Peerage Exploratory Committee Announcement – Possible Rapier and/or Cut & Thrust Combat Peerage

The Board of Directors seeks to explore the possibility of creating a new Society-wide Peerage to recognize as Peers those participants who meet the general requirements for a Patent of Arms and who demonstrate prowess in Rapier and/or Cut & Thrust Combat. To that end, a Peerage Exploratory Committee has been formed whose work will help determine if we should move forward with the Society’s first new Peerage in decades and, if so, how we might best proceed.
This Committee will focus on developing a supporting narrative and recommendation. If the recommendation is in favor of such a Peerage, the committee will also recommend a set of implementation requirements. This set of recommendations would include specific implementation plans for heraldry, regalia, Corpora changes, and identifying and addressing associated issues around creating and implementing such a Peerage. The Committee’s supporting narrative for a recommendation (if positive), and the nature and quality of the implementation plans provided by the Committee may prove instrumental to the Board’s determination regarding if and how we might proceed with the new Peerage. The Board reserves the right to adjust, define, expand, narrow or reject any or all portions of the recommendation but will not do so without cause or explanation.
The results of the Committee’s work will be made available to the membership for review and comment. A much larger and more representative Review Committee will then review the results of the Committee, along with any comments from the membership concerning those results. The Review Committee will be established at a later date by the Board of Directors and will be comprised of representatives selected by the relevant groups and organizations within and across the Society (e.g., the Kingdoms, Peerages, Heralds, Seneschals, Grand Council, Rapier Fencing Community, and C&T Fencing Community) as a final input into the process. As required by the governing documents of the SCA, if any proposed changes to Corpora result from this process, they will be submitted to the membership for the standard commentary period.

The Board of Directors received a request to re-publish the names of the members of the Additional Peerage Exploratory Committee (APEC), this time including their awards/ranks and their home Kingdoms. Below you will find the list of the members, the awards most relevant to their work on the committee and their home Kingdoms. The members of the committee were chosen to represent various interest groups, skill sets needed for the work and geographical diversity to the extent possible from the pool of applicants. While we could not choose representatives from every Kingdom (we had few or no applicants from some Kingdoms), a number of the committee members have lived in multiple Kingdoms and are familiar with different Kingdom cultures.

The Committee members are listed below:

James Toscano / Master Giacomo Vincenti di Firenze: OP, Provost – Atlantia

Andrew Heinrich / Baron Mateo Montero de Madrid: White Scarf of Northshield, Warder of the Bronze Ring – Ansteorra

William Wilson / Master Gwylym ab Owain: Former Landed Baron, OL, OP, White Scarf of Atenveldt – Atenveldt

Greg Wylie / Master Laertes McBride: OP, Court Baron, White Scarf of Caid – Caid

Jay Rudin, Ph.D. / Robin of Gilwell: OP, OL, Court Baron, White Scarf of Ansteorra – Ansteorra

Michael Perry / Earl Kenric aet Essex: KSCA, Silver Crescent, Sagittarius, Maunche, formerly Brigantia Principal Herald – East Kingdom

Braddon Giles / Giles Leabrook: OP, White Scarf of Lochac, current Lochac Rapier Marshal and Baryl Herald, former Baron of Saint Florian de la Riviere – Lochac

Alissa Pyrich, Esq. / Mistress Alys Mackyntoich: OP, Companion of the Golden Rapier, Tyger of the East, Eastern Crown Herald and Ogress Herald Extraordinary – East Kingdom

Tommy Conant / Posadnik Sasha Gregor’evich Vilanov: OP, Former Territorial Baron of Darkwater, Current Triskele Herald (Principal Herald of Trimaris) – Trimaris

Mark Kiel / Master Marcus Dundee: OL, Court Baron – Trimaris

Matthew Mueller / Duke Brannos: OP, KSCA, Court Baron – The Middle Kingdom

Salli Weston / Countess Petranella Fitzallen: OL, OR, Baroness of the Court – Northshield

Matthew Parker / Lord Saito Takauji: Defender of the Silver Tyne of the Outlands, Dancing Monkey of Caer Galen – Calontir)

Henrik Olsgaard / Duke Henrik of Havn: KSCA, OL, OP – Kingdom of the West

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POST UPDATED with more detail from Corpoate 12/11/2012