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--- Giuliana <giulianadelucca@...
> I got this email tonight from John the Heshian,
> squire to Sir
> Richard de Camville. I thought I would pass it
> along. Let me know
> if I should post it to West Fence too.
> This last week Sir Richard, Sir Leohtulf, myself,
> and a few others
> went to florida for the Trimaris 20 year celebration
> Saturday night, I got the chance to attend a feat
> given by the Order
> of the Argent Rose, in honor of Duchess Elspeth.
> It turns out that about a year and a half ago,
> several lady rapier
> fighters organized a non-exclusive household for
> those who wished to
> render service to past queens of Trimaris. (They
> don't have
> princesses out there.)
> They felt that the ladies of the rose, once off the
> throne, were
> forgotten and not granted the respect they should
> be, as a model of
> inspiration to the kingdom.
> To this end, they organized about forty people
> around a sponsor,
> duchess Elspeth. When a lady of the rose is going
> to be at an
> event, this household supplies courtiers as escorts,
> invites the
> ladies to feast, and sometimes arranges other act of
> service so that
> these ladies of the rose are attended.
> About a year ago, they formed a subgroup, the Thorns
> of the Argent
> Rose. This company of fencers have made it their
> goal to fight for
> the inspiration of the ladies of the rose, and
> especially the
> reigning queen.
> It was to this group, after hearing of their history
> and goal, that
> I told the tale of the service and honor that the
> western rapier
> fighters did unto Queen Geirdis this last reign.
> They were moved,
> and asked me to express their respect for your
> It seems that over the last year, eight other
> kingdoms have had
> similar households and attached rapier fighter
> "Thorns" come
> together, often under the patronage of a duchess or
> countess. I
> have been told that only recently Duchess Angharad
> of An Tir has
> begun to form such a group in that kingdom.
> I was told that Duchess Elspeth of Trimaris has been
> serving as an
> advisor for such groups, supplying the charter of
> the original group
> to any who ask, and advice when asked.
> Needless to say, I thought I should carry this
> message, and you were
> the first person who came to mind. If you think it
> appropriate to
> pass along to other western rapier fighters, please
> feel free.
> In service,
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