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April 7th, 2013

Two scroll texts from Meridies

This weekend I travelled to Meridies for the final Court of Their Majesties Thomas and Elisanda, who have become close friends.
Last December at Magna Faire on Sunday morning, as we were leaving site, I asked if They would allow me to write their ducal scroll texts.

In January, I found out Their planned path to demise.  (In Meridies, as well as Trimaris and Glenn Abhainn, the tradition is that the Crown does not merely "step away" from power, but rather must die in some way or another.  Most of the "coolest" ways of dying have been used in the past, so it is a creative challenge to come up with an innovative exit strategy.)

Their plan was to have Elisanda "time-napped" by a Weeping Angel from Doctor Who.  She would be sent back in time, and the angel would feed off of the temporal displacement energy, or something like that.  (My knowledge of the concept is straight from Wikipedia.)  His Majesty would allow Doctor Who to send him back to the same time, so that he could rejoin his wife.

pinkpelican was going to be the scribe, and I had been told of the period of each of the scrolls, so matched the literature to those periods.

Thomas would get Chaucer, Elisenda's would be inspired by the Cantigas de Santa Maria.  I knew a little but about them thanks to cantigajoy , but read many more in the research process.  That involved going to the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center in New York City.

I sought, and was granted, the honor of reading the scrolls in Coronation Court.  For that, I thank Their Majesties Ulrich and Katarina.

I will hope to get pictures of the finished scrolls (hers is completed, his is yet in progress) to post here soon.

His:

When that Marche with his drught so drei
The snows of Waterbearer made to fly
And warmed every limb to take up sword
To ridden out in warre to serve of his lourd
Forsooth repairst we from swich nobil fighte
To take soote joie froom peacetimes delyght.
All peers and lourdes throughout Meridies
Did pile upon their King and Queen their well earned prayse
Good Thomas King did call Thanksgiving Mass
With all convened a woefull thing did pass.
Unbiden to this fest came the angels crying
And soon with Elisenda Queen down were flying.
King Thomas struct niste what his eyes y-seen
But lorn of lemen wife and leve Queen
Like Orpheus to Hell would He go down
And trade for wife the Southlands Roial Crown.
With ransom rich to Gallifrean paid
The path to lower ancient realm ope was laid.
There he did plea to bringen back his wife
By shewing they had led tru gentil life.
Eek certes everich boon they did tweyne
Forselky would he duren duc alleyne.
By digne speech he gentil wife did frei
Up they went for duc’s solempnitee.
And duc he was, and gained a leffed crown
And stood foremost among those with great reknown.
Know Thomas Duc, who ruled through strength of arm,
And gave up all to save his wife from harm.

This tale was told as all Meridies returned from Pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint Larry’s when Ulrich and Katarina crowned King on the sixth day of April in the forty seventh year of the Society, in the lands of Glynn Rhe.


Hers:

In sunny southlands reigned twice such a Queen
Such Kindness and beauty rarely was seen
True love for her subjects and wisdom keen
A flower of grace to her deepest core
Santa Maria this thing we implore
Elisenda be duchess forevermore

With Thomas she ruled and made all hearts glad
Enthroned in glory, in righteousness clad
Meeting soft justice to those who were bad
Till sixth of April year se’en and two score
Santa Maria this thing we implore
Elisenda be duchess forevermore

Came into court Royal the angels who wept
When eyes were averted much closer they crept
To time before time was Southland’s Queen swept
Grief of the King and the Land was full sore
Santa Maria this thing we implore
Elisenda be duchess forevermore

Thomas, distraught, put down Royal Power
And journeyed to Land that knew not of hour
To wicked angels he gave throne for dower
O, the great sadness the Southlands then bore.
Santa Maria this thing we implore
Elisenda be duchess forevermore

So Ulrich and Katarina were crowned
Joy in the Southlands at this did abound
Still were there hopes that those lost would be found
Maria’s aid was sought as in lore
Santa Maria this thing we implore
Elisenda be duchess forevermore

Prayers were lifted throughout the Southlands
All voices united by King’s commands
Lady Maria, we lift up our hands
In hopes this couple to us would restore
Santa Maria this thing we implore
Elisenda be duchess forevermore

Santa Maria, our prayers were heard
Among us they stood their safety assured
Though no longer Royal, such rights demurred.
Return was greeted with great shout and roar.
Santa Maria this thing we implore
Elisenda be duchess forevermore

The Law then required the Realm show their thanks
Wise Crown did grant lady all Ducal Ranks
Coronet leaved in the style of the Franks
Her holdings increased, lest she become poor
Santa Maria this thing we implore
Elisenda be duchess forevermore

Santa Maria, High Queen of the earth
Hold Elisenda as one great in worth
May her reclaimed time be spent in rich mirth
Let Her Grace have joy and all baseness deplore
Santa Maria this thing we implore
Elisenda be duchess forevermore

This song was sung as Ulrich and Katarina invested Elisenda de Luna as a Duchess with all ranks, titles, badges, and obligations pertaining thereto, on the sixth day of April in the forty seventh year of the Society in the Lands of Glynn Rhe.

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