Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Teddy's arms


For many years my husband, Teddy, and I were members of the Far Isles Medieval Society.

This is a group that was (in the far mists of time) once part of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Members may have two characters in the Far Isles based, often very loosely, on historical periods between 500 and 1603.

I served many years as King of Arms for the society and, hence vetted and created many achievements of arms.

One of Teddy's characters had - supposedly- trained a flock of killer sheep and had thus been granted arms as: 

 Tenne a sheep in wolf''s clothing proper.

This was a red-brown shield with a sheep with a wolfskin cloak standing ( as this was thought an appropriate pose for a sheep).

Teddy was never very happy with these arms, as he felt a killer sheep should be more warlike. 

His other character was a Renaissance fop and I designed appropriate arms;

Chequey vert and or a russet apple slipped with a bite taken from the sinister chief proper.

Teddy's favourite colours are green and yellow. Hence, he was happier with these arms.

In time the membership and flavour of the society changed and we decided to leave.

Teddy, however, had been elected king ( Head of Society) three times and was, much to his ( but nobody elses) surprise made a Life member. We were also told that this sort of extended to me too and I am now a sort of Associate Life Member-weird but apparently true.

 Anyway, when we decided to get married, I decided to draw up a new achievement for Teddy, combining his previous coats and rectifying previous design errors.

The blazon is: Tenne, a sheep in wolf's clothing rampant in chief a label dovetailed chequey vert and or charged with a russet apple slipped with a bite from the sinister chief proper

He is very happy with these new arms.

At some point I will draw up the two marriage achievments. 

As per the ruling of the Collage of Arms for same sex marrige coats,they will be impaled.

 Mine will have my arms  (  per fess gules and argent a demi lion defamed and the base of a dragon volant tail enflamed conjoined and countercharged) on the dexter and his on the sinister and his will have his arms on the dexter and mine on the sinister.

Until next time


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