Greetings unto the heralds, pursuivants, and populace of the Middle Kingdom from Meister Konrad Mailander, Dragon Herald,
I am happy to announce that there is a new revision of the Middle Kingdom Boke of Ceremonies available on the Middle Kingdom website.
My thanks to Thegn Edward Aelredson, my predecessor as Dragon, who oversaw most of the work and published a revision just before stepping down last month. Unfortunately once a number of needed updates were noticed. These and a few others discovered as we worked on it again have now been made.
Here are the introductions from Edward from the May 2016 and myself from the June 2016 revision which cover most of the acknowledgements:
Most of what can be said here has been said by many of my predecessors.
“The Boke is a compilation of the more common ceremonies currently in use within the Middle Kingdom. This edition is really a revision of the previous version and we have corrected some errors, removed old ceremonies and added some new. It is not an all-inclusive collection of every possible ceremony, but rather a foundation from which to spring. While we have pulled out the alternative ceremonies that were found in the previous edition, we do strongly encourage writing of alternative ceremonies to fit the persona and/or taste of the recipient.”
The revision of this book was definitely not a solo project. I would like to thank Mistress Elena de Vexin for her contributions, review and commentary in the preliminary stages of revision. I would also like to thank Mistress Tyzes Sofia called Zsof, Master Dafydd Blaidd, Master Konrad Mailander, Baroness Maggie McKeith and THL Brynn Herleifsson for their contributions and assistance in applying the finishing touches to this manual. And lastly, HE Countess Alys Katharine for her superb proofreading skills. Any errors that remain are from after her proof-reading and are mine and mine alone.
Thegn Edward Aelredson
Because a few more eyes saw the May 2016 revision after it got published, there were a few things that were noticed that had not been updated. This update, which follows quickly on the heels of the previous version, fixes those areas. Primarily, a speaker from the Order of Defence was added into the other Peerage ceremonies. Also, the
suggested qualities that the Peerages attest to were standardized between the different Peerage ceremonies. And, because no herald can leave well enough alone, I made a few other edits. The ceremony for the creation of a Master of Arms has been changed so rather than refusing knighthood they are choosing to take the baldric of a Master of
Arms and the option for them to swear fealty has been added. My thanks go to, Chen-Shifu, Master Eirik Dweorgaxe, Duke Laurelen Darksbane, The Honourable Lady Petrona da Manciano, Master Rory mac Feidhlimidh and several Royal Peers for their input. And thanks again to Countess Alys Katharine for her proof-reading. Any errors that remain now fall on my shoulders.
Meister Konrad Mailander