Sunday, March 21, 2010

AoA for Marcus Bucht

Marcus Codex Claustroneoburgensis 1193, fol. 404r

The border was drawn out and the text calligraphed on the first day; I don't have notes about the rest, but I don't think I finished this is one day. Maybe I did.

The text is Latin:

Audite verbis Thorvaldi Fioneque regis regineque Drachenwaldenses. Scite quod his presentibus agnoscimus virtutem dignitatemque subjecti nostrorum Marco Bucht.

Altamus et assignamus ei ordonis domini et jus tali armis prout deferet cum collegio armorum. Fit manibus nostris in decum die Aprilis anno societatis quadraginta quattuor apud Poukka.

Which reads in translation:

Pay heed to the words of Thorvaldr and Fiona, King and Queen of Drachenwald. Know that by these presents we recognize the worth and dignity of our subject Marcus Bucht. We raise him to the rank of lord and grant to him all rights to such arms as he shall register with the college of arms. Done by our hands on the 10th day of April, in the year of the society forty-four at Poukka.

The design is based (rather poorly) on Codex Claustroneoburgensis 1193, fol. 404r, which is late 15th C, German (?). Let's just say that there turned out to be way more shading than I am comfortable with.

© 2010, Sara L. Uckelman.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

AoA for Balduin Valke

Balduin MS Burney 275 f.336

This is based on British Library MS Burney 275 f.336, French, between 1309 and 1316. The penwork P was done Feb. 28, the border was drawn, inked, and painted Mar. 16, the white work and the painting of the arms on the Mar. 17, and finally, the calligraphy on Mar. 20.

Here is the text:

Pay heed to the words of Gerhardt and Judith, King and Queen of Drachenwald. We, not only through common report and the testimony of many worthy and credible gentles, but also by our own witness are well acquainted with and informed of the deeds and doings of our subject Balduin Valke, and it is our solemn and joyful duty to recognize the worth and nobility of the said Balduin by raising him to the rank of lord with all the rights, responsibilities, and privileges appertaining thereto including the sole and unique right to bear the arms blazoned as follows and depicted more plainly below, that is to say: Or, a pair of wings sable. So that none may give the said Balduin any let or hindrance or other impediment in the displaying of the said arms and in testimony of our action we have set our hands below on the 12th day of December, a.s. xliv, being the feast of Saint Lucia.

© 2010, Sara L. Uckelman.

AoA for Luna de la Lorenzo

Luna MS Egerton 2633 f.1

The initial was drawn and painted on March 18, and March 20 I finished the penwork, wrote the text, and calligraphed it.

The text reads:

Foremost amongst the qualities of a lady be that she

Be good and discreete.

Flee affectation or curiositie

Have a good grace in al her doings

Be of good condicions and wel brought up

Not to be haughtie, envious, yltunged, lyght, contentious, nor untowardlye

Have the vertues of the minde, as wisdome, justice, noblenesse of courage, temperance, contingency, sobermoode, etc.

All these and more are shewn by Luna de la Lorenzo, wherefore we make her a lady by awarding her arms, on April 10, a.s. xliv.

The text is adapted from "Of the chief conditions and qualityes in a wayting gentylwoman" English 16th C, originally found for use with the Scarborough Faire Performing Company History, Customs, and Manners SAPA 2000 by Susan Von Rudolph, and available online at

The design is adapted from British Library MS Egerton 2633, fol. 1, a French translation of Boethius made in the Netherlands, 15th C.

© 2010, Sara L. Uckelman.