inspiration for the challenge came from a class I took at RUM this past
year, in the class we went through the book of what expectations were
there for a true courtier, and discussed how these could be applied
to our lives within the SCA. Seeing the good qualities expected by the
book inspired me to pose a challenge to allow all members of the society
to show off their skills, and truly celebrate what makes our group so
-- Lady Brigida
To be wise and well seen in discourses
To prove your wisdom, you must answer five questions about our
To play for his pastime at dice
and cards, not wholly for monies sake, nor fume and chafe at his losses.
In the game room, sit down with an opponent and play a hand
or two of cards or play a dice game
To be meanly seen in the play
at chess and not over cunning.
Also in the game room will be chess boards, come show your ability
and test your skill learning a different form of chess.
To be handsome and cleanly in
Show that your garb is in good repair and well made.
To make his garments after the
fashion of the most, and those to be black, or of some darkish and sad
color, not garish.
Being that we are not all late period Italian men, this does
not apply to all of us, but does your garb fit the “fashion of
the most” for your persona? Is it in the appropriate style and
fabric that would have been used for your time and location?
(A short form will be available at Troll if you wish to participate
in this item of the Challenge)
To have the feat of drawing and
We will open this up beyond drawing and painting, do you do
any art or craft? Bring a sample of your work to enter in the bean count.
To dance well without over nimble
footings or too busy tricks.
Join the Saltatoris Dance Guild for a dance or two on our dancing
list held along the combatants weather permitting.
To Sing well upon the book.
Our fair Baroness Gwenlyn would love to hear you present your
musical skills to her, throughout the day, please approach her and give
her a sample of your talents with a song.
To Play upon the Lute and sing
to it with the ditty.
If you are skilled and able to multitask, please approach our
fair Baroness and sing a song as you play upon your instrument.
To Play upon the Viola and all
other instruments with frets.
All musicians, come forth instrument in hand and play a song
for our Baroness, we are opening this to any period instrument, not
just those with frets.
To be skillful in all kind of
Armored combatants! Show your skill upon the list and honor
your noble opponents with a good fight.
To play well at fence upon all
kind of wepons.
Rapier combatants! Come forth onto the list and show your prowess.
Give honor to your noble opponents by bringing your skill to the list.
All fighters! Upon both lists will be the opportunity to tourney,
step onto the list and fight well for those who inspire you.
Never to be of the last that appear
in the lists at jousts or in any open shows.
Punctuality is crucial. The first ten people to begin the courtiers
challenge, and the first one in gear and inspected to fight on both
lists will receive a point for this.
The final end of a Courtier, where
to all his good conditions and honest qualities tend, is to become an
Instructor and Teacher.
This point will be earned by those who teach and those who attend
a class. Instruction is one of the best ways that we are able to hone
and grow our skill. Teachers will be awarded two points for teaching,
and students will earn one point for attending.