The badge of the SCA Herald (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
reetings, I’m dusting off the old table and gathering up fresh parchment, for I am going to try another go at publishing “The Heretical Herald” once more! I hope that any conservative heralds do not cringe at the thought of a heretical herald, for I am quite conservative… just a bit creative.
y goal is to educate and share the creativity that can be a part of heraldry. I try for a lighthearted approach to make heraldry fun. Sure there are a lot of rules and regulations, but there is also the Art of Heraldry! There is the humour of “cants”. (Not “can’t, but “cant”.)
ood heraldry actually has a lot in common with good website design and good graphic art design. You would be surprised perhaps at how much these things have in common with heraldry. (Just try to read dark blue writing on a black background in the small print on the back of an item in the grocery store.)
Populous Badge for the population of the SCA Kingdom of Antir.
will be writing from the point of view of a herald residing in the SCA Kingdom of An Tir. Be aware that there may be biases towards the way we do things up here.
I plan to contribute to this site on a regular basis, though I did in the past as well. LOL
The Heretical Herald Volume 1 Issue 1 February 11, AS XXXVIII being 2004 AD
Hark the Heretical Herald.
etting the tone for The Heretical Herald this Premier Issue includes a number of articles. The first “What’s Good Contrast?” is the first of a number of simple educational pieces aimed at the novice to Heraldry. “But I Really Wanted Sanguine!” is an article on a novel approach to the problem of a client who really wants to use a colour or pattern that just is not allowed in SCA Heraldry. The solution is fairly straightforward and does not require any special permission, research, or documentation. “Cant Do That!” announces the start of a contest challenging readers to find interesting “canting arms” in the An Tir Roll of Arms and other Rolls of Arms both SCA and Real World. “Scentual Submissions” is an short article on choices when selecting just what to use when colouring in your heraldic submission form.
Carnation (heraldry) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
For now the staff of The Heretical Herald is only “one”. That means that only one person is writing all the copy that is coming out as well as being responsible for editing, publishing, promoting, bookkeeping, and whatever else might come up. I hope in time that this might change though not too quickly. I would like to at least stay in editorial control for some time. The state of affairs of the rather limited staff however is the reason behind why The Heretical Herald might be a bit intermittent in publication to start off with. I hope that this will eventually change.
I’m not sure how much fresh material is available to keep this publication going in the long term, but I am sure there is enough for a number of issues. In any case, I am planning on keeping an archive of back issues available and perhaps updated and improved as warranted.
Please let me know if you would like to reprint any articles or items you find in this publication in your own publication or another. I’ll most likely give permission, but I would like to be asked.
Thank you for taking the time for reading this and I hope you find it useful and entertaining.
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.