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Geoffrey of Griffinhold, Viscount

The full scroll

Geoffrey of Griffinhold' Viscount scroll,
by Tatiana Nikolaevna Tumanova

"This was my fourth scroll and I'm starting to get the
hang of it now. I stole the griffin supporters from a
heraldry book; I especially liked the use of three colors
rather than going monochrome. My first big calligraphy
mistake -- when I sat back to read the completed text I
was horrified to find that an entire word had been left
out of the blazon. Panic in the streets! What do I do?
Why, what the medieval scribes did, of course -- insert the
word wherever it can be crammed in. If you look closely you
can see where I added in the word 'embattled' just behind
the ascender of the 'd' in 'bordure'. I also left the letter
'n' out of 'reign' but who's going to notice that? The
composition is a standard two-part balance -- large picture
on top balanced by a block of text on bottom. This was one
of the first Viscounty scrolls ever produced, and there was
a great argument about who should sign and seal it, so both
the Crown and the Coronet signed and sealed it. Eventually
it was decided that the Coronet has the power to give a Patent
of Arms by the permission of the Crown, so only the Coronet's
signatures and seals appeared on subsequent scrolls.
Geoffrey's motto of the time Hot Puppies, Grub!" -- Tatiana

Photo and Contribution by Tatiana Nikolaevna Tumanova

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