In a Manor of Speaking

Submitted by IN SEINE

Thursday, 1 November 2012

The Society for Creative Anachronism, or SCA, is an educational organization for the study and re-creation of life in the Middle Ages. Members are encouraged to develop a persona, dress the part, and choose a name to fit that persona.

One of our best-loved members was Baron William Blackfox, otherwise known as Mark Wallace, who left this sphere 15 years ago, but who is fondly remembered for his wonderful drawings and very witty cartoons, many of which cause the reader to cringe at the vile puns used.

I have a print of one of my favorites, which describes how a change of persona is explained by one of the characters to another. I will shamelessly retell the story of this cartoon for the enlightenment of those who are new to the SCA:

The two gentlemen are standing near a grand old chateau with tall towers at each corner, and one young blade asks the other had he lived in this edifice. The other explains he did live there but since changed his persona from a French nobleman to that of a Tudor Englishman, and now ives in a manor. He then continues on to tell his friend, "so this place now has become a 'Chateau of my former self'."

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