Minutes of the February, 1970 Herald's Meeting
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This report was found in a stack of paperwork in the home of Maythen Gervais and William of Hoghton.


The fifteenth of Februarius, A.D. 1970, A.S. 4.

The College of Heralds being assembled in the House of Eastmarch, these things were done.

First, it was discussed how the different members of the College of Heralds may be distinguished at sight. There is in tradition the rule that only the King-at-Arms may wear fur trim to his cloak. But the College does not care for sumptuary laws, and the Lord Laurel King-at-Arms has no objection, so that rule is now no more.

Lady Banner Pursuivant suggested insignia encoding numerals, as, one, a sunburst; two, a crescent; three, a trefoil, four, a cross; five, a pentacle. But this was thought too military. And the Lord Laurel has determined to have made by the Jewelers' Guild certain discs of orichalcum bearing the laurel wreath and the individual titles, viz., Laurel, Clarion, Banner, Greencloak, and Aten. And lesser members of the College shall wear a pin of crossed trumpets.

It was noted that the citizenry of the Society need only look for a green cloak to know that they are dealing with a herald. Moreover, the discs and pins can be worn without the cloaks, to show that one is in the College of Heralds but is off duty.

It was also noted that the Seneschals, Cancellor and the rest generally follow the what the College of Heralds establishes (as the official cloak), and will undoubtedly continue doing so.

Second, the problem was discussed of how many should march in the procession with a given household, and how many should be announced or their arms blazoned by the Herald.

Lord Laurel suggested that the procession be limited to armigerous persons, and what might be called the immediate members of the households.

However, said Lady Alison, many nobles, as the Duke of Mount-royal, feel that it owes to their consequence to have many retainers in their train.

Lord Laurel said: To limit households to a lord and his lady and a banner carrier would not work. Moreover, said Lord Greencloak, we want to encourage households. And Lady Banner said, We have never distinguished between the nobility and peasantry; if we tell a person he cannot march in the procession, we classify him as a peasant.

Then Lady Alison pounted out that it is the prerogative of the King to decide who shall march; and the College then devises how to do it neatly. However, said Lord Laurel, an enlightened monarch listens to his advisors. So let us suggest to his Majesty that only the head of the household be blazoned. An armigerous person who marches with someone else's household will not be blazoned. And if there are sixty people in a household, they can do one of two things: form a huge block on either side of the throne, or fan out behind the head of the household and his lady, who stand in the line.

And Lord Greencloak suggested that he and Lady Banner stand on either side of the throne and direct traffic; and that all this be brought before the Curia Regis; and this was agreed to.

Lord Banner suggested that heads of households be put in charge of encouraging the household to fan out and flow behind the people who have already been presented.

Then Lord Greencloak asked, What do we do with new people? Lord Laurel answered, Present them to the King. Some one of the College will have to tell them what to do.

Then Lady Alison said, We ought to make the distinction between a presentation and a coronation procession. A presentation at a crown tourney should be shorter, because there is little time. At a coronation there is more time, but the Crown Prince and Princess are the last ones in. Thre is no sense in presenting newcomers to a King who is about to stand down.

But all this will be brought before Curia Regis, and hopefully the lists of precedence will be drawn up by then.

Third, devices of dubious heraldic quality were discussed. And it was reaffirmed that a device need not be heraldically correct, but that people who register non-heraldic devices should be warned that they will have to change them if they receive awards of arms.

And (in the matter of Ironstede of Atenveldt) it was asked how one may have an iron horse proper; would it appear black or grey? And there was much fruitless discussion, at the end of which it was determined to blazon a horse sable.

And it was reaffirmed that one must not copy the arms of genuine persons or corporations, nor of fictional characters.1

Fourth, the problem was discussed of how closely two sets of arms may resemble one another without causing confusion on the field; and whether such items as color may be used for differencing. As for example, John of Griffin, with vert, a griffin rampant contourné or, and Alfonso de Castile, or, a griffin rampant sable. Now in theory these arms are perfectly acceptable. But will they lead to confusion on the field? Moreover, if the College authorizes both arms, it eliminates the use both of reversing and of color changes as means of differencing. And note that the Board of Directors bears the Society's arms with colors reversed: vert, a laurel wreath or.

Lady Banner suggested that a minimum difference of fifty per centum of the terms of the blazoning be the criterion.

Lord Greencloak suggested taht the arms be accepted, since both color and position were different.

And so it was deemed, subject to regula pollicis, that similar arms are acceptable if there is a difference in two of the three: color, charge, and position.

By this rule Lady Elizabeth Joan of Griffin, desiring the same beast, the same position and a reversal of teh same colors as a device already registered, must adapt them.2

Fifth, the matter of quartering was discussed. Lord Clarion opposes the use of quartered arms, since they indicate that the bearer has both parents bearing arms in the Society: and this is true as of yet of very few. But a plain quartered field is allowed. Thus Ironstede may have quarterly azure and argent, and Verena of Laurelin, who was formerly refused a blazon of quarterly, by quarters, 1 and 4, azure, a crux ansata or, 2 and 3, argent, may have it. (But she has changed her mind.) Since 2 and 3 are without charge, the blazon is not two arms quartered.

Sixth, Lord Laurel King-at-Arms announced that he is preparing a series of articles for publication in Tournaments Illuminated, to become a handbook of practical heraldry,3 so that the College will soon have to decide on certain items (as, the insignia previously mentioned) so that they may be established. And these will be the subjects thereof: primo, the nature of the College of Heralds; secundo, how to be a field herald; tercio, the nature of the Curia Regis; quarto, the nature of the Court of Chivalry; quinquo, the history of heraldry and the College of Heralds as they relate to the original Middle Ages. And to this Lady Alison suggested that he add a short article, suitable for reprinting, on what are and what are not heraldic arms.

And Lord Clarion announced that the College, for such events as tourneys, will put out a little piece of paper, a newssheet, as it were, telling people what goes on and who is who; explaining the events of the day, whether coronation, crown tourney, or revels; and how to identify people, specifically by their arms, many of which may be emblazoned in the margin. And instructions may be included for newcomers on how to be have when presented to the King.

Seventh, certain corporate arms were listed.

Imprimis, the Society for Creative Anachronism, or, a laurel wreath vert.

Item, the Board of Directors: vert, a laurel wreath or.

Item, the King and Kingdom of the West: or, within a laurel wreath vert, a crown dancetty of three points, voided, vert.

Item, the Queen of the West: or, within a wreath of roses proper, a crown dancetty of three points, voided, vert.

Item, the King and Kingdom of the East: purpur, within a laurel wreath vert fimbriated or, an Eastern crown of three grand points and two lesser points, the grand points bearing pearls, or.

Item, the College of Heralds: vert, in saltire with bells in chief, two straight trumpets or.

Item, the College of Seneschals: gules, a key or.

Item, the gonfalon of the Earl Marshall is tentatively sable, in saltire two swords or.

Item, the colors of the Lord Chancellor are argent and azure, but the blazon is not given.

Item, the Consortium Antiquum, O.L.: vert, in saltire with bells in chief, two clarion trumpets or above a tambour proper.

Item, the Principality of Atenveldt has not yet chosen arms. But Lady Banner suggests a sun having distinct rays, each terminating in a hand.

Item, the Middle Kingdom and the Barony of Three Mountains have not yet chosen arms.

Eighth, many individual arms were brought before the College for blazoning and approval.

Imprimis, John of Griffin desires vert, a griffin rampant contourné or. Now these are heraldically acceptable, but there is already registered or, a griffin rampant sable. But by the rule of two differences of the three, charge, color, and position, as established above, the arms are accepted.

Item, Lady Elizabeth Joan of griffin desires or, a unicorn rampant vert, horned and hoofed or. Now firstly, gold horn and hoof on a gold field will not do; they must be somehow distinguished. Beyond that, the College has already registered vert, a unicorn rampant or, which is the same beast, the same position, and the same colors reversed, so that the more recent arms must be somehow adapted.4 And Lady Banner shall send to Lady Elizabeth letters apprising her of the same.

Item, Sir Hubert de Recoing desires vert, a sword per bend argent, hilted azure, between a scroll argent, inscribed and rubricated, and a breadloaf proper. And the arms are accepted. Since no words are legible on the scroll, "inscribed" will serve, and "rubricated" signifies the red capitals.

Item, Ironstede of Atenveldt, Aten Pursuivant, desires quarterly azure and argent, an iron horse rampant proper. The field quarterly is acceptable. The problem of emblazoning an iron horse proper, whether it be sable or gris, has been touched on. Now it was pointed out that Lord Aten Pursuivant has made this device in imitation of the trademark of a certain vehicle of the degenerate Twentieth Century, in violation of the rule against the same listed above. But since Lord Aten Pursuivant is not called fussy, the College suggests quarerly azure and argent, a horse rampant sable, which supplies sufficient difference.

Item, it is reported that all the members, armigerous and non-armigerous, of Toad Hall shall march under the household banner, a non-heraldic device which need not be blazoned; but teh herald shall say, Toad Hall.

Item, Janice of Ilwheirlane is reported to desire vert, a unicorn rampant contourné or and a wingless wyvern or, se regardant as conjoined in combat. And it was debated whether she might have a wingless wyvern.5 But this will be decided at such time as the Lady Janice herself submits her device to the College.

Item, Lady Janet of the Lists desired to register a device for her unborn child, if it be allowed;6 and this being granted, she set forth gules, a golden fleece proper.

Ninth and last, several small items were mentioned for further thought.

Imprimis, it is necessary to make a nameband for the Great Seal for His present Majesty, Stefan de Lorraine. And the Seal was entrusted to lady Johanna, to have the band made by Michel de Mohlé.

Item, Lady Alison suggested the construction of a pavilion for the College of Heralds, in two sections, so that it can be large or small as needed.

Item, Lady Alison made a treasurer's report: the College has a positive balance of $14.10.

Item, Lord Laurel reported an advertisement in the Saturday Review, offering two dollars each for anecdotes or jokes whose punchlines were twists on the language. And he said, If there is anything the College of Heralds has, it is puns; and if there is anything the College of Heralds needs, it is money. And certain members of the College will apply themselves thereto.

Item, it was still a mystery where Arnulf Silkenhair was become, who was entrusted with the construction of the Great Book of Arms. And Jean de la Grande Danse is said to know his whereabouts, but will not disclose them. And Lady Johanna was set to confront the said Jean de la Grande Danse, and to see if he could be persuaded.7

And when all these things were accomplished the College adjourned to revels in the company of Thir Majesties, who arrived at that time.

by the hand of Dorothea of Paravel.


It should be noted that this was six pages, and the endnotes referenced by the superscripts were not included. HvH


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