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Fealty in the [[SCA]] is an oath sworn by peers of the realm to the [[Crown]] and [[Kingdom]], represented by the person of the [[King]] and [[Queen]].  Often, Fealty may be sworn to other powers that be, such as a [[Prince]] or [[Princess]], or an [[apprentice]], [[squire]], or [[protege]] might swear fealty to their [[peer]].
 
Fealty in the [[SCA]] is an oath sworn by peers of the realm to the [[Crown]] and [[Kingdom]], represented by the person of the [[King]] and [[Queen]].  Often, Fealty may be sworn to other powers that be, such as a [[Prince]] or [[Princess]], or an [[apprentice]], [[squire]], or [[protege]] might swear fealty to their [[peer]].
  
In the [[SCA]], all [[Knight]]s are required to swear fealty to the [[Crown]]. [[Masters at Arms]] are also peers of the Order of the Chilvary, however reserve the right to swear fealty instead. The other peers ([[Laurel]]s and [[Pelican]]s) are given the right to swear fealty if they choose, and will be called the same thing regardless of their choice.  
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In the [[SCA]], all [[Knight]]s are required to swear fealty to the [[Crown]]. [[Master of arms|Masters of Arms]] are also peers of the Order of the Chivalry who reserved the right to swear fealty. The other peers ([[Laurel]]s and [[Pelican]]s) are given the right to swear fealty if they choose, and will be called the same thing regardless of their choice.  
  
In the [[Kingdom of Lochac]], [[Kingdom]] [[Greater Officer]]s are required to swear fealty, whereas [[Kingdom]] [[Lesser Officer]]s are able to swear fealty should they choose.
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Fealty is generally indicated by the wearing of a plain chain of links either as a necklace, or a small linked chain under their peerage badge. It is thus considered slightly out-of-place to wear such a plain chain if you are not a peer and have not sworn fealty.
  
The [[laws]] of the [[Kingdom of Lochac]] prohibit fealty being required to any body lower than a [[Principality]], i.e. [[Baron]]s and [[Baroness]]es may not require that their subjects swear fealty.
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===Kingdom of Lochac===
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In the [[Kingdom of Lochac]], [[Kingdom]] [[Greater Officer]]s are required to swear fealty, whereas [[Kingdom]] [[Lesser Officer]]s are able to swear fealty should they choose. The [[laws]] of the [[Kingdom of Lochac]] prohibit fealty being required to any body lower than a [[Principality]], i.e. [[Baron]]s and [[Baroness]]es may not require that their subjects swear fealty.
  
The fealty oath in the [[Kingdom of Lochac]] may be found in the [[Lochac Ceremony Book]], which can in turn be found linked from http://www.sca.org.au/herald/
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Copies of the oath: See the [[Lochac Ceremony Book]], which can be found at http://www.sca.org.au/herald/
 
 
Fealty is generally indicated by the wearing of a plain chain of links either as a necklace, or a small linked chain under their peerage badge. It is thus considered slightly out-of-place to wear such a plain chain if you are not a peer and have not sworn fealty.
 
  
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===The Middle Kingdom===
 
In the [[Kingdom of Middle]], landed [[Baron]]s and [[Prince]]s must swear fealty every reign in person to either the King or his appointed representative.  [[Greater Officer]]s, and [[Knight]]s may choose to swear fealty or not.
 
In the [[Kingdom of Middle]], landed [[Baron]]s and [[Prince]]s must swear fealty every reign in person to either the King or his appointed representative.  [[Greater Officer]]s, and [[Knight]]s may choose to swear fealty or not.
  
The oaths of fealty (as the Middle has many variances) can be found in the Laws of the Middle Kingdom, linked at http://www.midrealm.org/seneschallorum/midrealmlaw.doc
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Copies of the oaths: See the kingdom's [[Laws]] at http://www.midrealm.org/seneschallorum/midrealmlaw.doc
  
Other random notes on fealty:
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===Other random notes on fealty===
  
 
* It is a [[Jew|Jewish]] tradition not to swear fealty under any circumstances, as this is prohibited by the [[Kol Nidre]].  Most [[Jew|Jewish]] peers in the [[SCA]] do not swear fealty for this reason.
 
* It is a [[Jew|Jewish]] tradition not to swear fealty under any circumstances, as this is prohibited by the [[Kol Nidre]].  Most [[Jew|Jewish]] peers in the [[SCA]] do not swear fealty for this reason.
* [[Fitzherbert on Fealty]]
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* Period text: [[Fitzherbert on Fealty]]

Revision as of 11:04, 6 September 2004

Fealty in the SCA is an oath sworn by peers of the realm to the Crown and Kingdom, represented by the person of the King and Queen. Often, Fealty may be sworn to other powers that be, such as a Prince or Princess, or an apprentice, squire, or protege might swear fealty to their peer.

In the SCA, all Knights are required to swear fealty to the Crown. Masters of Arms are also peers of the Order of the Chivalry who reserved the right to swear fealty. The other peers (Laurels and Pelicans) are given the right to swear fealty if they choose, and will be called the same thing regardless of their choice.

Fealty is generally indicated by the wearing of a plain chain of links either as a necklace, or a small linked chain under their peerage badge. It is thus considered slightly out-of-place to wear such a plain chain if you are not a peer and have not sworn fealty.

Kingdom of Lochac

In the Kingdom of Lochac, Kingdom Greater Officers are required to swear fealty, whereas Kingdom Lesser Officers are able to swear fealty should they choose. The laws of the Kingdom of Lochac prohibit fealty being required to any body lower than a Principality, i.e. Barons and Baronesses may not require that their subjects swear fealty.

Copies of the oath: See the Lochac Ceremony Book, which can be found at http://www.sca.org.au/herald/

The Middle Kingdom

In the Kingdom of Middle, landed Barons and Princes must swear fealty every reign in person to either the King or his appointed representative. Greater Officers, and Knights may choose to swear fealty or not.

Copies of the oaths: See the kingdom's Laws at http://www.midrealm.org/seneschallorum/midrealmlaw.doc

Other random notes on fealty