Corpora on Peerage

Below I have copied and pasted what Corpora says the requirements for being a Peer are. I myself make no claim to being an expert on being a peer but instead am placing factual information regarding this esteemed position for others to the best of my ability. The only change I made was to create bracketed bolded headers for ease of review.

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[General]

VIII. PERSONAL AWARDS AND TITLES

A. Patents of Arms

1. General Requirements:

Candidates for any order conferring a Patent of Arms must meet the following minimum criteria. Additional requirements may be set by law and custom of the kingdoms as deemed appropriate and necessary by the Crown.

• They shall have been obedient to the governing documents of the Society and the laws of the kingdom.

• They shall have consistently shown respect for the Crown of the kingdom.

• They shall have set an example of courteous and noble behavior suitable to a peer of the realm.

• They shall have demonstrated support for the aims and ideals of the Society by being as authentic in dress, equipment and behavior as is within their power.

• They shall have shared their knowledge and skills with others.

• They shall have practiced hospitality according to their means and as appropriate to the circumstances.

• They shall have made every effort to learn and practice those skills desirable at and worthy of a civilized court. To this end they should have some knowledge of a wide range of period forms, including but not limited to literature, dancing, music, heraldry, and chess, and they should have some familiarity with combat as practiced in the Society.

• They should participate in Society recreations of several aspects of the culture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance

4. Patent Orders:

The following institutions are established for all kingdoms in the Society. A Patent of Arms may be conferred only upon a person being admitted into one of these orders. Each candidate for a patent order must satisfy

the general requirements listed above in A.1., as well as the specific requirements listed here.

[Order of Chivalry]

a. The Chivalry: The Chivalry consists of two equal parts: Knighthood and Mastery of Arms. No one may belong to both parts of the order at one time. When a member is admitted to the Chivalry by the Sovereign, the choice of which part of the order to join is made by the new member. The candidate

must be considered the equal of his or her prospective peers with the basic weapons of tournament combat.

To become a Knight, the candidate must swear fealty to the Crown of his or her kingdom during the knighting ceremony. Masters of Arms may choose to swear fealty, but are not required to do so.

The duties of the Chivalry are as follows:

• To set an example of courtesy and chivalrous conduct on and off the field of honor.

• To respect the Crown of the kingdom; to support and uphold the laws of the kingdom and

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• To enrich the kingdom by sharing his or her knowledge and skills.

• To support and uphold the Crown of his or her kingdom.

• To enhance the renown and defend the honor of the peer’s Lady or Lord.

• To advise the Crown on the advancement of candidates for the Chivalry.

• To bestow the Accolade of Knighthood upon a candidate for the Order of Knighthood, as the sole right as Sovereign or acting directly for the Sovereign, for only a Knight can create a Knight.

[Order of the Laurel]

b. The Order of the Laurel: Members of the Order of the Laurel may choose to swear fealty, but are not required to do so. The candidate must have attained the standard of excellence in skill and/or knowledge equal to that of his or her prospective peers in some area of the Arts or Sciences. The candidate must have applied this skill and/or knowledge for the instruction of members and service to the kingdom to an extent above and beyond that normally expected of members of the Society.

The duties of the members of the order are as follows:

• To set an example of courtesy and chivalrous conduct.

• To respect the Crown of the kingdom; to support and uphold the laws of the kingdom and Corpora.

• If in fealty, to support and uphold the Crown of his or her kingdom.

• To enrich the kingdom by sharing his or her knowledge and skills.

• To advise the Crown on the advancement of candidates for the Laurel.

[Order of the Pelican]

c. The Order of the Pelican: Members of the Order of the Pelican may choose to swear fealty, but are not required to do so. The candidate must have attained the standard of service to the June 11, 2009 revision Corpora June 11, 2009 revision 22

Society or any of its branches equal to that of his or her prospective peers, which is above and beyond that normally expected of members of the Society.

The duties of the members of the order are as follows:

• To set an example of courtesy and chivalrous conduct.

• To respect the Crown of the kingdom; to support and uphold the Laws of the kingdom and Corpora.

• If in fealty, to support and uphold the Crown of his or her kingdom.

• To enrich the kingdom by sharing his or her knowledge and skills.

• To advise the Crown on the advancement of candidates for the Pelican.