Another thing you want to do is make sure there isn't a group of Templars in your area. You really don't want to claim to be a Templar if there's a group in your area. We have a small group here in the Houston area.
And as far as I can find out, the only people inducted into the Templars were men. There were no women in the templars, they were basically monks who fight.
In Service to the Dream,
Lady Elizabeta Maria dei Medici
Hospitaler - Barony of the Stargate
Hospitaler - Shire of Gate's Edge
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From: Dianna McCleary
Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2006 7:35 PM
Subject: [SCA Newcomers] newbie persona stuff
Greetings all and singular!
Fresh from my first camping event and having witnessed my first arms
competitions, I am now ready to embark on the search for my persona...
I find I am faced with daunting oxy-moronic and juxtapositional
attributes with which to begin my research, "allow me to explain...no,
too much, let me sum up."
I am a woman of primarily Irish, Scotts/Irish descent...McCleary/Womack
I am an ordained minister, as such I would like to lend my services to
my barony (Dragonspine) if they have a need.
I already use a bow, will be going to fighter practice for rapier and
eventually would like to enter heavy fighting with quarterstaff, or
I would like to compile a persona using as many of these attributes as
possible. I have done a weeks worth of research and have hit some
The Knights of St. John, or Knights Templar may have included women
sometime during the last century before they were disbanded, having
many priories and comandries throughout Europe and especially France,
I believe during the 14th century. The Knights of the Garter also
included women...but I am wondering if that was just a "social
service" sort of award and not true Knighthood, persay.
Rersearching the Templars and Knights of Malta gets a bit pricklish,
since they have the modern day Masonic parellel organizations (my
father is a member)and also still have the actual awards in the UK
(Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, etc.)
If I am bound by time as far as the rapier, as well as the confines of
the women's order of the Templers...I believe I can get away with late
14th or 15th century. Now, how likely is it for an Irish woman to have
become part of one of these priories? Should I drop the mundane
linage? I'm not even going to address the fact that I'm a Protestant
not a Catholic, lol.
Thanks in advance!
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