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We start off with New Peer Packets and Ceremonies for the various peerages (these are the West Kingdom ceremonies).
There's a listing of mailing lists on the internet for peers that you may (or may not) be interested in. These are places where discussions germain to the peerage are sometimes held ...
Below the peerage packets and ceremonies is a set of links to a group of pages that discuss the Peerage which you may find interesting. The discussions will be, of necessity, West Kingdom-Centric, as the contributors are all Westerners ...
Another item of interest to peers, and friends of peers, is "where can I get a spiffy medallion ...?" To that end, I recently added a section for contact information for jewelers who do Peerage regalia ... If you would like to be listed, please email me (see link at the end of this page), and I will get you up here as soon as I can.
Packets and Peerage Ceremonies The following information is available for those who are either new-made peers, or those who have been asked to join the Peerage of the West Kingdom. You will find information for each Order of Peerage, as well as the Peerage Ceremonies.
This information is from the West Kingdom Ceremony Book.
New: May, 2000 -- in the links below are links to Adobe Acrobat renditions of the documents. If you haven't previously, you need to download the Adobe Acrobat reader by clicking on the image below and following the instructions .... It should be further noted that the acrobat versions are links directly to the West Kingdom Heralds' website and therefore if any changes are made to the ceremonies, they will be reflected accurately in the PDFs, but may not be in the HTML versions.
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The West Kingdom Royalty Handbook -- This is aimed specifically at the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of the West, but contains useful advice for all potential Royalty (in other words, anyone fighting in the Crown or Coronet Lists as well as their consorts ...).
If you have questions, please contact the Banner Herald of the West Kingdom (in charge of Court) or the Clerk of a specific Order of Peerage (these are listed in The Page). These copies are posted here as a courtesy, to make the information available to anyone who is interested. If you are a new peer or have been asked to join an order of peerage, please contact the clerk of your order to obtain printed copies of the above ...
Lately some peerage ceremonies have tended to be a lot longer than they used to be. The following are suggestions from a long-time peer and as a herald, to try to shorten things a little.
Remember that the ceremony is being watched not only by you, but by all the members of the Order you are being admitted to (many/most of whom are kneeling!!), and members of the populace. As it is considered rude to get up and leave court while a ceremony is occurring, most people suffer through a long ceremony, but frankly, a 1/2 hour peerage ceremony is way too long. The following are suggestions to shorten the ceremonies a bit:
West Kingdom Specific:
These discussions are less prone to being West Kingdom-centric, but as noted at the top of this page, the authors cited here are all Westerners, so there will be a bias ... if you are in another Kingdom and are viewing these pages, you may want to check with others in your local Kingdom to see if there are differences (some of it may be attitude, custom, etc.) ...
(Special thanks to Mistress Cedrin Etainnighean in Oertha for prompting me to work with her on helping disseminate information about the peerage, in an attempt to dispell myths about the peerage and just plain communicate more ... otherwise this would've had just the peerage-packs and ceremonies above, and thanks to Vikontessa Tatiana and others for their contributions to these pages!)
|Discussions About the Peerage|
and Earl Kevin Perigrynne
Mistress Eilis O'Boirne
A friend was looking for a replacement for her husband's token which he gave to a friend who was being made a peer of the same "stripe", and started searching the web ... she is passing on information to me, which I am posting here.
Note that I do not know most of these individuals personally, I can make no guarantees about the quality of work, timeliness of the jeweler's delivery, etc. I am just listing the information -- if you end up ordering anything from anyone listed here it is at your own risk and I do not take any responsibility (although the work I have seen is pretty good ...). In addition, each jeweler listed here is with explicit permission of said jeweler ...: