together a simple chart showing how the calendar year aligns with the summer and winter reigns and the kingdom events that govern their passage here in the East.
Continue reading “Charting the East’s Crown Cycle”
Four years ago I posted an adaptation of Yehuda ben Moshe’s “Charge Group Theory” flowchart, intended to guide people in classifying the elements in an armorial design.
The chart I posted was slightly simplified, but I worried that it still might be daunting for beginners, and the recent occasion of teaching a class on charge-group analysis provided a good excuse to revisit it.
Continue reading “Identifying Charge Groups Revisited”
Six years ago I posted a fun little chart that highlights the relationship between the terms we use for ordinaries and the related divisions, arrangements, and orientations.
Recently I made a few minor updates to the chart, the most notable of which was to add a column for the corresponding multiple divisions, such as barry and bendy.
Continue reading “Ordinaries, Divisions, and Arrangements Revisited”
Here’s a nifty trick for the folks who might be running their own O&A server — which is admittedly a very, very small audience.
The OSCAR software can generate a supplementary data file in the same format as oanda.db which contains the names and armory currently in-process on LoIs which have not yet made it to an LoAR.
Continue reading “O&A Search for Unregistered OSCAR Submissions”