Re: [SCA Newcomers] I want a Laurel of my very own!
When someone uses the phrase "my laurel" (or knight or pelican), what
they are saying is that they are apprenticed (or squired or protoge'ed)
to that peer. It means that they are a member of that peer's household
or inner circle. Also, some squires will take "men at arms", which also
makes them a part of that squire's knight's household.
As far as how you go about becoming an apprentice, that varies for each
peer. Some will ask people to join their household, others will wait to
be approached by someone. Most will be very gracious if you approach
them and talk about the prospect. A very few will think that you should
wait to be asked. If you are worried about how a certain peer may
respond, take the intermediate step of asking them how they feel about
people approaching them and asking to apprentice. Most will share their
ideology on the subject.
Also, how peers take apprentices and what they expect also greatly
varies. Some consider it a teacher student relationship. Others consider
it a matter of fealty and service. Some consider it a gracious
condescension. Figure out what you would be comfortable with and find a
peer who shares that belief system.
I hope this helps.
Kathleen Kinard wrote:
> I have a question- and it's probably not a very good
> one; I have friends in the SCA who refer to specific
> Laurels as "thier" Laurel- I'm assuming this is a sort
> of apprenticeship (in vary-ing degrees, no doubt) but
> I've never been able to figure out how they GOT thier
> Laurel! I do participate in A&S competitions, however
> I have the ill-fated curse of being rather shy when I
> first meet someone face to face... Is there another
> good way anyone can suggest to gain the attention of a
> Laurel? (for that matter, there ought to be an "Ask a
> Laurel" yahoo group or something similar- that woudl
> be such a big help!)
> Stepping Back into Lurk Mode
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