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Re: Selecting Our Crowns
Unto Beornheard et al, does Eogan say "howdy!"
I rather like Beornheard's idea of a major battle. In fact, I had the
exact same idea about a year and a half (or so) ago. I brought it up to
William the Stout, and we talked about it some. He understood why I
liked the thought so, but made several excellent points about why, in all
probability, it would just not work. Unfortunately, I have no idea what
they were now, only that they convinced me at the time. So, anyone
interested should ask him for his opinions. I know he was on the list at
one time, but I haven't heard from him in a while. William, are you out
On Wed, 27 Mar 1996, Jeff Tyeryar wrote:
> Unto Fhearghuis mac mheic Iain and all other good folk gathered here at
> Cheapside, Greeetings from Beornheard of Wearmouth.
> The current discussion on how we, as opposed to medieval folk, chose
> their monarchs is largely moot. The rules of the Society, and not the
> Kingdom of Atlantia, govern how the Grand Cookie will be awarded; unless
> we are prepared to take on the Governing Structures, therefore, this is
> all sound and fury, signifying nothing.
> Not that I'm above a little hot air, myself. So, my comment:
> Fhearghuis mac mheic Iain noted that Election by electors and
> primogenature, as practiced in the middle ages, would not fit our current
> middle ages. However, he omits two other forms of chosing the Big
> Kahuna. The first, buying the Crown, as was (nod, nod, wink, wink) done
> in Venice. Let's all agree this is a Bad Idea. The second, however, I
> rather like. It involves gathering up all your friends and supporters,
> and beating up on the friends and supporters of the other guy.
> In short, a battle.
> My own preference for this form of chosing a monarch grows out of the,
> er, skills necessary to field an army. One most not only be the biggest,
> badest rhinohiding stickjock on the block, one must have a minimum of
> political skills, schmoozing ability, and at least one friend (lest one
> take to the field alone). Certies, this form of chosing our Crowns would
> select for a *few* more traits of leadership than our current athletic
> contest. And, gee, how period - a battle to determine the future of the
> How novel.