The Arms of the Kingdoms of the SCA

by Daunt Iago ab Adam, Compaignon du Lorer
(Michael Case, yagowe{AT}gmail.com)
copyright 2020, all rights reserved

In 13th Century Style Emblazon[1]

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Reverse

In 13th Century Anglo-Norman Blazon[2][3]

1. Le roy du West[4] porte d’or ou ung lorer de vert ou ung fause coronne de vert.

2. Le roy de l’Est porte de purpure ou ung lorer d’or percé de vert ou ung coronne d’or.

3. Le roy de la Mi porte d’argent ou ung pal de gulez ou ung dragon de vert sur le tout et ung lorer de vert en le chef ou ung coronne d’or enmi le lorer.

4. Le roy d’Aitenvelt porte d’azure ou ung lorer d’argent ou ung rai de soleil d’or ou ung coronne d’or en le chef.

5. Le roy de Meridie porte d’argent ou ung pal de sable a trois moletties et ung coronne en le pal et ung lorer de l’ung et de l’autre environ.

6. Le roy de Caïd porte d’azure ou ung lorer d’or ou ung coronne d’or a trois cressaunts d’argent ou la bordure encastelé d’argent.

7. Le roy d’Ansteore porte d’or ou ung lorer de vert ou ung moleit de sable ou ung coronne de sable en le chef a ung faus eschue de sable et en le pié d’eschue ung soleil issant.

8. Le roy d’Atlantie porte party d’argent et d’azure ou ung fesse ondé ou deux listes ondé de l’ung et de l’autre ou ung coronne d’or en le fesse et ung lorer de vert environ.

9. Le roy d’Anteir porte eschekerré d’or et d’argent ou ung leon rampaunt de sable e la cowe fourché et coronee de gulez ou ung lorer de vert en le pé du leon.

10. Le roy de Calonteir porte de purpure ou ung croys florettez d’or ou ung coronne d’or en le chef et ung lorer d’or environ.

11. Le roy de Trimarie porte d’argent ou ung fesse d’azure ondé ou ung coronne d’argent en la fesse ou deux treble cornuz d’azure et ung lorer de l’ung et de l’autre environ.

12. Le roy de l’Outreterre porte de vert ou ung lorer d’or ou ung cerf sailliant d’argent le perch d’or ou ung coronne d’or en le chef ou la bordure encastelé d’or.

13. Le roy de Dragonwalt porte d’or ou ung lorer de sable ou trois pins de gulez et ung dragon de sable en les pins ou ung coronne d’or en le chef.

14. Le roy d’Artemeisie porte de sable ou ung pile d’or ou ung lorer de sable en le pile et ung coronne de sable enmi le lorer et deux griffouns d’or l’ung contre l’autre chascun griffoun ou ung sete.

15. Le roy d’Almerk porte de gulez ou ung lorer d’or ou ung charbucle d’argent ou ung coronne d’or en le chef.

16. Le roy d’Aldormer porte de gulez ou ung lorer d’argent ou ung trefle d’argent ou ung coronne d’argent en le chef.

17. Le roy de Locak porte quartellé d’azure et d’argent ou la croys de gulez ou ung coronne et quatre moletties d’argent en la croys et en le cantell ung lorer d’argent.

18. Le roy de Norescu porte de sable ou ung lorer d’or ou ung anelete d’argent ou ung moleit d’argent enmi l’anelete ou ung coronne d’or en le chef.

19. Le roy de Glenavene porte party de gulez et de sable ou ung lorer d’argent ou ung coillart d’argent ou ung coronne d’argent en le chef.

20. Le roy d’Avacale porte quartellé d’argent et d’or ou ung griffoun de gulez ou ung pié agu de gulez et ung lorer d’or en le pié ou ung coronne d’or enmi le lorer.

Translations:

1. The king of the West bears a shield[5] of gold with a green laurel with a green voided crown[6].

2. The king of the East bears a shield of purple with a gold laurel pierced with green with a gold crown.

3. The king of the Middle bears a shield of silver with a red pale with a green dragon over the whole and a green laurel in chief with a gold crown in the middle of the laurel.

4. The king of Atenveldt bears a shield of blue with a silver laurel with a sun in his splendour[7] with a gold crown in chief.

5. The king of Meridies bears a shield of silver with a black pale with three mullets and a crown on the pale and a laurel counterchanged surrounding.

6. The king of Caid bears a shield of blue with a gold laurel with gold crown within three silver crescents with a silver embattled bordure.

7. The king of Ansteorra bears a shield of gold with a green laurel with a black mullet[8] with a black crown in chief within a black orle and in the base of the escutcheon a sun issuing.

8. The king of Atlantia bears a shield parted of silver and blue with a wavy fess and two wavy cotises counterchanged with a gold crown on the fess and a green laurel surrounding.

9. The king of An Tir bears a shield checky of gold and silver with a black lion rampant with a forked tail and crowned with red with a green laurel its paw.

10. The king of Calontir bears a shield of purple with a gold cross flory[9] with a gold crown in chief and a gold laurel surrounding.

11. The king of Trimaris bears a shield of silver with a blue wavy fess with a silver crown on the fess with two triple horns[10] and a laurel counterchanged surrounding.

12. The king of the Outlands bears a shield of green with a gold laurel with a white stag, the antlers gold, with a gold crown in chief with a gold embattled bordure.

13. The king of Drachenwald bears a shield of gold with a black laurel with three red pines and a black dragon on the pines with a black crown in chief.

14. The king of Artemisia bears a shield of black with a gold pile with a black laurel on the pile and a black crown in the middle of the laurel and two gold griffins the one against the other, each griffin with an arrow.

15. The king of Æthelmearc bears a shield of red with a gold laurel with a silver escarbuncle with a gold crown in chief.

16. The king of Ealdormere bears a shield of red with a silver laurel with a silver trefoil[11] with a silver crown in chief.

17. The king of Lochac bears a shield quartered of blue and silver with a red cross with a crown and four silver mullets on the cross and in canton a laurel argent.

18. The king of Northshield bears a shield of black with a gold laurel with a silver annulet with a silver mullet in the middle of the annulet[12] with a gold crown in chief.

19. The king of Gleann Abhann bears a shield parted of red and black with a silver laurel with a silver ram with a silver crown in chief.

20. The king of Avacal bears a shield quartered of silver and gold with a red griffin with a pointed base and a gold laurel on the base with a gold crown in the middle of the laurel.

Notes:

[1] Style and proportions based on the Dering Roll as much as possible. The calligraphy for the blazons is based on the Dering Roll, with the layout inspired by the image of the Camden Roll in Brault’s Early Blazon.

[2] Brault’s Early Blazon is my source for most of the standard blazon terms used, and the Anglo-Norman Dictionary filled in the gaps.

[3] I’ve based the syntax and orthography mainly on that of the Falkirk Roll, from Brault’s Eight Thirteenth-Century Rolls of Arms. I’m sure there are a ton of errors.

[4] See here for details of how I came up with the kingdom names.

[5] Most rolls from this period include “l’escu”/”the shield” in the standard wording. The Falkirk Roll doesn’t, but the grammar doesn’t make sense without it so I’ve included it in my translations.

[6] For the pattern of a primary charge inside a laurel wreath I’ve opted for a laurel with an X, under the assumption that that arrangement is so common as to be expected. When that combination is non-primary I’ve gone with the wordier a laurel with an X in the middle of the laurel.

[7] Literally “a ray of the sun”, but Brault indicates this phrase can refer to a sun in its splendour.

[8] The actual Ansteorran star is of five greater and fiver lesser points, but that seemed like much more detail than 13th C blazon tended to get into.

[9] The actual cross is a cross of Calatrava, but that cross is effectively just a fancy cross flory.

[10] The triskele, or triskelion arrondi, isn’t a period charge, so I was just winging it here.

[11] Technically a trillium, which wasn’t known in period. Trefoil seemed close enough.

[12] There was no available translation for compass rose, so I went with an annulet with a mullet in the middle instead.

Bibliography:

“Add Roll 77720. ‘The Dering Roll’” British Library Digitised Manuscripts. British Library. Internet resource. Accessed 2 Apr. 2020. <http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Add_Roll_77720>

Brault, Gerard J., Early Blazon: Heraldic Terminology in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries with Special Reference to Arthurian Heraldry. Boydell, 1997.

Brault, Gerard J., Eight Thirteenth-Century Rolls of Arms in French and Anglo-Norman Blazon. The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1973.

“The Anglo-Norman Dictionary.” AND 2 On-Line Home, www.anglo-norman.net/index.shtml.

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