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Re: *WH* Pennsic Seneschale's Court and Requirements This Year

Poster: David KUIJT <kuijt@umiacs.umd.edu>

On Tue, 5 Jan 1999, Craig and Bethany wrote:

> > http://www.pennsicwar.org/penn28/general/senletter.html
> > 
> > No Comment, but I hear the folks on the East List Serve are a bit hot.
> > 
> > Magnus
> Hey all!  Frankly I agree with the people of the east who are hot!  
> What is up with this?  Have we truely become the Society for 
> Compulsive Authority?  I have personally never heard of such bunk!  
> Senechal's court?  What ever happened to the old system that the SCA 
> had?  Has this Seneschal ever heard of a Court of Chivalry?  I thought 
> that that was what they were for!
> Well I have said enough I fear!
> Caine Alaric

A Court of Chivalry is an instrument of justice entirely within one
Kingdom, and fairly limited in what it can do, how it can be composed, and
so on.  It also takes up to a year or more to resolve anything, if past
examples are any indication.  There have only been three or four Courts of
Chivalry in the last 17 years in Atlantia.

For all the above reasons, Courts of Chivalry would _not_ be an
appropriate tool to resolve relatively minor cases at Pennsic.  Sort of
like trying to resolve traffic disputes with a Grand Jury.

The Seneschal's Court as described would allow relatively quick resolution
of problems.  That's probably the main reason they set something like this

Dafydd ap Gwystl

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