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Dafydd of the Glens, Laurel Scroll

This scroll was presented to a friend in honour of his becoming a member
of the Order of the Laurel, the highest award for Arts and Sciences in
the SCA. It is done on goat parchment and has raised gilding on plaster-based
gesso. The goldwork has been detailed with patterns of dots. Wax seals are
attached to the two roundels in the bottom corners. The hand is Gothic Textura

Master Dafydd of the Glens received his Laurel for choir direction, pageantry,
and verse. The initial O shows him conducting a small group of singers,
while his coat-or-arms is supported by two of the characters from his
play "Macbeth: the Musical." The border decoration tells the story of one
of his best-loved humorous verses, "The Enchanted Gambeson" (click here to
read the words of this delightfully silly poem), beginning with the death
of Sir Arbalest, and continuing with Kevin finding the gambeson, his rise in
the tournament circuit, his proposal rejected, the attempt to bury the
gambeson, and finally King Kevin victorious with his lady, holding the
Bar of Soap.

Photo and Contribution
by Yseult de Lacy

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