[SCA-AE] Just out of curiousity
katjaorlova at yahoo.com
Sun Oct 5 14:46:29 EDT 2008
>> The White Scarf is an inter-kingdom order, and I
think the original one was created in Ansteorra. You'd have to ask someone else
what its symbolism is.
No one else has commented on this, so here's our kingdom's
order webpage; it lists the history and lineage of the order in AEthelmearc: http://www.aerapier.org/wsindex.html
IIRC, over a dozen kingdoms have signed the White Scarf treaty with Ansteorra,
which allows them to use the same name for rapier orders within their own
(Crud, Eric moved his framed copy of the treaty, so I can’t
Tivar Moondragon, the first White Scarf, wrote:
"The Order of the White Scarf was originally created as an award in the Principality
of Ansteorra in March of A.S. XIII (1979). It was intended to provide
recognition for excellence in the growing population of rapier fighters in the principality.
In the Renaissance a white scarf was worn as a badge of military rank. The only
picture I've ever seen shows it worn as a baldric, left shoulder to right hip.
Obviously this would be unacceptable in an SCA context, so a much smaller
version, worn only about the shoulder, was designed. (Cyrano de Bergerac was
the source of the original idea.)"
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