The May issue (#6) of TI printed the first Rules of the Lists. Also in that issue were the decrees that henceforth the Herald shall keep a College of Arms and that all members of the nobility should register arms with the College. The Grand March was restricted to the nobility.
The Rules of the Lists, May 1968, excerpted from Tournaments Illuminated
“The College of Arms was Randal's idea. He moved fast when he saw a group he wanted to belong to. The Grand March being restricted to the nobility was, I think, a direct consequence of several hassles about who was to march where and when for the Grand March of the March Crown tourney.
“I believe it was somewhere in here that a rather momentous meeting took place amongst most of the movers and shakers (with some pointed exceptions) of the SCA at the time. Luise and I were invited by Herald of Breakstone and I don't think that he necessarily had the permission of the Band of Brothers to do so. I think I've already talked about this meeting, wherein a lot of the offices were established and their areas of influence were delineated (many continuing to the present day).
“At the meeting were Jon de Cles, Duke Siegfried and his then-wife Marynel of Darkhaven (the meeting took place at their house), Henrik of Havn and Leanne of Maywood, Karina, Edwin Bearsark, Harald and his then-wife Janet of Breakstone, Randal of Hightower (and possibly his then-wife Allison, but I don't remember), and others. Notable by their absence were then-king William the Silent and Queen Sheryl, Richard of Montroyal, and Fulk de Wyvern. I don't recall if any other Hodgheads were present, but I don't believe they were.
“If I haven't described this meeting before, please let me know and I'll elucidate further. For the moment, I will just say that the offices of Seneschal, Herald, and Marshal were solidified and some of the hierarchy that continues to this day was established.” – Stefan de Lorraine, who found all the wheeling and dealing interesting and was probably inspired to join into the politics and eventually become Seneschal as a direct result of the meeting.
[There shall be no thrusting except with lance or shortsword.] “Presumption being short sword point can be controlled well by one hand, not a broadsword point. The lance point is only for thrusting so the defender will expect a thrust and defend accordingly.” – Henrik of Havn
[... cleared by the King or His representative ...] “Historical comment – the King’s representative here was the Earl Marshall, but he was not mentioned by title to prevent any conflict that might arise from ending in a stalemate. This in effect was how the power of the crown developed into the “King’s Word is Law” in fact.” – Henrik of Havn
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