Re: Merry Men
- ">My original idea was to take on three
Merry Men. Basically three guys who showed enough interest to obtain
a bow, good arrows, and all the other equipment necessary to
participate in SCA archery. Thus far I have found only two. Merlin
went out and recruited a half dozen Merry Men with no trouble at
all. Other members of the Greenwood company are forming similar
"bands". The idea is that these squads work as a unit to promote
archery. The Merry Men get training, and the members of the
Greenwood Company have extra hands available to set up shoots and
haul saunders matts. My only problem to date is coming up with SCA
period appropriate terms for the relationships involved. Everyone
has heard of Robin Hood and his Band Of Merry Men. But what is Robin
Hood's relationship to his Band? Is he the Captain? Our kingdom
already has an Archer General. What alternative terms are there for
"Band". Band to my modern ears sounds like a music group. Company
in my opinion refers to a larger group and is already being
used. Any suggestions?
Jim Koch "Gladius The Alchemist" "..One could always go to Chaucer - The Canterbury Tales.I believe he used the term: YeomanA band of Yeomen?...Ian Gourdon of Glen Awe
Midrealm Forester - OP
"- bows of carved wood strong for use, with well-seasoned strings of hemp, and arrows sharp-pointed whizzing in flight."
>You have again hit the nail squarely on the head. At this point we
need to come up with the tournaments and a place to post the
scores. A name for the victors would be nice. As you mentioned, the
rapier community uses, Don (appropriated from the Spanish), White
Scarf (made up and alluding to SCA jargon "white belt"), or here in
the Middle Kingdom Bronze Ring (beats me where they got that). Since
we are not discussing any sort of peerage we don't really need to
concern ourselves with the M word. We just need a designation like
schutzenkonig to indicate the current holder of the popinjay (parrot)
trophy. Eventually we'll have individuals who have won two or even
three Grand Archery Tournaments. Sort of a triple crown. There are
Dukes who have won three Crown Tournaments, so it is possible once we
have the tournaments in place.
>Jim Koch "Gladius The Alchemist"
> > "Maybe we should do likewise and pick a title equivalent to Lord
> or Lady from a culture that is known for archery."
> > i.e.: England, Mongol, Byzenitine, Turk, et. al.
> > We have looked there and they don''t seem to suit our purpose.
>That's because we've been looking for something that says "archer" but
>is a title used in period.
>Our rapier brethren didn't pick "Don" because it unambiguously meant
>"someone who is expert with a rapier" in period. They certainly didn't
>use "Don" in England--in fact, George Silver would have likely beat you
>about the head if you tried.
>The fact is, our titles are mostly compromises--a way to add a period
>flavour to our game. They mean what we've defined them to mean.
>To be honest, the more I think about it, I'm not completely sure a title
>is needed. Something to call the victor of a large inter-kingdom
>competition would be nice (and Schutzenkonig is perfect for that). But
>I think what we really want to use is Master/Mistress when that day
>comes we get a missile weapons peerage--and if we don't pick something
>now, that will mean less of a dilemma when that day comes.