Herald's Point

The Occasional Journal for the College of Heralds of Atlantia

Volume 6, Issue 5 -- September/October 2009 (A.S. XLIV)

 

 

 

Artwork credit: Maestra Julianna Fiorentini

 

 

 

Greetings from Triton!

 

It has come to my attention that we are not following the “customer service” attitude I so wish for the Atlantian CoH to promote. I’m getting complaints! Complaints! So not cool, folks.

 

And yes, you may have heard some of this on the Herald’s List, if you were paying attention. But I’m going to rehash it here, because this is flatly unacceptable, for there to be such unhappiness caused by our discipline. We’re supposed to be the “helper folks.”

 

So, it’s time for Rhiannon to pinch some folks. If you read this, and recognize yourself, then consider yourself pinched, and DO BETTER NEXT TIME!

 

First, there’s submissions... Whether its working at a consult table, or taking on a single client, always be mindful of your attitude, and try to give the best help you can, in an expedient manner as possible. If working at the consult table, don’t hog all the clients. A secondary benefit of the consult table is to provide training for younger heralds, so let them have a turn! Help them out when they get stuck, and point them gently in the right directions, but don’t be the wound-up know-it-all who makes everybody feel useless. Plus, if you are trying to handle too many clients at once, then none of them are getting the best service now, are they? 

 

For single consults, keep the communications flowing. They email you, you email back, they respond... six weeks later, they email me complaining you’ve dropped the ball... If you take on a email consult or a local consult, follow through, all the way until it’s time for them to fill out the paperwork. Then, if they never bring you back the forms, fine. You should check back on them, but once the ball is in their court, if it never goes any further, you’ve done your job. However, if that ball bounces back across your line, in the form of forms and a check, get rid of that baby like a live grenade! You have 2 (TWO) weeks total, to get the finalized submission to Golden Dolphin. Once again, expediency.

 

Then, there’s field/announcement heraldry. I’m not talking about mispronouncing names, although, we could always use a refresher course in how not to piss off Sir Boris Pigswallower, the giant German fighter. I’m talking about volunteering and being available when a field or announcement herald is needed. Yes, yes, I know being an announcement herald is boring at times. Nobody’s really paying attention and who wants to walk all the way out to the parking lot to cry the announcement again, but it’s a really, really necessary part of our events. Lots of folks in the SCA don’t wear a watch while playing, and sometimes, things get delayed or changed, and those changes need to be passed on to the folks who might be interested in knowing the autocrat is about to burn the unclaimed A&S entries, if you don’t get them out of her hall. Or how about the fact that they’re about to tow cars parked in the wrong location? You’d want to know if it were your car, right???

 

The autocrat depends on us to be that announcement/notification service. And while you might be unable to do every announcement, if you can make one, you’ve helped out. O.k., so it’s not your home group, so what? You can’t take 3 minutes to let the field area know they’re opening a keg in the hall? And if it is your home group and you are the local herald, well, I hate to tell you, but it’s part of your job to arrange for announcement heralds, regardless of what other jobs you might be doing that day. That doesn’t mean you have to do all the announcements yourself, or even oversee them. You can delegate it to another herald. But you have to make sure that need is covered.

 

Same with field heraldry. This is one of the areas we’ve worked really hard to get the marshals to see us as a benefit and not a detriment to getting their job done. Be available, be on-time, be clear and loud, pay attention, don’t mix up the cards, and above all, be courteous! ANY time you act as an Atlantian herald, be courteous! Or I’ll do more than pinch!

 

Finally, court heraldry. Oh, I’ve ranted and raved on this subject and proper behaviour and decorum until I would think your ears were bleeding. But am I getting through? That’s the question...

 

And do you know, if you are heralding a royal court, how to coordinate the local territorial B&B into the mix? We all know that for most kingdom-level events (12th Night; Crown; Coronation; etc.), baronial courts are not held. However, you should always check with the Crown and make sure They haven’t made other arrangements with the local B&B first. Surprise! Those folks communicate with each other! Imagine that.

 

Also, at the local event which has Crown attendance, you make sure the local B&B know what the Crown has planned for court. Back when I first started heralding courts, we used to ALL sit down together for the pre-court meeting, Crown, B&B and court heralds. That way, we were all on the same page as to where we were lining up, what time to line up, at what point the B&B would start their court, etc.  You know, I remember getting ready for court being so much easier when we did it that way!

 

This is a great place to utilize your seconds as well. While you are going through the docket for court, send the second to alert the landed B&B (and hustle back).

 

Atlantia has the potential to have one of the very best College of Heralds in the Knowne World, but not if we all become too self-indulgent, discourteous, unreliable and uncaring! You have to remain diligent as to the representation you are giving for your fellow heralds! People don’t say “that doggone Achbar!  He never helps with announcements!” (And they don’t, ’cause guess what?  He never refuses...) No, they say “those damn heralds wouldn’t help with any announcements!” Uh-huh. We are ALL tarred with the brush just a few of you are wielding.

 

So, stop and think about your actions, behaviours and attitudes. Really can’t help right that minute? Fine. SAY so. Be honest. “I’m on my way to judge A&S in the hall, but I’ll herald it on my way in that direction” or “I can’t do it, but let me help you find someone who can.” I often locate a better voice, even though I have a pretty decent one, but I know there are a few others who are easier to hear outdoors. And always be polite, not self-important. They’re asking you for help, and since you are an officer, they have every right to ask. It’s our version of helping ladies carry their burdens...or don’t we bother to do that anymore either???

 

Remember...  Be courteous, be helpful, be happy!

 

-- Rhiannon

 

Mistress Rhiannon ui Neill

Triton Principal Herald

House Corvus, Atlantia

 

 


  

 A Word from the Newsletter Editor

 

Greetings unto all to whom these presents come from Lady Patricia of Trakai!
 
Wow, you are getting a big newsletter this time around! First of all, Lord Janos has written an excellent article on place names from a period map of Germany. (Keep it handy in case anyone from Lunenburg, Virginia, wants a late-period SCA name.) Then you've got some extremely detailed instructions on how to file your quarterly report online, so from now on, you have NO excuse (and I don't either)! As if that wasn't enough, I've put together some information on heraldic wills, in case you or your customers are curious as to what happens to their heraldic property once they shuffle off this mortal coil. Finally, I've got both the April and May acceptances and returns from Laurel (the stuff we used to publish in the Acorn).
 
Remember, in a few months we will have a new Triton Principal Herald and a new Golden Dolphin Submissions Herald. The transition will go much more smoothly if we all pitch in and do our best for the College of Heralds.
 
In service, 

Lady Patricia, Editor

 

 

Map of “Germania Teütschland -- the other Map from the other book”

By Barcsi Janos, Black Raven Herald

 

I recently found a review of an exhibit which took place in Berlin in 2007 (which can be seen here http://www.h-net.org/~german/reviews/boettcherapril07.htm). The review was done by Susan R. Boettcher of the Department of History, University of Texas at Austin. It covers several displays in a museum in Berlin.

 

As a part of the exhibit a map was presented of Germany (Germania or “Teütschland”, now Deutschland in German). After some digging around on the internet, I found that the map was made by a well-known Swiss writer and cartographer named Johann Stumpf. Since Stumpf lived from 1500 to 1578, it can only have been made in the mid-16th Century. The map itself can be found at http://www.h-net.org/~german/reviews/graphics/dtlandkarte.JPG. You will quickly learn several things:

 

 

I have compared the names on the map to various other maps from the medieval and modern eras to determine the names of the cities, areas, rivers and locations shown thereon and provide them here as a herald’s source for alternative spellings of place-names from that era. I was not able to accurately determine the names of all places to give Stumpf’s version as well as the current one in use today – I have used question marks to indicate uncertainly. In some cases there is inaccuracy in the map (for example, it shows the Spree River flowing to the sea, when in fact it flows into the Havel River, which is not shown).

 

The map shows what Stumpf considered to be the most important cities of his day in the region. You will find that many of them are less significant now than they were then – Kalmünz, for example, is a lovely small city in central Bavaria today, but it’s hardly noteworthy nowadays. Other major cities – Wiesbaden and Darmstadt, for example, do not appear at all.

 

I hope you will find it of some use for your customers who are working on names from that time and that part of the world.


 

Original Form on Map

Modern Form

Original Form on Map

Modern Form

Aistet

Eichstädt

Lütich

Liège

Albis fl.

Elbe River

Lüzelburg

Lucelle

Algew (area)

Allgäu

Maas fl.

Meuse River

Alpes (mountains)

Alps

Main fl.

Main River

Amberg

Amberg

Marpurg

Marburg

Amstertam

Amsterdam

Masler

unknown city in Lorraine

Antorff

Antwerp

Mastricht

Maastricht

Arnstein

Arnsberg?

Mechelburg (area)

Mecklenburg

Augspurg

Augsburg

Meichtzen (area)

Meißen (district)

Baden

Baden-Baden

Melck

Melk

Bamberg

Bamberg

Mentz

Mainz

Basel

Basel

Methern (area)

Moravia

Bassaw

Passau

Metz

Metz

Behem (area)

Bohemia

Meyssen

Meißen

Beiern

Bavaria

München

Munich

Bergen

Bergen op Zoom

Münster

Munster

Berlin

Berlin

Mynden

Minden

Bern

Bern

Namur

Namur

Bingen

Bingen

Neidburg

Neidburg ruins

Bisantz

Besançon

Newe Marck (area)

Silesia **

Bon

Bonn

Nörenberg

Nuremberg

Brabandt (area)

Brabant

Nüenburg

Neuchâtel

Brandenburg

Brandenburg

Nüß

Neuss

Brandenburg

Brandenburg

Oder fl.

Oder River

Bremen

Bremen

Olmütz

Olomouc

Brenner (place)

Brenner Pass

Oppel

Opole

Breßlaw

Wrocław

Ossenbruck

Osnabrück

Bruna

Braunau am Inn

Ostereich

Austria

Brunschwig (area)

Brunswick

Otenwald (forest)

Odenwald

Brunschwig (city)

Brunswick

Paderborn

Paderborn

Brussel

Bruchsal

Polen (area)

Poland

Camin

Kamień Pomorski

Pomern (area)

Pommerania

Cassel

Kassel

Posua

Poznań

Chur

Chur

Prag

Prague

Coblenz

Koblenz

Preßburg

Bratislava

Cöllen

Cologne

Prüssen

Prussia

Croatia

Croatia

Rab

Raab

Dachow

Dachov

Regenspurg

Regensburg

Dantige

Gdansk

Rhetia (area)

Switzerland (Eastern part)

Das Deütsch Meer

The Baltic Sea

Rhin fl.

Rhine River

Das Mitternächtig Meer (sea)

The North Sea

Römerßwl

Reimerswaal

Deventer

Deventer

Rotertam

Rotterdam

Die Eyffel (area)

Eifel

Rotwil

Rotweil

Die Marck

Carinthia (Avar March)

Rotwitz

Rattwitz

Donaw fl.

Danube River

S. Vit

Sankt Veit an der Glan

Draua fl.

Drava River

S. Wolfgang

Sankt Wolfgang

Dresen

Dresden

Sagabria

Donji Bogićevci

Düringen (area)

Thuringia

Saltz fl. (?)

Salzach River

Düringer Wald (forest)

Thuringian Woods

Saltzburg

Salzburg

Eichwaß (?)

Eichelwang

Sarbruck

Saarbrucken

Elb flus

Elbe River

Saxen (area)

Saxony-Anhalt (district)

Elsas (area)

Alsatia

Schadeck

unknown city in Poland

Emerich

Emmerich (am Rhein)

Schadwien

Schottwien

Ems fl.

Ems River

Schafhusen

Schaffhausen

Erdfurt

Erfurt

Schlesy

Silesia

Flandren (area)

Flanders

Schmalkald

Schmalkalden

Francken (area)

Franconia

Schwaben (area)

Swabia

Franckfurt

Frankfurt am Main

Schypolit (?)

Schönbühel an der Donau

Franckfurt

Frankfurt (Oder)

Seger

unknown city in Poland

Fridaw

Ormož

Snisna

unknown city in Poland

Frießland

Frisia

Solatorn

Solothurn

Fryburg

Freiburg

Soltwedel

unknown city on the Elbe***

Frysing

Freising

Spir

Speyer

Geldern

Geldern

Spre fl.

Spree River

Gelnhusen

Gelnhausen

Steir (area)

Steiermark

Gent

Ghent

Steir (city)

Steyr

Görlitz

Görlitz

Stettin

Szczecin

Goßlar

Goslar

Straßburg

Strasbourg

Gretz

Graz

Stulweyssenburg

Székesfehérvár

Griptzwald

Greifswald

Stutgart

Stuttgart

Grüningen

Groningen

Sund

?Unknown city on the Baltic*

Hamburg

Hamburg

Sur see (sea)

Ijselmeer

Hartz Wald (forest)

Harz mountain region

Swol

Zwolle

Heidelberg

Heidelberg

Thorn

Toruń

Heilbrun

Heilbronn

Torgen

Torgau

Helvetia

Switzerland (western part)

Trier

Trier

Hessen (area)

Hesse

Tübingen

Tübingen

Holand (area)

Holland

Uberlingen

Überlingen

Hüdeßheim

Hildesheim

Ulm

Ulm

Ingelstat

Ingolstadt

Utrecht

Utrecht

Intal (valley)

Inn Valley

Vatra (or Watta) fl.

Warta River

Iser fl.

Isar River

Venlo

Venlo

Judenburg

Judenburg

Villach

Villach

Kalmünz

Kallmünz

Wal fl.

Waal River

Keiserslutern

Kaiserslautern

Wallis (area)

Valais canton

Kernten

Carinthia

Wenden (area)

the Wends (Slavic tribe)

Kolberg

Kołobrzeg

Werd

Wörth an der Donau

Krems

Krems

Werden

unknown town in Saxony

Lausnitz (area)

Lusatia

Wesel

Wesel

Lech fl.

Lech River

Weser fl.

Weser River

Leiptzig

Leipzig

Westphalen (area)

Westphalia

Lindow

Lindau

Wien

Vienna

Linz

Linz

Wirtzburg

Wurzburg

Lipp fl.

Lippe River

Wittenberg

Wittenberg

Losan

Lausanne

Wixel fl.

Vistula River

Lothringen (area)

Lorraine

Wurms

Worms

Lubeck

Lubeck

Yn fl.

Inn River

Lucern

Lucerne

Ynßbruck

Innsbruck

Lüneburg

Lüneburg

Zurch

Zürich

Lünenburg (area)

Lüneburg

 

 

 

*Perhaps Wismar or Rostock

**Formerly Neumark or East Brandenburg

***Perhaps Schönebeck (Elbe)


 

How to Fill Out the Online Quarterly Report Form
A pictorial essay by Mistress Rhiannon ui Neill, Triton Principal Herald

(Please click each image to enlarge)

 

 

 


 
Heraldic Wills
By Lady Patricia of Trakai
 
If you're a reasonably responsible person, you've already made out and signed a last will and testament, designating who will get your house, your high-mileage war wagon and your other worldly goods after you die. You've designated a guardian for your minor child(ren), if you have any, and you've signed other forms stating your preferences for medical care if you cannot speak for yourself.
 
But have you written a heraldic will?
 
The registrations of your name, device and badges with the SCA College of Arms do not come with an expiration date, and they don't drop out of the armorial database when you die, either. A few months ago, the Laurel Office returned an Atlantian badge submission for conflict with a badge registered to a rather infamous former (non-Atlantian) king who died in prison five years ago. Since he's no longer around to grant permission to conflict, current and future SCA members can't get too close to his badge design for all eternity.
 
Granted, no one likes to think about dying, but we all will shuffle off this mortal coil eventually. What would you like to have done with your heraldry when you are gone? You have options:
 
 
(Technically, if you die without a heraldic will, your mundane heirs will inherit your SCA heraldry -- but if they're not in the SCA already, they probably will have no clue that such armory even exists. And even if they are in the SCA, they can release the armory or give permission to conflict as THEY deem fit, regardless of what you would have wanted.)
 
The rules governing heraldic wills are laid out in Section IV.G of the current
Administrative Handbook of the College of Arms. There, the Laurel Office spells out the rules for restricted or reserved armorial elements and for cadency. For example, the son of a late Duke can't display a ducal coronet on his inherited device until he serves two reigns as King.

Writing a heraldic will is not that difficult. First, of course, you have to decide exactly what you want to do with your heraldry.

Then, proceed to Appendix D of the current
Administrative Handbook of the College of Arms. There, you will find the sample text of a heraldic will, and you can just fill in the blanks:

I [Legal name of owner], known in the Society for Creative Anachronism, Incorporated (SCA) as [SCA name of owner] leave to [legal name of heraldic heir], known in the SCA as [SCA name of heraldic heir, if any] my (name/armory) registered in the SCA, ([name to be transferred]/blazoned as [blazon of armory to be transferred].

I [Legal name of owner], known in the Society for Creative Anachronism, Incorporated (SCA) as [SCA name of owner] release the following names and armory registered to me in the SCA [insert list of all names or armories to be released]

[Date] [Signature of [Name]]

I [Legal name of owner], known in the Society for Creative Anachronism, Incorporated (SCA) as [SCA name of owner] wish to make the following determinations to my name(s) and/or armory upon my death as below:

[select options as desired; items may be split amongst multiple people or released entirely]

- transfer to [legal name of heraldic heir], known in the SCA as [SCA name of heraldic heir, if any] my [name/armory] registered in the SCA, [insert name or "blazoned as [insert blazon of armory]].

- release the following [name/armory] registered to me in the SCA [insert list of all names or armories to be released]

[Date] [Signature of [Name]]

The
FAQ of the West Kingdom College of Heralds says that the recipient of the willed armory should also send paperwork to his/her heraldic college indicating acceptance of the future transfer. That will make the eventual procedure run more smoothly.

When the original bearer of the armory dies and the heir accepts the bequest, the transfer will follow the usual route of submissions to the College of Heralds and eventually be registered by the Laurel Office.

The Laurel Office letter of December 2003 contained a note from the (then) Wreath Herald concerning proof of death. Wreath had honored a request to fulfill a heraldic will, but the submission was unaccompanied by any documentation that the original bearer of arms had, in fact, died. Suppose this was some kind of cruel prank? At that time, the Laurel Office was able to verify that a death had occurred, but the Wreath Herald recommended that kingdoms request -- or require -- some sort of real-world paperwork demonstrating that a heraldic testator is dead before bestowing the armory on the heir, lest they become an unwitting accomplice to malice.
 

 

Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns, April 2009
 
Unto the populace of Atlantia, greetings from Alisoun MacCoul of Elphane, Golden Dolphin Herald!
 
The Laurel Office has notified us of the results of its considerations at the meetings in April, 2009. The results for this meeting were contained in a letter from the Laurel Office received in Atlantia on 19 July, 2009.
 
ACCEPTANCES:
 
Atlantia, Kingdom of. Order name change to Order of the Alcyon from Award of the Alcyon.
 
Atlantia, Kingdom of. Order name change to Order of the Hippocampus from Award of the Hippocampus.
 
Atlantia, Kingdom of. Order name change to Order of the Sea Tyger from Award of the Sea Tyger.
 
Atlantia, Kingdom of. Badge for Award of Arielle. (Fieldless) An antelope rampant contourny Or.
 
Bella Trentavasi. Device. Quarterly sable and argent, a lion's head Or jessant-de-lys within a bordure gules.
 
Caer Mear, Barony of. Badge for Order of La Brise de Mer. Per fess gules and azure, a fess invected argent and overall a lighthouse Or.
 

Fritz Justus Fritz. Badge. Per pale gules and azure, on a bezant a boar's head couped sable.
 

Gwenllian of Yarnvid. Device. Per fess sable and argent, a plate and a tree blasted and eradicated sable.
 

Jason Michael Corvinus. Name and badge. (Fieldless) Three birds close conjoined in annulo vert. Jason and Michael are the submitter's legal given names.
 
Kára væna Þórudóttir. Name and device. Per pale argent and sable, two demi-horses combatant and a fleur-de-lys counterchanged.
 

Kieran Hunter. Device. Vert, a fret between three hounds courant and a stag's head cabossed argent.
 

Marinus, Barony of. Badge for Order of the Golden Nutmeg. (Fieldless) A whelk inverted Or. The barony has permission to conflict with Tir-y-Don's badge for the Order of the Whelk, Gyronny argent and azure, a whelk, bell in chief, Or.
 
Middlegate, Canton of. Branch name change from Canton of Hindscroft and device change. Or, a portcullis and on a base gules a laurel wreath Or. Their previous name, Canton of Hindscroft, is released. As requested, their old device, Azure, eight keys in cross parted, addorsed in pairs, all conjoined at the base by links of chain, and the whole environed of a laurel wreath, all Or, is retained as ancient arms.

 

RETURNS


The following items were returned for the stated reasons:

 

Griffinsvale, Canton of. Name and device. Quarterly azure and sable, a griffin segreant within a laurel wreath Or. Unfortunately, the Laurel staff returned the group name, ruling that all the examples of English place names which combined a given name or surname in the possessive with a descriptive noun used a descriptive noun derived from Old English or Old Norse rather than from French. They indicated that, if the name used a descriptive noun for a valley that came from Old Norse or Old English, the name would have been registerable and suggested several possibilities. Of these suggestions the form closest to the previously submitted name would be Griffinsdale, although the Laurel staff also suggested Griffinsclough, Griffinscombe, Griffinsdall, Griffinsdell, or Griffinsden as “plausible Middle English placenames.” Since the name was returned, the device had to be returned as well, since holding names cannot be created for territorial groups.


Your servant,

Alisoun
 

 
Laurel Letter of Acceptances and Returns, May 2009
 
Unto the populace of Atlantia, greetings from Alisoun MacCoul of Elphane, Golden Dolphin Herald!
 
The Laurel Office has notified us of the results of its considerations at the meetings in May, 2009. The results for this meeting were contained in a letter from the Laurel Office received in Atlantia on 29 August, 2009.
 
ACCEPTANCES:
 
The following items were REGISTERED by the Laurel Office:
 

Aodh Marland. Badge. (Fieldless) A flame per pale vert and sable.

 

Donngal mac Ronain. Name and device. Per bend sinister embattled sable and Or, in pale two lozenges Or and sable.

 

Esmé Rose. Name.

 

Janyn Fletcher of Lancastreschire. Name.

 

Mariah Isabel. Name.

 

Sybella Valentine. Name.

 

 

RETURNS:

 

No submissions from Atlantia were returned in May, 2009.

 

Your servant,

Alisoun

 

  

Point of Fact

 
The first Known World Heraldic Symposium was held in September 1973 during the first year of the existence of the Barony of Tir Ysgithr in the Kingdom of Atenveldt (mundanely Tucson, Arizona). The most recent Known World Heraldic Symposium was held this month in the Barony of the Lonely Tower in the Kingdom of Calontir (mundanely Omaha, Nebraska).

 

Heraldry is an art as old as Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, and as young as the newest submission. I welcome you to join in exploring it with your colleagues, the heralds of Atlantia -- this is your journal. If you have always wanted to write an article that would be read by every Atlantian herald, or if you have a question you would like to ask of all the heralds of Atlantia, send me a message at Patoodle AT aol DOT com! I prefer that any articles or other messages come as plain text (ASCII), as opposed to HTML or some other format. Thank you!

 

  

In Service, 

Patricia of Trakai

 
 

 

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