Kolosvari Arpadne Julia

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Unto the East Kingdom College of Heralds and all others who do receive this letter, greetings from Kolosvari Arpadne Julia, Eastern Crown Herald!

This is the Letter of Decisions for the Internal Letter of Intent dated March 15, 2007. It contains submissions received by March 12, 2007 and has 24 numbered items.

Many thanks to the following commenters, without whom I could not do this job: Aryanhwy, Avelina Keyes, knute, Istvan, Alys, the Sisterhood of Saint Walburga, Scolastica, Yosef Alaric, and Aceline Barrett.

1 Berric Grayveson (m) - New Name forwarded & New Badge forwarded

(Fieldless) An anchor gules.

If his name must be changed, he cares most about the sound. Berric is dated c. 1045 in Searle, p. 105. Grayveson is found in R&W p. 203 s.n. Graveson. The submitted spelling is dated to 1327.

R&W derives Grayveson from the Middle English word greyve, meaning a person in charge of property. The combination of Old English and Middle English is considered a step away from period practice (Saxsa Corduan, 10/01 A-Meridies). This combination just squeaks in under 300 years apart, so there is no second 'weirdness' for temporal disparity, so it should be registerable.

2 Brianna McBain - Resub Guild Name forwarded
Submitted Name: Saint Bavon's Company

No major changes. The previously submitted guild name, St Bavon's Company of Falconry, was returned on the Oct. 2006 LoAR (Brianna McBain, R-East) for lack of evidence that it followed period patterns for names of guilds or other groups of people. The return said: "We would register this as Saint Bavon's Company, but the submitter will not accept major changes." This submission drops the extra phrase to match the form given as registerable in the return.

3 Ceilidh McBain - Resub Device forwarded

Vair, in pale two swans naiant Or.

Her name was forwarded to Laurel on the Oct. 2006 xLoI. Her device, Or chausse vair, a swan naiant azure, was returned from the Aug. 2006 ILoI for conflict with Eadward Ames (Jan. 92 via Caid), Potent, on a pile Or a vulture contourny reguardant sable, with just one CD for the changes to the bird. This submission is a nearly complete redesign.

4 Collin Monro of Tadcaster - New Badge forwarded

(Fieldless) A Maltese cross per saltire argent and sable.

His name and device (Argent, a pithon and on a chief sable three Maltese crosses argent) were registered in June 2006, via the East.

This is clear of Adler des Berges (08/80 Atenveldt), Per saltire sable and argent, a Bowen cross counterchanged, with one CD for the field and another for the type of cross. It's also clear of Branwyn Mwrheyd (11/92 East), Per saltire Or and vert, a Maltese cross counterchanged, with one CD for the field and one for the tincture of the cross.

5 Culann mac Cianain (m) - New Name forwarded & New Device returned

Quarterly sable and chequy argent and azure, in bend sinister two boars passant contourny argent.

If his name must be changed, he cares most about the sound. An article at http://www.libraryireland.com references St. Culann as an Irish saint for whom a bell was named. OCM p. 51 s.n. Cianan states that Cianan is a diminutive of Cian, and that there were two saints by this name; Cianain is the hypothetical genitive form, following the pattern in "100 Most Popular Men's Names in Early Medieval Ireland" by Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn (http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/irish100.html).

Commenters felt that this name is clear of Colin McKenna (04/99 Outlands) and Kaitlyn McKenna (09/99 Ansteorra): it looks different, and should sound different as well.

This device appears to marshal Sable, a boar passant contourny argent with Chequy argent and azure, and must therefore be returned for violating RfS XI.3.b.

6 East, Kingdom of the - New Order Name forwarded & New Badge forwarded
Submitted Name: Order of the Golden Mantle

(Fieldless) A mantle Or.

Either the kingdom's name or device was registered in Jan. 1973. This order name follows the pattern color + thing + location documented in "Project Ordensnamen" by Meradudd Cethin ( http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/order/). Golden - adj. of or pertaining to gold, c. 870 Codex Aureus. Mantle - noun a loose sleeveless cloak of varying lengths c. 897 K. Alfred, Gregory past. Compact Oxford English Dictionary 2nd Ed., reprinted 2004.

The August 2005 Cover Letter lists six meta-patterns for order names, of which this falls into the last category, that of orders named for heraldic charges (or for items that can be used as such). Submitted as Order of the Golden Mantle of the East, the order name has been simplified by removal of the reference to the kingdom: the phrase is not needed to clear any conflicts (not that it would, on its own), and it makes the name rather unwieldy. Commenters offered the following corrections to the OED cites given on the submission form: the c897 date is for the spelling mentles; the spelling mantle is first dated to 1584. The earliest date given for the spelling golden is 1398. Additional documentation: the Online Etymology Dictionary (http://www.etymonline.com/) says mantle is from Old English mentel 'loose, sleeveless cloak', from Latin mantellum 'cloak', reinforced and altered in the 12th century by Old French mantel (French manteau), from the same Latin source.

7 Emeline Patterson - New Household Name forwarded & New Badge forwarded
Submitted Name: Academy of the Toad

(Fieldless) Three toads tergiant conjoined in pall at the feet vert.

Her primary name and device (Purpure, a crane and on a chief embattled argent three mullets of eight points vert) were registered in Feb. 2005, via the East. Academy is a valid household designator for SCA use. See, e.g., the Aug. 2002 LoAR under Galen Storm (A-Atlantia), registering 'Academy of the Falcon and Sword'. The OED dates the term, in the meaning 'a place of learning or training', to 1570: Queen Elizabethes Achademy. The term toad, meaning a tailless amphibian, is found in the OED dated back to approx. 1000. The spelling 'toad' is found in Shakespeare's As You Like It (1600): "Sweet are the uses of aduersitie, Which like the toad, ougly and venomous, Weares yet a precious Iewell in his head." With the alternate meaning of 'anything hateful or loathsome', the term 'toad' in that spelling is found in the OED dated to 1586. Applied as an insult to a person, the OED also cites an instance of 'toad' in Shakespeare's Richard III (1594).

The registration of Academy of the Falcon and Sword mentioned in the documentation was based on a sign name pattern. Mari Elspeth nic Bryan's "English Sign Names" (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/mari/inn/) lists period examples of English inns named for a bear, boar, bull, lamb, lion, ram, roebuck, cock, crane, eagle, magpie, raven, swan, dragon, mermaid, horse, and hound; an easily-depicted critter like a toad fits into this list without much stretch at all.

8 Emma of Akerynton (f) - New Name forwarded

No major changes. She requests authenticity for 1200-1300 Northern England. Emma is the sixth most common feminine name in Aryanhwy merch Catmael's "Names from 13th Century Northumberland" ( http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/english/northumberland.html ). It's also found in Talan Gwynek's "Women's Given Names from Early 13th Century England", as the fifth most common name, with 8 occurrences ( http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/eng13/eng13f.html ). Akerynton is dated to 1258 in Ekwall p.2 s.n. Accrington. The place is located in Lancashire, and Ekwall derives it from Old English Æcerntun 'tun where acorns grew'.

13th century records in rural England still tended to be at least partially in Latin, so de is perhaps marginally more likely than of for the locative preposition, but I'm not sure if this counts as a language change (and hence major and not permitted by the submitter), so I've made no changes. I think it's a fine authentic name either way.

9 Francesca Teresa Giani (f) - New Name forwarded & New Device forwarded

Azure, a fess between two dogs respectant and a shark naiant all within an orle argent.

No changes. She cares most about spelling. Academy of St. Gabriel Report 1398 (http://www.s-gabriel.org/1398) says Francesca was one of the most common women's names in 15th century Florence (citing Arval's Online Catasto article). The report also mentions that this spelling is unlikely in Castille, but the similar forms Francescha and Franquesa occur in Barcelona in 1390 (citing Marsá, Francisco, et al. Onomástica Barcelonesa del Siglo XIV, Barcelona: University of Barcelona, 1977). St. Gabriel Report 2879 ( http://www.s-gabriel.org/2879 ) dates Teresa to the first half of the 14th century in Narayola, and says that in the quoted study (Aryanhwy's "Leonese Names from the First Half of the 14th Century"), it was the second most common feminine name. The report also mentions one instance of Teresa in Barcelona in 1389 (Mársa, op. cit.), and three examples in Navarre in 1366 (Carrasco Pérez, Juan: La Población de Navarra en el Siglo XIV, Pamplona, Spain: Ediciones Universidad de Navarra, S.A, 1973). No documentation provided for Giani. The submission form says Teresa is meant as her "middle name or Chastened named".

The family name Giani is dated to 1444 in Aryanhwy merch Catmael's "Names from Arezzo, Italy, 1386-1528" (http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/italian/arezzo.html). It's also found once each in the Online Tratte and the Catasto of 1427. The feminine name Francesca is found in Rhian Lyth of Blackmoor Vale's "Italian Renaissance Women's Names" (http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/italian.html), and in Arval Benicoeur's "Feminine Given Names from the Online Catasto of Florence of 1427" (http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/arval/catasto/). Both articles also have Tessa, which is identified as a diminutive of Teresa, but not Teresa itself. According to Academy of St. Gabriel report 1960, this name began spreading outside the Iberian peninsula in the late 16th century, in the wake of the veneration of Saint Teresa of Avila (http://www.s-gabriel.org/1960). If the name is viewed as a combination of Italian and Spanish elements, it is one step away from period practice, but registerable (Diego Rivera de Soldano, 03/04 A-Caid).

A couple of commenters said it would be better to have the fess extend all the way to the edges of the shield, rather than having it terminate at the orle as drawn (by me), and one commenter came up with a convoluted blazon using a "fess couped within and conjoined ..." However, I believe that the phrase "all within an orle" (emphasis added) covers the same ground and makes this easier to blazon as drawn.

10 Fridha av Bergen - New Device forwarded

Per bend vert and azure, two cats salient within a bordure indented argent.

Her name was registered in Sep. 2004, via Atlantia.

11 Gareth Grey de Wilton - Resub Device forwarded

Per bend embattled argent and gules, a cross clechy gules.

His name was registered in Feb. 2005, via the East. His original device submission, Argent, on a bend sinister cotised vert three Latin crosses palewise argent, a bordure counterchanged, was returned by Laurel in Feb. 2005 for non-period style. His previous resubmission, Vert, between two bendlets sinister three crosses double crosslet argent, was returned on the June 2006 LoD for conflict. This is a complete redesign.

This emblazon is missing the characteristic round bits at the corners of the key cross, so the charge has been reblazoned as a cross clechy. The proportions of the triangular parts at the ends of the arms aren't really typical of either type of cross, but hopefully they're within the realm of artistic license.

12 Gareth Ivelchild (m) - New Name forwarded

If his name must be changed, he cares most about the sound. Gareth is dated to 1593 in Withycombe 2nd ed. p. 119. Ivelchild is dated to 1203 in R&W p. 158 s.n. Evilchild.

There is a gap of over 300 years between the documentation for these name elements, which is a step from period practice, but registerable. Commenters noted that it should be possible to move the given name further back, as Gareth is the name of one of Sir Gawain's brothers in Arthurian legend, and "current precedent is to accept the names of significant characters from period Arthurian literature as there is a pattern of such names being used in England and France in period" (Bedivere de Byron, 06/99 A-Atlantia). Withycombe's entry for the name (p. 125 in the 3rd ed.) says it "appears as Gareth in Malory's Morte d'Arthur," which was first published in 1485.

13 Geneviève de Lausanne (f) - New Name forwarded & New Device returned

Vert, an edelweiss argent seeded Or.

No changes. -Geneviève: possibly means 'tribe woman' in Gaulish. Could be form of Guinevere. Known usage: Saint Geneviève, patron saint of Paris, 5th century. French. From Behind the Name, Mike Campbell 1996-2007. -De Lausanne: 'of Lausanne'. Capital of Canton Vaud, Switzerland. Lausanne was originally a Roman military camp, 'Lousanna', during the reign of Marcus Iulius Caesar. When ruled by the House of Savoy (1003-1416 -- counts; 1416-1536 -- dukes) it became known by the French 'Lausanne'. [Herald offered via email: http://switzerland.isyours.com/e/guide/lausanne/history.html]

Colm Dubh's "An Index to the Given Names in the 1292 Census of Paris" (http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/paris.html) has a Geneviève la Flamenge. Lausanne is in Switzerland, so unfortunately there's no entry for it in Dauzat & Rostaing. The Encyclopedia Britannica entry for the city says: "The ancient Celtic Lausonium, or Lausonna, was originally on the shore of the lake southwest of the present city. During the invasion of the Alemanni (c. 379), the inhabitants took refuge in the hills above, building a settlement on the site of the present Cité district." This doesn't help much with dating the modern name of the city, but it's the best Eastern commenters could turn up. Hopefully, the CoA will have better resources for Swiss placenames.

This device is returned for multiple reasons. The trian depiction of the flower (which is reason for return by itself) renders it nearly unidentifiable: most commenters felt it looked more like a scary sort of sea-creature than a plant. The device probably also conflicts with the Emperor of Japan's badge (Dec. 1994 via Laurel): Dark, a sixteen-petalled chrysanthemum light, with just one CD for tincture(lessness). An edelweiss flower basically looks like a slightly "mussed" chrysanthemum, so there's unlikely to be a CD between them.

14 Geoffrey Blesedale - Resub Device forwarded

Gyronny gules and argent, in pale a bar gemel and a sheep couchant reguardant contourny sable.

His name was registered in Oct. 2003, via the East. His original device submission, Per chevron inverted azure and vert, a goutte Or issuant from the base of the division, was returned on the Sep. 2002 LoR for administrative reasons and conflict. His first resubmission, Per chevron gules and sable, in dexter chief a compass rose argent, in sinister chief a moon in her plenitude argent, in base an acorn over two garbs, all Or, was returned on the July 2004 LoD for violating RfS VIII.1.a ("slot machine"). His second resub, Gyronny gules and argent, a sheep couchant sable sustaining a halberd proper bitted sable, was returned on the Nov. 2005 LoAR (published Feb. 10, 2006) for having an argent charge (the halberd) on a partly argent field. This submission removes the halberd to fix this problem.

One commenter felt this should be returned for non-period style, citing a couple of precedents involving enhanced ordinaries (István Valkai, 09/99 R-Middle, and Lachlann Wick of Brindle Myre, 11/99 R-Caid). Closer perusal of these precedents reveals that neither item was returned for having an ordinary above another charge, and in fact, enhanced ordinaries or sets of ordinaries have been registered without comment as recently as 2005. The phrase in pale has been added to the blazon to clarify the placement of the charges.

15 Hartshorn-dale, Shire of - New Heraldic Title returned
Submitted Name: Massacre Pursuivant

The shire's name was registered in Aug. 1988, via the East. The shire's device, Or, a stag's attire and on a chief azure three laurel wreaths Or, and badge, Azure, an unstrung bugle horn bendwise sinister Or, were registered in Oct. 1988, via the East. If the submission must be changed, meaning is most important. Per the RfS III.2.b.iii, "Heraldic titles must follow the patterns of period heraldic titles. These are generally drawn from ... names of heraldic charges (Crosslet Herald, Estoile Volant Pursuivant, Noir Lyon Pursuivant) ..." As a heraldic charge, a massacre is a stag's entire rack of antlers, possibly with the head (or part of it) attached; see Parker's Glossary of Terms Used in Heraldry, http://www.heraldsnet.org/saitou/parker/Jpglossm.htm, under "Deer" and "Massacre", and the PicDic, under "Horn, animal". The submitting herald does not have access to the OED; hopefully, relevant cites will be provided in kingdom commentary. Although it's not technically required, there is a letter of support or "petition" included, signed by the shire's seneschal and exchequer.

Unfortunately, the heraldic use of "massacre" is post-period, according to the OED. The earliest reference is from 1722: "The French use the Word Massacre, for a Head Caboched" [Nisbet: Syst. Heraldry I. 338]. All the period senses of the word have something to do with indiscriminate killing, and hence are inappropriate and offensive for use as a heraldic title, so this must be returned.

16 James McBane - Resub Device forwarded

Per pale sable and gules, in pale three fox's masks Or.

His name was registered in Sep. 2006, via the East. His original device submission, Sable, a trillium argent, voided sable, on a chief gules, three fox masks Or was returned on the Feb. 2006 LoD for violating RfS VIII.2.b.i. His previous device resubmission, Quarterly sable and gules, a fox's mask Or, was returned on the July 2006 LoD for conflict with Isabella of Greycliffs (07/1985 via the Middle), Per bend sinister embattled sable and vert, a fox's mask Or, with just one CD for the field. This submission adds two fox's masks to clear this conflict. This device is clear of Brianna McBain's badge (Sep. 97 East), Gules, three fox's masks Or, with one CD for the field, and another for arrangement.

17 John Marshall atte Forde (m) - New Name Change forwarded
Current name: John Marshall of Hartshorn-dale

No changes. His current name was registered in Sep. 2002, via the East. It is to be released if this registration is successful. Both 'John' and 'Marshall' are found in "An Index to the 1523 Subsidy Roll for York and Ainsty, England" by Karen Larsdatter (http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/york16/index.htm). R&W (3rd ed.) p. 174 s.n. Ford lists a Geoffrey atte Forde 1296.

The difference between the dates for John Marshall and atte Forde is only 227 years, so the combination is registerable without even a step from period practice, but just for the sake of completeness... Earlier dates for some form of both John and Marshall can be found in Karen Larsdatter's "An Index to the 1296 Lay Subsidy Rolls for Rutland, England" (http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/Rutland/index.htm), which has Mareschall and Marescall as surnames, and John as a given name. The given names in this article have been normalized/modernized, and Withycombe's entry for John is singularly useless for our purposes, but R&W p. 256 offers Robert John 1279 (s.n. John) and William Johnson 1379 (s.n. Johnson), showing that the modern spelling should be fine for the 13th-14th century. The 'c' in Marshall doesn't seem to have gone away until later, although we can move it back a few decades from 1523: Bardsley p. 516 s.n. Marshall (accessed via Google Books: http://books.google.com/books?vid=OCLC00610898) has Jacobus Laurence, horsmarshall and Richard Henryson, horsmarshall, temp. Hen. VII (r. 1485-1509).

18 Kenneric Aubrey - Resub Device forwarded

Azure, a chevron inverted between an owl close contourny and two crossed keys argent.

His name was forwarded to Laurel on the Oct. 2006 xLoI. His original device submission, Azure, a chevron between two owls contourny and a key palewise wards to sinister chief argent, was returned on the Aug. 2006 LoD for multiple conflicts: Angela of the Stoney Oak Forest (Jun. 84 via the Middle), Azure, a chevron between two acorns and an oak leaf argent; Beorn Collenferth (Oct. 82 via Meridies), Azure, a chevron between a harp, an axe reversed and a sabre-toothed tiger statant argent; and Rannveigr Haakonardottir (Dec. 83 via the East), Azure, a chevron between two falcons close respectant and a drakkar's prow reversed argent. In each case, there was but one CD for the changes in type of secondary charges. This submission changes the orientation of the chevron (among other things) to clear these conflicts.

This device is clear of Ealasaid MacDonald (Dec. 1994 via Atlantia), Azure, a chevron inverted between three crescents one and two argent, with one CD for the type and another for the arrangement of the secondary charges. (Or, if one sees "crossed keys" as a single charge, one for type and one for number of secondaries.)

19 Mahin Bãnu (f) - New Name Change forwarded
Current name: Selena d'Ambra

No major changes. If this name is registered, her current name is to be released. It was registered in Jan. 1991, via the East. If her name must be changed, she cares most about the sound and Persian language and/or culture. Mahin Bãnu is the name of a princess of the Safavid Dynasty in 16th century Iran. She is more commonly known as the princess Soltãnum, sister of Shah Tahmasb. The name appears in an article by Abolala Soudavar, "A Chinese Dish from the Lost Endowment of Princess Soltãnum," originally published in Iran and Iranian Studies: Essays in Honor of Iraj Afshar (edited by Kambiz Eslami; 1st ed. Princeton, NJ: Zagros Press, 1998, pp. 125-147). A copy of the article downloaded from his website (http://www.soudavar.com) is attached. The specific references to Mahin Bãnu are found on pages 4-5. The name is inscribed on a bowl in this spelling. Mahin Banu is also the name given to a character in the poem "Khusrow and Shirin" by the poet Nizami (1140-1230). Based on descriptions of the poem found in published sources, the character appears to be a human queen possessed of no special powers. Shirin, the hero's love interest, is Mahin Banu's daughter. See The World of Myths, vol. II, (British Museum Press, 2004), pp. 142-43 (findable on Google put not printable); and see also an article reviewing a book discussing Nizami's poem (http://syrcom.cua.edu/Hugoye/Vol7No2/HV7N2PRHorn.html).

The question was raised whether the historical Mahin Banu's name is worthy of protection against presumption or conflict. Precedent says: "Traditionally, we protect the names of rulers (though not necessarily their consorts)" (Dmitrii Ivanovich, 09/01 R-An Tir). The parenthetical comment seems to imply that protection probably doesn't extend to a little-known princess, so I'm forwarding this name.

20 Martyn de Haliwell (m) - New Name forwarded & New Device forwarded

Per pale argent and azure, a hedgehog statant between three Latin crosses clechy counterchanged.

No major changes. If his name must be changed, he cares most about the sound Hell-e-well. Withycombe p. 200 s.n. Martin dates a Martyn Cocke to c. 1515. R&W p. 213 s.n. Halliwell dates Osbert de Haliwell' 1200, Robert Halwewoll, Martin de Halgewelle 1275.

Talan Gwynek's "Given Names from Early 13th Century England" (http://www.sca.org/heraldry/laurel/names/eng13/eng13.html) has Martin, along with several examples of the interchangeable use of 'i' and 'y': Wido and Wydo (forms of "Guy"), Helias and Helyas ("Elias"), and Wymark and Wimark. Thus, Martyn is a plausible 13th century English name, matching the dates for the byname. Note that the cited de Haliwell' represents a scribal abbreviation, most likely of de Haliwelle, but the cited spelling Halwewoll shows that dropping the final 'e' is reasonable.

According to the PicDic, a "cross fitchy" is any cross with its lower limb replaced with a long point. The crosses in this emblazon are crosses clechy with the bottom limb stretched into (not replaced with) a long point, so they've been reblazoned as Latin crosses clechy.

21 Melodia de Westbrok - New Device returned

Purpure semy of needles, a rose argent.

Her name was registered in Sep. 2005, via the East.

Unfortunately, this device conflicts with Titus of Wormwood (Feb. 1985 via the West), Purpure, a cinquefoil slipped and singly leaved argent, with just one CD for the needles, but nothing for the stem and leaf (which are considered to be blazonable artistic details).

22 Scolastica la souriete (f) - New Blanket Permission To Conflict forwarded & New Badge returned

(Fieldless) A dressed drop spindle Or.

Her primary name was registered in Oct. 2006, via the East. Her device, Or, a Catherine wheel vert, on a chief azure three frets Or, was registered in Apr. 1988, via Trimaris. The text of the letter is as follows: "I, Kristine Elliott, known in the SCA as Scolastica la souriete, waive the full protection of my registered name "Scolastica la souriete". I grant permission to any future submitter to register a name that is not identical to my registered name. I understand that this permission can be withdrawn by written notice to the Laurel Sovereign of Arms, but that conflicting items registered while it is in force will remain registered." The submitted depiction of a drop spindle is markedly different from the SCA norm, which has a wide whorl and a triangular cop (the thread wound around the spindle). Such a depiction is found in the PicDic, and was mentioned as correct in precedent as recently as May 2002 (Rory Daughton, R-Atlantia). However, this is a distinctly modern form, as glaringly non-medieval to the trained eye as a ballpoint pen is glaringly modern to anyone's eye. The characteristics of a medieval drop spindle are: a shaft shaped to a point at each end; a small, beadlike whorl; and a cop that tapers at both ends, resulting in a pointed ovoid shape. The included illustrations show extant early 9th century spindles from the Oseberg ship burial (found in "The Textiles in the Oseberg Ship" by Anne Stine Ingstad, http://www.forest.gen.nz/Medieval/articles/Oseberg/textiles/TEXTILE.HTM ), medieval spindles and whorls found in Greenland (Woven into the Earth: Textiles from Norse Greenland by Else Østergård, Aarhus Universitetsforlag, 2004), and a selection of illuminations and paintings showing women spinning with drop spindles: - the Fecamp Psalter (Normandy c.1180, The Hague, KB 76 F 13); - Legend of St. Joachim: Annunciation to St. Anne (Giotto di Bondone, 1304-06; Cappella Scrovegni a Padova); - a Book of Hours (south Netherlands, 1310-20; British Library, Stowe 17 f.34); - the Lutrell Psalter (1325-35, British Library, Add. 42130 f.60); - De claris mulieribus (G. Boccaccio, early 15c.; British Library, Royal 16 G. V f.56); - Roman de la Rose (c.1490, Bodleian Library, Douce 195 Folio 67v); - "Woman Spinning and Entertaining a Visitor" (engraving by Israhel van Meckenem the Elder, c1450; from S. Held's Weaving, 2nd ed.); - an early 16c. German drawing (from M. Jones: The Secret Middle Ages); - Netherlandish Proverbs (P. Brueghel the Elder, 1559). Also included is an image of arms with "Wharrow Spindles" from John Guillim's Display of Heraldrie (1632, p. 294), courtesy of Bruce Draconarius of Mistholme (who asks that it be mentioned that he is aware of the problem with the current PicDic's depiction of a drop spindle; he will be using the Guillim emblazon in the next edition). The 'wharrow spindle' shown in Guillim is essentially the submitted charge, except it has a hooked end. The submission is depicted without this hook, in keeping with the medieval items and illustrations listed above.

Unfortunately, this badge conflicts with Matilda of Tay (Mar. 1984 via Calontir), Per bend sinister ermine and gules, in sinister base a threaded drop-spindle Or, with only a single CD for the field(lessness) -- there's no CD for placement or arrangement when one of the items is fieldless.

23 Scolastica la souriete (f) - New Blanket Permission To Conflict forwarded
Submitted Name: Cateline de la Mor la Souriete

This name was registered in August 1990, via Trimaris, and changed to an alternate name in Oct. 2006, via the East. The text of the letter is as follows: "I, Kristine Elliott, known in the SCA as Scolastica la souriete, waive the full protection of my registered name "Cateline de la Mor la Souriete". I grant permission to any future submitter to register a name that is not identical to my registered name. I understand that this permission can be withdrawn by written notice to the Laurel Sovereign of Arms, but that conflicting items registered while it is in force will remain registered."

24 Valentina Barrow - Resub Device forwarded

Lozengy argent and vert, on a chief indented purpure three roses Or barbed vert seeded gules.

Her name was registered in Aug. 2006, via the East. Her previous device submission, Per bend sinister argent and purpure, a double rose purpure and argent and a double rose argent and purpure, all barbed vert, was returned on the Jan. 2006 LoD (dated Mar. 12, 2006) for conflict. This is a complete redesign.

This device is clear of Phillip of the Valley of Sleep (Nov. 1973), Argent, a chief indented purpure, with one CD for the field and one for adding the tertiary roses. It's also clear of both Celia the Fair (Sep. 2003 via Lochac), Ermine, on a chief indented purpure three estoiles Or, and Andrew McClaine (Sep. 1994 via An Tir), Paly vert and argent, on a chief indented purpure three fleurs-de-lis argent, in each case which a CD for the field and one for the type of tertiaries.


Bardsley, Charles Wareing. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames. Oxford University Press, London, 1901.

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