Monday, April 7, 2014

Antonio Patrasso (Queens Order of Courtesy)

Queens Order of Courtesy
First Court, Coronation of Brennan and Caoilfhionn, Barony of Settmour
Awarded April 5, AS 48 (XLVIII)

Calligraphy and illumination by Isabel Chamberlaine. Inspired by folios found in Harley 5761 contained within The British Library manuscript collection.

Paper: Peramenata, 230gsm, Natural.
Materials: Oak gall ink with a Mitchell #6 nib and squiggles done with a crowquill nib; 23k gold sheet-leaf applied with Modern Raised Gesso from Guild Mirandola; 23k shell gold created from leaf and mixed with gum arabic; various Windsor & Newton gouache.

Words by Her Majesty, Caoilfhionn.

When a gentle in Our kingdom has been found by Our Queen to be an exemplar of the most sacred virtue of Courtesy, he wears on his person a white glove bearing Tudor rose, that all may know his merits.

The name of Sir Antonio Patrasso is synonymous with Courtesy. To list all of the ways in which he embodies this ideal would be to inflict pain upon the hand of the poor scribe who pens these words for Us, thus We give but a sampling of what We have Ourselves witnessed. Guiding all who seek his tutelage, he gives confidence to those learning his beloved art of fence, even timid Princesses of uncertain coordination. His patience is the stuff of legends. He is tirelessly devoted to his varied crafts and pursuits, creating as gifts silk banners bearing the recipient’s arms, that Our halls may be draped in fluttering pageantry. When he hears of a problem, Sir Antonio, without hesitation, finds a way to solve it. In return for his deeds and his works, he asks nothing, but finds joy in the joy he gives to others.

It is this joy, this patience, this generosity that moves Us to award him with the Queen’s Order of Courtesy, that he may wear the symbol of the Order and all may know that We find him exemplary. Done by Our hand at Our Coronation on the 5th of April AS XLVIII* in our beloved home Barony of Settmoure Swamp.

Scroll ID: Isabel C 44
Completed April 4, 2014