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Re: Oh, Heralds! Oh, Heralds!

Poster: E L Wimett <SILVERDRAGON@Charleston.Net>

Mark Schuldenfrei wrote:
> Poster: Mark Schuldenfrei <schuldy@abel.MATH.HARVARD.EDU>

> I'd like to see more use of heralds to negotiate
> points of protocol, and to carry the message.  

But when I was Elmet and Brigantia in the East, I regularly did that not only for courts, etc. at Pennsic and other events.  In fact, I 
played "herald as diplomat" as often or more often than I served as court herald.  I issued the War Challenge to the Middle in Mid-Realm 
Court (usually at Coronation) for 3 years running.  And, even after I became Laurel, I was occasionally used as diplomatic adjudicator or 
"fair witness" following old Middle and Eastern tradition.

I am not sure when this tradition faded away.  I know Dawyd z Gury, my successor, did not feel as comfortable with this, but I suspect it 
was during Arval's tenure since I do not recall seeing him perform similar services.  (Josh????)

> I'd also love to see contestants introduced onto the field for major
> tournaments by having their arms "spot blazoned".  The period equivalent of
> "And, in this corner, wearing the maroon shorts..."  (:-)
> Again, this was standard practice in the East for Crown in my day unless specifically banned by the Crown or Marshals in Charge (on time 
grounds). . .

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