Company News

Welcome to the premier edition of CSL Tidings

posted Aug 27, 2021, 3:11 PM by Carolyn Carney   [ updated Aug 29, 2021, 12:03 PM ]

Unto the scribal and interested populous does Mistress Robin of Thornwood, Guild Chronicler, send Greetings and Salutations!


Welcome to the premier edition of CSL Tidings*, the newsletter of the West Kingdom Company of Scriveners and Limners, (informally known as The Company). CSL Tidings is a monthly publication of news, opinions, announcements, and any other material of interest to the artistic and scribal community. All readers are invited to submit articles, letters, graphics, and any intelligence about pertinent opportunities, events, or activities. We welcome your suggestions for participation, enrichment, and outreach. CSL Tidings will contain features both ongoing and periodical and we heartily encourage your submissions, either regular, occasional, or single.

We hope to be an organ of intercommunication and sharing between our far-flung scribes, to open and maintain channels of engagement and facilitate mutual connection and support.

Our diverse fellowship is rich, dynamic, vibrant, and all too often isolated, particularly in the wake of Covid-19. CSL Tidings is here to help build and strengthen our association through the timely exchange of news, views, and knowledge.

As we now look forward to increased personal interaction and gathering, the Guild plans to make our presence known in intriguing and picturesque ways.  We invite and welcome colleagues both old and new to join in participating in diverse scribal and pictorial activities. The Company needs your talents, skills, ideas, and suggestions and CSL Tidings is here to help spread the word and image!

*From Middle English ‘tithinge’, news, information, intelligence. Also, the collective noun describing a gathering of Magpies.

Guild Insignia

The Company now has a Device!

Featured henceforth on banners, business cards and other Guild related items will be a Rampant Cosalot on a white field, bearing a brush and a pen, surrounded by three tressures in the primary colors (yellow, blue, and red) and a black bordure.

For those unfamiliar with the Cosalot, it is a beast inhabiting Pigmentistan and the Isles d’ Encrer. Said by some to be mythical, its existence is staunchly defended by the faithful. It strongly resembles an Ocelot, (which was named after it), though with markings and claws in the primaries and black.

The company is proud to feature this noble animal as our insignia and hope all will come to accept and respect it as we do.

Are you seeking Scribes and Painters? Look for the Rampant Cosalot!

(see the attachment for a preview)

Coming Forth at Crown

 At long last, we may again gather and bask merrily in one another’s company as we honor our Splendid King and Queen and salute Their prospective Heirs.

At this joyous occasion of Fall Crown, the Company will present a welcoming presence where we seek to engage with the populous and revel in the Scribal Arts. To this end, the Company is hosting a Welcome Back celebration. Come meet our officers and participate in our drawing.

The Company looks forward to making new friends, reconnecting with old ones, and promoting our passion for the arts of painting and calligraphy in new and diverse ways.

Come join us at the site of the rampant Cosalot!

Cavalier Cat (or Cosalot?) Causes Calligraphic Catastrophe!

(See the attachment for details)


Colleagues! Please send Tidings pertinent book, video, film, and exhibit reviews of interest to artists and calligraphers. It is always informative to hear of something new, or something older that we have missed. Your old favorite may be brand new to some of us.

The Power of Limits, Proportional Harmonies in Nature, Art, and Architecture

by Gyorgy Doczi, Shamble Press

A handsome and lucid book which explores the harmonies relationships of natural and human-built structures. Through diagrams, illustrations, and text, Mr. Doczi discusses our association with the various reoccurring patterns of living things that resonate deeply in the human mind. While not, strictly speaking, devoted to our Period, The Power of Limits deals with The Golden Section, the Fibonacci Sequence and other visual philosophies of great interest to Medieval artists.

The Hours of Jeanne D’Evereux, Jean Pucelle

This little jewel of a book, published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is a tour de force of High Gothic painting, by the hand of the amazing Jean Pucelle (active 1325). The volume, at 3.5 x 5.5, is yet larger than the original, which measures a diminutive 2.25 x 3.5. The liveliness and elegance of the illustrations, done mostly in grisaille, with limited color in the larger illustrations, are truly breathtaking and contain some of the earliest uses of coherent perspective. What little is known of the artist is detailed in a short but informative introduction, together with further discussion of the book’s provenance and patrons. While seemingly not available through the Metropolitan, it is, online, from many second-hand venues.


posted Oct 10, 2016, 7:53 PM by Claire Knudsen-Latta   [ updated Dec 11, 2017, 3:14 PM by Carolyn Carney ]

Welcome to our new page.  We are in the process of putting it together and thank you for your patience. If you have suggestions or would like to contribute content, please use the "Contact the Guild" link to the left.  Thank you! ~Cynehild

What's up with these weird words?!

posted Sep 24, 2016, 7:47 PM by Claire Knudsen-Latta   [ updated Oct 25, 2016, 11:10 AM ]

An attempt has been made to use terms that reflect the language of late fourteenth and early fifteenth century England, a time and place which saw a flowering of the craft guild system. To balance this attempt with the modern reality of spelling, we've used the modern forms of the words.

Company - From the Middle English, an adaptation of the Old French compa(i)gnie.  It also appears as cǒmpaignīe, compainiecompaniecompagnie, compenie and cumpai(g)nie. It is defined by the University of Michigan's Middle English Dictionary as "a professional group, such as a trade guild or an ecclesiastical body".

Scrivener - from the Middle English, an adaption from the Old French escrivain/escrivein, and Anglo-French escriven/escrivin. Defined by the University of Michigan's Middle English Dictionary as "[a] professional scribe, copyist, scrivener; also, an official who records accounts, a clerk".

Limner - from the Middle English, an adaption of the Anglo-French lymnour and appearing also as limnǒur limnor(e), liminour, limenour, and leminer.  Defined by the University of Michigan's Middle English Dictionary as "[a]n illuminator of manuscripts; also, a member of a gild of illuminators".

Guild Master - from Middle English, an adaption of the Old French maistre and Old English magister.  It appears also as maistere, maistr(e, meister, meistre, mester, mestre, mesteir, and (early) maȝstre. Defined by the University of Michigan's Middle English Dictionary as "one in charge of a guild, college, etc." Guild likewise comes from the Middle English and is an adaptation of the Old English gyld.  UM's Middle English Dictionary defines it as "an association of craftsmen or tradesmen, a craft guild."  Guild Master was used instead of "Master" to avoid confusion with the SCA's traditional title system.  "Company Master" was rejected for being too weird to the ear. 

Warden - from Middle English, an adaptation of the Old Northern French wardain.  It appears also as wardeinewardain(ewardeinwardan(ewardinwerdein, and whardein.  It is defined in University of Michigan's Middle English Dictionary as "An officer of a craft or mercantile guild, in charge of inspecting the workmanship and materials of goods, enforcing regulations, overseeing transactions, etc.; also, an administrative officer of a religious society or fraternal organization"

Beadle - from Middle English, an evolution from the Old English bydel.  It also appears as budel, bidel, beodel, bedel, and (late) bēdel. It is defined in University of Michigan's Middle English Dictionary as "One who makes announcements or carries messages and performs other services on the authority of a lord, court, guild, etc."

Fellow - from Middle English, from the Old Norse/Old Icelandic fe-lagi.  It also appears as fē̆lau(e, felaghe, felauȝe, velaȝe, feloȝe, felou(e, feolah(e, fel(l)a, fel(l)o, fellu, and fel(l)e. It is defined in University of Michigan's Middle English Dictionary as "A member of an organized group of associates, esp. of equals under a master or leader".

Want to learn more?  Check out the University of Michigan's Middle English Dictionary!

Our New Home

posted Oct 15, 2009, 1:24 AM by Claire Knudsen-Latta   [ updated Aug 21, 2018, 8:08 PM by Carolyn Carney ]

Our West Kingdom hosted site is live! Please join us:


posted Oct 13, 2009, 12:58 AM by Claire Knudsen-Latta   [ updated May 31, 2021, 6:23 PM by Carolyn Carney ]

Why was the College dissolved?

The College was chartered specifically to create scrolls for armigerous awards granted by Western royalty.  Collectively, the members of the College have struggled for decades to live up to this obligation, devoting their time, talent, and materials to do so.  However, we were NEVER able to stay ahead of the demand while producing the quality that we want to - there just aren't enough of us to keep up, and it had become an impossible task.

Why are other Kingdoms able to deliver scrolls and avoid a backlog?  Couldn't we do that here?

Indeed, many other Kingdoms don't have the burden of a backlog.  Over many years, many of the Western Chancellors researched the practices and culture of these other Kingdoms and even tried to implement some of them in the West with limited or no success.

Does this mean I will need to pay for my scroll?  I thought that was against Kingdom law?

You may find an artist who works for free, but you will likely need to pay or barter them, just as you would likely pay any other kind of artist.  Indeed, the College did not allow its members to accept compensation for official assignments - that was because the work was considered a gift from the Royalty to the recipient (in fact, delivering on those "gifts" was the reason the College was formed in the first place).  The premise of this royal gift is being retired with the College.

I requested my scroll and it was on the backlog waiting for a scribe.  What happened to my request?

The obligation of the College to complete any scrolls was retired when the Crown dissolved the College.  It is not within the Charter of the new Scribal Guild to complete the backlog scrolls. That said, the Guild is honored to be the guardians of the list and to help guide award and peerage recipients and artists together. Additionally, several individual scribal artists have volunteered to continue work on the current backlog of requested scrolls, though they cannot commit to a completion date for all that work. 

How do I know if my scroll is currently in the backlog?

Click on the (Scroll Checkout) link on the left navigation bar for the list.

What if my scroll was on the backlog and was assigned to a scribe, but they haven't completed it?

We assume that all the assignments a scribe volunteers for are done in good faith, to complete the work.  That said, life happens to everyone, and an artist may no longer be able to complete that commitment.  You should check with the scribe who currently has responsibility for your scroll to determine whether s/he can complete it.  If s/he is still planning on completing it, you will need to wait for them to finish, or make other, private arrangements.  If not, you may contract with a new scribe of your choice. A list of active scribes can be found by clicking on the (Find A Scrivner or Limner) link on the left navigation bar.

What if my scroll isn't in the current backlog?  What if I get an award in the future and want a scroll done?

If you would like a scroll made that is not already covered by the current backlog, the process is similar to any other art that you might want to be made (like jewelry, clothing, armor, etc):  you should ask around for an artist who takes commissions (paid or not) and make arrangements privately with them to create your art. A list of active scribes can be found by clicking on the (Find A Scrivner or Limner) link on the left navigation bar.

If I am in charge of arranging my own scroll, who deals with the signatures and seals?

It is up to you to decide whether your scroll will include signatures and/or seals and arrange with the Royalty and/or Heralds to obtain them.  Keep in mind that if you want official signatures and/or seals, you should be aware of what requirements the Royalty and/or Heralds may have, so you can incorporate them into the art. To determine their requirements, you will need to contact the Royalty and the Heralds directly. For more information on what has historically been required, please see the "Suggested Content" section of the General Policies of the West Kingdom Company of Scriveners and Limners

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