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In the [[SCA]] a '''Master at Arms''' is a [[peer]] of the [[Order of Chivalry]] who does not swear [[fealty]] to the [[throne]]. The distribution between [[Knight]]s and Masters-at-Arms is subject to quite a bit of regional variation, although in most [[Kingdom]]s, Knights greatly outnumber Masters.
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In the [[SCA]] a '''Master at Arms''' (alternately a '''Master of Arms''') is a [[peer]] of the [[Order of Chivalry]] who does not swear [[fealty]] to the [[throne]]. This is essentially the same as being a [[knight]], but a Master of Arms usually is addressed as "[[Master]]" or "[[Mistress]]" rather than "[[Sir]]". The distribution between [[Knight]]s and Masters-at-Arms is subject to quite a bit of [[InterKingdom Anthropology|regional variation]], although in most [[Kingdom]]s, Knights greatly outnumber Masters.
   
Masters at arms wear a [[white baldric]] instead of a [[white belt]] and do not wear a [[chain]] of fealty.
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Masters at arms wear a [[white baldric]] instead of a [[white belt]] and do not wear a [[chain]] of fealty.
   
The rank of Master at Arms was created in response to the very real concern that certain deserving individuals might restricted from the Chivalry because they could not swear the oaths, either from personal conviction or because of religious beliefs.
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The rank of Master at Arms was created in response to the very real concern that certain deserving individuals might restricted from the Chivalry because they could not swear the oaths, either from personal conviction or because of religious beliefs (i.e. the [[Jew|Jewish]] restriction on oath-swearing in the [[Kol Nidre]])
   
 
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Revision as of 02:38, 5 May 2007

In the SCA a Master at Arms (alternately a Master of Arms) is a peer of the Order of Chivalry who does not swear fealty to the throne. This is essentially the same as being a knight, but a Master of Arms usually is addressed as "Master" or "Mistress" rather than "Sir". The distribution between Knights and Masters-at-Arms is subject to quite a bit of regional variation, although in most Kingdoms, Knights greatly outnumber Masters.

Masters at arms wear a white baldric instead of a white belt and do not wear a chain of fealty.

The rank of Master at Arms was created in response to the very real concern that certain deserving individuals might restricted from the Chivalry because they could not swear the oaths, either from personal conviction or because of religious beliefs (i.e. the Jewish restriction on oath-swearing in the Kol Nidre)