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Re: MR: Arms? I thought they were appendages!

Poster: Stephanie Malone Thorson <smt2@st-andrews.ac.uk>

On Thu, 7 Nov 1996, Alfredo el Bufon wrote:

> I hope I haven't given the impression that I thought the Eastern custom
> I learned was in any way superior to the Atlantian custom.  If I wanted
> to start persuading my fellow Atlantians to adopt any Eastern practices,
> it certainly would NOT be the "disarm everyone in court" custom.  (It
> would be the "let ladies enter court unescorted" custom.)

For what it's worth, I think the custom of escorting ladies into court is
a fairly new one.  At least, I have only seen it in the last year or so. 
Now of course, it could be a custom of long standing in some places that I
simply never saw in my first six years in the SCA, because I rarely got
out of Bright Hills during that time, and Bright Hills had very close ties
to the East in those days. In fact, a few times when I did get out of
Bright Hills, people would ask where I was from, and then would express
surprise that I had come all the way from Eastrealm for their event. (This
was before BH was elevated to Barony, however).  At any rate, I sort of
like the custom of escorting ladies into court, on the completely
undocumented feeling that it adds a nicely chivalrous flavour to the
proceedings (and also doesn't add extra time to the court). 

Stephanie M. Thorson			*  SCA: Lady Alianora Munro
University of St Andrews		*  
St Andrews, Scotland			*  Clan White Wing
email smt2@st-andrews.ac.uk		*  Tarkhan, Khanate Red Lion

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