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Re: [SCA-Archery] A few words about James Cunningham - From whom he wasapprenticed to

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  • John Edgerton
    Caedmon Could you get me Master Emrys permission to post this on the SCA-4Peerage list? Thank you Sir Jon Fitz-Rauf ************************************
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      Could you get me Master Emrys permission to post this on the SCA-4Peerage list?

      Thank you

      Sir Jon Fitz-Rauf

      cwilson@... wrote:

      > The following was written Master Emrys Eustice, to whom James Cunningham
      > had apprenticed. I am quite proud of my teacher and mentor. He is very
      > much a second father and I felt it appropriate to help spread these words.
      > -Caedmon
      > ***
      > To alle noble ducs, erles, comtes, vicomtes, barons and alle suche peeres
      > and noble peoples unto whom thise lettres come, Emrys Eustace maister of
      > the ordre of the laure recomaund hym to your gode lordeshippes. And to the
      > noble companyes of the grenewoode, the bronze ryng, and the whit launce,
      > especial gretyngs.
      > Nota bene: On saturday the .xxviij. day of June, Anno Societatus .xxxvij.,
      > in the .lxvij. day of the regne of hir roial maiestees of the Midel, at
      > Midreaume court during the warre the heraudes hight "Border Raides", kyng
      > Valharic and quene Alys saw fit to set my prentice baron James Cunningham,
      > forester of the grenewood companye, upon vigil for the moost noble ordre of
      > the laure for his skille at archery and at huntsmanshippe.
      > Or, in plainer terms, Their Royal Majesties of the Midrealm have offered to
      > make James Cunningham a Master of the Laurel by reason of his skill at arms
      > in archery, and also in period huntsmanship. At this point, I hope to have
      > the attention of every archer, fencer, mounted competitor, and thrown
      > weapons enthusiast: the path has been cleared, at least within the
      > Midrealm, for mastery-level excellence to be recognized in those fields
      > that do not fit neatly into any of our existing peerages.
      > James & I agreed to sign an indenture of apprenticeship earlier this year,
      > to take place at "Push for Pennsic" on June 15, making him my first
      > apprentice. He told me then that his reason for seeking this relationship
      > with me, and for eventually achieving the recognition of Master of the
      > Laurel, was to enable him to aid other archers reach the recognition he
      > felt they deserved.
      > I never felt that I had aught to /teach/ James, but that from my position
      > as a laurel, I would be able to introduce his name into the right people &
      > places, return to him useful feedback, and encourage him to guide his
      > efforts into the most productive paths. He already displayed all the
      > attributes of nobility, generosity, eagerness & skill in teaching,
      > leadership, thoughtfulness, self-discipline, and so on that I expect of a
      > peer. In essence, I expected to be a mentor, but not a teacher or
      > "father-figure" in the SCA.
      > Apparently, my high esteem of James was not unique! A short time later, his
      > name was introduced into Midrealm laurel discussions by other admirers, and
      > his name shot like a proverbial arrow towards its mark.
      > Thus, a mere fortnight after the ink was set on the indenture, I begged the
      > Crown that my first apprentice be released from his contract, to be
      > recognized as my peer. It was not without a mixture of feelings that I did
      > this. Both James & I had been looking forward to this developing
      > peer/dependent relationship, cementing old friends tighter, and offering us
      > both the chance to grow in our roles & our knowledge of the other.
      > I have heard but one single detractor of James' worthiness to this honor -
      > James himself. As is often true of laurel-bound artisans, James is never
      > satisfied with his works, and never ready to admit that he has met "the
      > bar". We had discussions on this the day after I made him my first
      > apprentice. James made me promise that I would do what I could to ensure
      > that he was not elevated before I thought he was ready, and others were
      > sure of it, and he was ready inside.
      > As I told James on Saturday: we are not free men, those of us who swear on
      > bended knee. Of course, it is the privilege of the Crown, and not the
      > Laurelate in whole (nor especially just one!), to make a laurel. However, I
      > kept my promise, calling her roial maiestee Alys as soon as I left his
      > company, and warned her of his doubts about his readiness.
      > Our queen is a thoughtful woman, but firm in her resolve: it was time we
      > had recognized a peer by skill in archery, and the first would be James
      > Cunningham. And who better to be the first? His character, I say with no
      > little bias, is as worthy and admirable as any who shoot as well or better.
      > And, her roial maiestee is right in saying: few of us who are peers "felt"
      > we were ready, when suddenly we heard our names called to join our order.
      > His scores on the IKAC speak for themselves - there is no other sport in
      > our Society that is so easily ranked! But scores alone could never make a
      > peer. I need not describe to any true archery enthusiasts of this kingdom
      > how much time and service James puts into the fields of our kingdom and at
      > Pennsic. His woods-walk style archery "hunts" at Harvest Day in Flamyng
      > Gryphon are legendary.
      > James works a red-tailed hawk and hound together (in Europe, Kali is termed
      > a "buzzard"). His hound Sugar is better trained than many human hunters.
      > The hawk is newly in his hands, but eagerly learning; the hawk is already
      > quite keen on her little four-legged friend's tendency to flush mice! James
      > also makes arrows - ask to see my "sheef of pecok arwes" he made as a gift
      > when I was Flamyng Gryphon's Baronial Champion, years ago - and crossbows,
      > and combat crossbows (the Cunningham Crossbow plans are available from
      > either of us), and in his spare time, an immense, two-story-plus-basement
      > woodworking barn (which isn't remotely period, but it's impressive,
      > nonetheless!). He's tending a small herd of "heritage breed" cattle for his
      > sister, and has taken up forging. His skill at huntsmanship (James' opinion
      > aside) is so high that any who might disagree with the making of a laurel
      > in the skill of archery, should not protest calling him a master of the art
      > of huntsmanship. In short, if a period hunter did it or used it, James has
      > studied it, or tried it, or made it, and probably done well by it.
      > James is not without faults, and one of them is simply that he finds it
      > hard to accept honors for himself (a fault that also serves as a whetstone
      > for his abilities). However, in accepting this honor, however early he
      > might feel it will be, he is opening the door for a legion of worthies,
      > whether archers or fencers or tilting champions, to be recognized for their
      > greatness within and without. And, in the end, that is what every award is
      > about.
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