The Heretical Herald Volume 1 Issue 1

Greetings, For a start I shall be posting articles from the first issue of The Heretical Herald which I published February Eleventh, 2004. I will not be posting them as a single monolithic block and I may have to edit some and even omit some of the articles for copyright reasons. I had special permission to use certain items and management changes as well as internal offices in some organizations. This will hold true for other past issues of The Heretical Herald.

I do plan on posting new material as well in future, but I think you’ll find the articles upcoming from past issues most useful and entertaining.

“The Heretical Herald Volume 1 Issue 1 February 11, AS XXXVIII being 2004 AD”

For your information, if you are not familiar with The Society for Creative Anachronism Inc. (SCA), “AS XXXVIII” stands for “Anno Societatatus 38” or the 38th year of the society referring to the start date of the SCA.

Hello world!

Cambridge University Heraldry--horizontal array

Cambridge University Heraldry–horizontal array (Photo credit: The Happy Rower)

In 2004 I was very active in Heraldry in The Society for Creative Anachronism Inc. — SCA Inc. — and prided myself with finding solutions that made my clients — as a Herald Extraordinaire — quite happy. I did realize there were interesting problems that people didn’t have solutions for… but I could find unconventional solutions for. On the other hand, I found that often, more conservative solutions, once explained suited better.

Often it was a matter of misunderstandings of just why certain rules were in place, and sometime it wasn’t a matter of rule at all, but rumour and memory of past mistake in application of rules. I decided to set forth in a slightly light hearted — masked hero — manner to come to the rescue and thus the Heretical Herald was born!

My thought was to somehow publish a slightly humorous publication to educate and entertain both seasoned herald and novice alike in the area of heraldry. This was a tall order being that many many heralds were senior to me. However I was one to sit at the feet of giants and actually listen and more so to ask questions.

An so my original website “The Heretical Herald” was born back 8 years ago.

It is my plan to bring back the articles I printed in the short run of that publication as well as to add to it. This format makes for less work in the publication — something that really bogged down the original. So if you knew the original, you will recognize some of the work. I also plan on new material including articles that will teach heraldry to the novice and beginner.

The articles will be published in this column. I only can wish for readers.

HH.