The Peerages of the Society for Creative Anachronism
(also called 'Orders') are the highest ranking awards within the SCA. The SCA 'peerage' ranks and meaning deviate from historical peerage
as practiced in the United Kingdom
or similar countries, although the SCA's peerages are rather loosely based on medieval
Like the period orders, such as the British Order of the Garter
, The recommendation to award a Peerage (except Royal Peerage - see below) is usually by a meeting (face-to-face, called a Peerage Circle, or written) to the King and Queen (crown) of the particular Kingdom (region). The King and Queen must at least nominally consult with the members of that Peerage before awarding a new member. What constitutes an appropriate amount of consultation is on occasion a matter of dispute between SCA crowned heads and their peers.
There are four classifactions of peerages in the SCA: Chivalry, Laurel, Pelican, and Royal Peerage.
Order of the Chivalry
Members are awarded this rank for excellence in heavy combat arts. The Chivalry fall into two classifications: Knights and Masters at Arms. Knights and Masters of Arms are referred to collectively as the Order of Chivalry and by SCA Corpora are equal members of the same Order.
are recognized by their white belts, and also gold spurs and gold chains (in some Kingdoms, all spurs and unadorned open-linked chains regardless of color are reserved for knights only). Knighted men are addressed as Sir, and... Read More