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qualifications of a herald (a class of bard)

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  • sunshinegirl
    Just thought some of you might be interested in this. This is from _The Mabinogi of Taliesin_ ...and at that time none were advanced to the office at present
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 20, 2001
      Just thought some of you might be interested in this. This is from _The
      Mabinogi of Taliesin_

      "...and at that time none were advanced to the office at present called a
      herald, except such as were learned men; and not only were they employed in
      the service of kings and princes, but were required to be well versed in
      genealogies, armorial bearings, and the deeds of kings and princes, as well
      in respect to foreign kingdoms as to the olders of these kingdoms; and
      particularly as to the history of the principal nobility. It was necessary
      also, for all of them to be most ready with their answers in the several
      languages of Latin, French, Welsh, and English; and, in addition to this, to
      be great historians, and to be of good memory, and accomplished in poetry,
      so as readily to compose metrical verses in each of those languages."

      Melandra
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