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Illumination and the Scribal Arts

The SCA has a tradition of the giving of illuminated manuscripts for their awards. (The Middle Kingdom - Midrealm provides a scroll with each award bestowed by the Crown.) Examples of these produced by the hand of The Honorable Lady Alianor bat Asriel (known as Lady Aliyah) are below

In the Medieval period and areas the SCA covers, reading and writing was a skill learned by few. The professions with the most readers and writers were the priests and their counterparts the nuns. The next largest group was the scribes, from which the college of heralds came. Many of the nobility did have some training as it was wise for a noble to know what was written  especially in treaties or contracts. The scribes and nobles got their training from the priests.

 The limits on the learning to read and write were totally dependent on the free time you would have. Those who were "tithed" to the church as children, had the time to learn to read and write as it was necessary to properly learn and study the Bible, the letters and writings of the church fathers, as well as the writings of your founder and leaders  of your order. This was needed by the priests to properly administer the mass and other sacraments. The nobilities' ability to read and write is evidenced by the correspondence we use as research today into the lives of the medieval time period, and by the Psalter and Book of Hours . This was a book that allowed the laymen to read the Psalm for the day and pray the appropriate prayers at the proper times of the day for meditation, penance, protection from evil, safety while traveling, blessing on their work, etc.

It is the Psalter and Book of Hours, copies of the Bible, Haggadahs and marriage contracts that give us our best examples of Illumination today. Those from the 1300s and later are what have survived today, as parchment, vellum and paper do not keep well.  Only items of great personal value would be taken care of in a manner to preserve them, and these items are in that realm of importance. Marriage contracts are great examples as they reflect the period and area they were written in illumination style. There are surviving examples of these found back to 500 B.C. There are many non-sacred illuminated manuscripts dating from later time periods as these survived the ravages of time. An examples I have seen is a textbook for doctors showing which herbs to use for different ailments when leeching does not work (the medieval equivalent of take two aspirin and call me in the morning.)

An illuminated manuscript is a manuscript in which the text is supplemented by the addition of decoration, such as decorated initials, borders and miniature illustrations. In the strictest definition of the term, an illuminated manuscript only refers to manuscripts decorated with gold or silver. Most illuminations use the basic colors of heraldry - red, green, yellow/gold, blue,  silver/white and black.

Calligraphy today is using traditional/contemporary alphabets or manuscripts to generate a work of letter art for an important document. Altho there are computer alphabets that replicate the traditional alphabets, these are generally done by hand. There are many books and articles online about the manuscripts for different time periods and cultures.

The tradition of using illumination and hand written documents continues today in special documents such as in the forms of wedding and event invitations, font design/ typography, original hand-lettered logo design, religious art, various announcements/ graphic design/ commissioned calligraphic art, cut stone inscriptions and memorial documents. (See http://www.saintjohnsbible.org/ for a modern illuminated hand written Bible in process.) The SCA continues this tradition in the use of illuminated manuscripts for their awards. (The Middle Kingdom - Midrealm provides a scroll with each award bestowed by the Crown.) Examples of these are below with links to more information in illumination in the SCA following.


Illuminated Award Scrolls done by The Honorable Lady Alianor bat Asriel (known as Lady Aliyah):

The Honorable Lady Aliyah has produced over a 100 scrolls. To prevent long load times, you may select a category, then click to open the scrolls she produced for that set of awards. Click on an award image for a larger image of the scroll.

The Cova Purple Fretty Serving Tray/Scroll
Four Walls Dragon's Teeth Banner/Scroll
I Verdi Confusi Grove Banner/Scroll
Sir Oenewulf Naakonson Companion of the Royal Vangard
Ourf LeBrefson Award of the Silver Acorn
Einar of Cynnabar Award of the Baton
Lord Angus Robertson Award of Arms
Lady Alice of Dun Traigh Award of Arms
Lady Ysoria Flecher Award of Arms
Lord Thomas Gordan Award of Arms
Lord Snorri of Outremer Award of Arms
Lady Siri Toivosdotter Award of Arms
Lady Sioban MacAodagain Award of Arms
Lord Sebastian Kunbar von Dreihugel Award of Arms
Lord Eadroed of Al Forde Award of Arms
Lady Morgan Rees of Huntingdon Award of Arms
Lord Johannes of Cynnabar Award of Arms
Lady Aurianna Kystwright Award of Arms
Lord Francoise le Boucher Award of Arms
Lady Fadwiga Krzyznowska Award of Arms
Lady Elisot of Vanished Woods Award of Arms
Lord Culin fitzSimmons of Outremer Award of Arms
Lord Callum Raursach MacLeoid Award of Arms
Lord Tyr the Hound Award of Arms
Lady Ulfarna Kjellen Award of Arms
Lord Canyden Award of Arms
Lord Gandalfer Award of Arms
Lord Jacob MacAndrew Award of Arms
Lord Adlar Warmheer of Start Leaf Gate Award of Arms
Lady Astridr Jarnhar Award of Arms
Lord Logan MacArtuir Award of Arms
Lady Teddea di Auito del Pace Award of Arms
Lord Galen O Conaill Order of the Cavendish Knot
Lord Josef ben Ami Order of the Cavendish Knot
Lady Keghan the Swift Order of the Cavendish Knot
 
Lord Morgan End Starre Order of the Cavendish Knot
Lord Morgan End Starre Order of the Cavendish Knot Box top
Lord Morgan End Starre Order of the Cavendish Knot Box interior with Scroll
Lord Aalis De La Mer Order of the Cavendish Knot
Lord Harkin of the Moorlands Order of the Cavendish Knot
Lord Avvero de Silvas Order of the Cavendish Knot
Bearden Of Andelcrag Order of the Dragon's Barb
Lady Derverguillia Graham Order of the Dragon's Barb
Lady Alianora Gyllecatan Award of the Purple Fret
Lord Bouchard de Bec Award of the Purple Fret
Lord Alexander Drache Award of the Purple Fret
Lord Aelfwine de Pyttel Award of the Purple Fret
Lord Ulfr Hrafnkelson Award of the Purple Fret
Lady Thea de Hes Award of the Purple Fret
Lady Amyon of Cynnabar Award of the Purple Fret
Lady Morgan Wynn de Bird Order of the Purple Fret
Lord Lughaidh Albanach Award of the Purple Fret
Lord Holckhart Faust Award of the Purple Fret
Lady Ceara Mhuirzhease Fhaolain Award of the Purple Fret
Lord Thibaut Pomeroy de Machaut Award of the Purple Fret
Lord Jean LeBref Award of the Purple Fret
Lady Bianca Catacouzene Award of the Purple Fret
Lady Yesenda of Andelcrag Award of the Purple Fret
Lord Kyell Smidr Award of the Purple Fret
Lord Flynn McDonald Award of the Purple Fret
Lady Tangwystyl verch Gruffydd of Ealdnordwuda Order of the Purple Fret
Lord Grey Order of the Purple Fret
Lord Piotr Arslan Danilow Order of the Purple Fret
Lord Horatio Archer Order of the Purple Fret
Lady Sincha bat Yona Order of the Silver Oak
Lord Jean LeBref Order of the Silver Oak
Lord Ottar Order of the Silver Oak
Lord Ragimund Heimvale Order of the Silver Oak
Lady Soffeke Stoterogghem Order of the Willow
Lady Siri Toivosdotter Order of the Willow
Lady Merlyn Dreu Brynzwn Order of the Willow
Baroness Una Uilebaine Order of the Willow
Lady Damiana Isabel Cardona Order of the Willow
Lady Aeffe Order of the Willow
Lord Aaron Drummond Order of the Willow
Lady Katerin ferch Gwenllian Order of the Willow
Lady Helena Falkenstein Order of the Willow
Baroness Briana Morgan of the Valley Grant of Arms
Baroness Camilla de la Reynarde Grant of Arms
Warder Azriel la Fey Order of the Bronze Ring
Warder Josef Ben Ami Order of the Bronze Ring
The Honorable Lady Merraede of Brightmore Order of the Evergreen
The Honorable Lady Angelique de Rochelle Order of the Evergreen
Duchess Eanor of Amberhall Order of the Gold Mace
Forester Kestral Altara Von Barton Order of the Greenwood Company
Forester Isak Darkcraft Order of the Greenwood Company
Forester Edward Aelredson of Denby Order of the Greenwood Company
Her Ladyship Antonia Lavinia Maria di Toscano Order of the Dragon's Heart
The Honorable Lady Ceara inghean Muirgheasa Fhaolain Order of the Dragon's Heart
Baroness Grazia Geralda Louisa de Navarra Order of the Dragon's Heart
The Honorable Lady Ursula Mortimer Order of the Dragon's Heart
Baroness Felicie Debbage Court Baroness
Baroness Elena McPherson Court Baroness
Baron Gilchrist MacPherson Court Baron
Baron Nigellus le Haie Court Baron
Mistress Grazia Geralds Louisa Navarra Court Baroness
Baroness Miraba Sitt al Sirr Court Baroness
Baroness Gedryn of Ironwolf Court Baroness
Baroness Thonasette de Harfluer Court Baroness

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