In this chapter we use Propriety, in the sense of ‘appropriate-ness’ or ‘acting properly’ as an extension of Courtesy. That is, showing respect for an occasion or venue, and being courteous enough to behave in a manner consistent with the expectations of the hosts/sponsors and other guests or attendees
As we find with many of the other virtues, Humility is necessary to recognize that your individual attitudes are not the most important consideration in a given situation.
With St. Valentine’s Day around the corner, we thought it might be worthwhile to distribute this handy guide. If you’re stuck for a gift, or aren’t sure what might be appropriate, we present the definitive, universal and foolproof manual for demonstrating every possible level of affection or regard for another person.
Just kidding, we didn’t do all that. But it might be a useful thought-starter if you need one. Have fun, and be excellent to each other.
Courtesy, as one of our Twelve Virtues, is more than just being polite. To our knightly forebears, courtesy meant those manners necessary for interaction at a noble court.
So what does it mean to us now? How do manners and etiquette affect our everyday interactions, and how do we apply chivalry to those interactions and our social behaviors? In many ways, this is at the core of our discussions.
A somewhat SCA specific topic, prompted in part by a recent survey. Our plan was to get some input from the general population at a local SCA event. Well, attendance wasn’t what we’d hoped for and discourse was limited. But, we are pressing on with our own opinions. Big surprise, I know.
We discuss what Peerage Orders are, some of their history and where they might be headed. We also touch on what we call things in the Society, how they affect our perceptions and in some ways lay the tracks for our future.