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RE: On the subject of Fealty

Poster: "Sussman, Jeff" <JSussman@sss.niaid.nih.gov>

Greetings from Richard Fitzgilbert!

When I describe the role of fealty in the SCA to newcomers, I describe it   
as "fealty light."

Take any one period fealty oath, take out everything having to do with   
wealth or money and you have a starting point for an SCA fealty oath.   
 This includes dowries, taxes, and opt-out payments (instead of some   
service pay X instead).

Then, take out anything that describes very specific services or   
open-ended contributions.  Specific durations for military service and   
the like.

Optionally (but common), take out everything that might refer to anything   
associated to a religion.  The only one I know of in this category is the   
crusades clause in some oaths.  Of course, this could be considered a   
monetary contribution as well!

My SCA fealth oath: (first and second parts always, third part optional).

Primus, I swear to serve the Kingdom of Atlantia to the best of my   
Secondus, I swear to serve the Crowns of Atlantia to the best of my   
Tertius, I swear to serve the King and Queen of Atlantia to the best of   
my ability.
(pardon my pidgin latin).

> The answer to your question is "no conflict is there, unless when he   
> to the Crown he set up a conflict.

Two times, I've had squires become barons.  The first time we didn't   
change anything.  The second time I let the squire put aside the belt.  I   
still considered him a student and a part of my household but there was   
no oath between us.  Both ways worked.  I'd suggest the latter.  Barons   
and Baronesses can do their job best when there is no hint of an   
appearance of impartiality.


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