court positions

Baronial Retinue

starting at Fields of Gold 2013

Champions –

Heavy – Lord Gabriel van Dorne
Fencing – Lord Clement Valentin der Spieler
Archery – Lord Sigmund Spelman

Arts and Sciences – Lady Alexandra Hartshorne

Guards –

Baroness Alesia du Cheval Blanc (Sergeant)
Lady Conciata Delacita Delvecchia
Lord Robin of Ambledune

Attendants –

Mistress Isobel le Bretoun
Violet Fleur
Lady Elisabeth Saunders
Isabella ni Paiden

Art – Arthur
Science – Scientia

As at May 2014:

Champions –

Heavy – Lord Ben the Undecided
Fencing – Don Francois Henri Guyon
Archery – Lord Sigmund Spelman

Arts and Sciences – Lady Alexandra Hartshorne

Guards –

Sir Ysambart Courtin (Sergeant)
Lady Conciata Delacita Delvecchia
Lord Robin of Ambledune

Attendants –

Lady Elisabeth Saunders
Violet Fleur
Jack Argent
Saffiya Fiore de Rabatta (Cup-bearer)

Art -Arthur
Science – Scientia










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Baronial Retinue – A Guide To Duties

So you have been asked to join the Baronial retinue? What will be expected of you as a member of the court?

 At the most basic level, the task of the retinue is to help the B&B do their job as smoothly as possible. This applies mostly during events, but also at other times when help may occasionally be required. The secondary role of the retinue is that, simply by looking good and being attentive, they add to the glamour of the B&B and of the occasion.

 At events, the B&B’s duties are public and ceremonial – they have to hold court, sit in state at tourneys, be present at the high table during feasts, and maintain gracious poise while dealing with all kinds of officials and supplicants. These tasks are time-consuming. Their retinue should take the brunt of everyday chores, leaving the B&B free to concentrate on creating pomp and ceremony.

Some ways in which you can help are:

  • Before an event, check if the B&B need help with anything – sewing, preparing gifts or tokens, transporting things on the day.
  • When they arrive at an event, help unload baggage.
  • Fetch and carry things.
  • Set up tents, move thrones.
  • Keep their gear together, and tell them where important items have been put.
  • Help them dress if required.
  • Keep a list of things to be done, people to be interviewed, items given or received, any work which needs to be remembered later.
  • Protect them from wind, sun, rain and cold.
  • Make sure food and drink is brought to them.
  • Set up your own chairs behind them, keeping out of the way yet within easy reach.
  • Help pack up after events.

 At a Feast:

  • Check who is to sit at the high table, and be the messenger to arrange this.
  • Set up feasting gear for the B&B and their guests, in plenty of time.
  • Keep one attendant nearby throughout the feast in case something is needed.
  • Wash and return their dishes. It’s nice to do this for everyone on the high table.
  • Double-check nothing is left behind during packup.

 For a Court:

  • Set up the thrones and a small table – the scene should look good from the audience, and leave space behind the thrones for people to move around.
  • Keep cool drinks, tokens, documents, gifts etc ready to be used.
  • Untangle any token cords before court begins, and keep them untangled.
  • Know which tokens are which, and hand over the correct one.
  • Offer occasional drinks if the court is long. Remember the herald as well.
  • Take charge of any items the B&B have finished with.
  • Be quick to help up people who have been kneeling.
  • Someone should keep notes for later reference – who presented what, which awards were given, important information of any kind.
  • Courts can be long, and you will have to stand throughout. Wear comfortable shoes, visit the privy beforehand.
  • If you are unable to attend court, let the B&B know in good time.

 Do your best, and remember to have fun as well!

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Baronial Job Descriptions

 Stuff that applies to everyone:

– court positions are envisaged to last about a year, subject to circumstance.

 – essentially, all retainers are there to be helpful to the B&B in any way they can. If you cannot help with a particular task, you can still help by finding someone who can! Retainers add to the court experience by making things run smoothly and by making the B&B look important and organised.

 – be an intermediary between the populace and the B&B – take messages, deliver things. This allows people to access the baronial ear without having to interrupt us directly.

 – confidentiality – simply because you are in attendance, you will probably overhear sensitive information relating to court business or to personal matters. Keep these things private.

 – a number of retainers will be wanted for any court. This could mean only one or two, or lots! Smaller events need fewer attendants. Don’t worry if you are not asked to stand with us every time.

 – if you are among the populace during court, you still have a role to play. Some people around you may be unsure how to ‘play the game’. Lead them gently by your example – standing while the pointy hats enter, sitting only when permission is given, keeping approaches clear, listening quietly during court business, joining in cheers…try to help everyone around you be comfortable and enjoy the pageantry of court.

 – all retainers should be on the lookout for suitable people to recommend to the B&B for reward. You may also be asked to help identify replacements for your job when the time comes.

 – Some court positions have regalia. This should be carried / worn, particularly during court. If you have no regalia, atttend the B&B looking as neat and clean as you can.

 Some more specific expectations:

The Baron and Baroness are the representatives of the Crown: their job is to look regal in public, wear the coronets, provide a ceremonial focus, encourage people to get involved and enjoy themselves. Conduct negotiations with other groups and the Crown. Hand out awards. Organise court business, tokens, documents. Report to Crown, arrange Royal visits to the group.

 Ladies- /Lords-in-Waiting look after the B&B’s general needs: replenish food and drink, fetch and carry, set up for court, tidy B&B before entrances, take notes and keep reminders for later reference. Keep track of regalia and other belongings for the B&B during events. Maintain subtle attendance throughout an event. Make sure there is always someone within easy call when needed. Hold all sorts of stuff ready for use during court. Often seconded to assist visiting royals or B&Bs.

 Guards provide chivalrous martial tone: be available for heavy lifting jobs. Set up tents and thrones, pack / unpack cars and trailers. Provide personal protection and escort to the B&B. Be an example of chivalry and courtesy – escort unaccompanied people into the baronial presence, help up anyone who has been kneeling, find chairs for the weary. Guards are often asked to hold banners or other large display items during court. Often this includes providing light for the herald.

 Champions encourage their art among the populace: among other tasks, they may need to organise an event to choose their replacement, make regalia for the next champion, run competitions or offer advice to the B&B on matters concerning their area of expertise. They are also required to answer any challenges made to the Barony or B&B.

 Heralds are the voice: keep track of court business, make announcements, add pomp by saving the B&B having to speak for themselves.

 Other court positions may be appointed at the whim of the B&B, whether for short-term purposes or as permanent additions.



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