(excerpt from SCA Corpora VII.A.para 1)
Candidates for any order conferring a Patent of Arms (Peerage) must meet the following minimum criteria…
a. They shall have been obedient to the governing documents of the Society and the laws of the kingdom.
b. They shall have consistently shown respect for the Crown of the kingdom.
c. They shall have set an example of courteous and noble behavior suitable to a peer of the realm.
d. They shall have demonstrated support for the aims and ideals of the Society by being as authentic in dress, equipment and behavior as is within their power.
e. They shall have shared their knowledge and skills with others.
f. They shall have practiced hospitality according to their means and as appropriate to the circumstances.
g. They shall have made every effort to learn and practice those skills desirable at and worthy of a civilized court. To this end they should have some knowledge of a wide range of period forms, including but not limited to literature, dancing, music, heraldry, and chess, and they should have some familiarity with combat as practiced in the Society.
h. They should participate in Society recreations of several aspects of the culture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
(excerpt from SCA Corpora VII.A.para 4a)
The Chivalry consists of two equal parts: Knighthood and Mastery of Arms. No one may belong to both parts of the order at one time. When a member is admitted to the Chivalry by the Sovereign, the choice of which part of the order to join is made by the new member. The candidate must be considered the equal of his or her prospective peers with the basic weapons of tournament combat. To become a Knight, the candidate must swear fealty to the Crown of his or her kingdom during the knighting ceremony. Masters of Arms may choose to swear fealty, but are not required to do so. The duties of the Chivalry are as follows:
(a) To set an example of courtesy and chivalrous conduct on and off the field of honor.
(b) To respect the Crown of the kingdom; to support and uphold the laws of the kingdom and Corpora.
(c) To enrich the kingdom by sharing his or her knowledge and skills.
(d) To support and uphold the Crown of his or her kingdom.
(e) To enhance the renown and defend the honor of the peer’s Lady or Lord.
(f) To advise the Crown on the advancement of candidates for the Chivalry.
(g) To bestow the Accolade of Knighthood upon a candidate for the Order of Knighthood, by sole right as both Sovereign and knight, or acting directly for a Sovereign who is not a knight.
(Sumptuary Traditions and Guidelines for the Kingdom of Atenveldt)
- Chains of Fealty symbolize a bond of Fealty between a member of the Chivalry and the Crown of Atenveldt. These should be be plain gold or silver chains with links of sufficient size and style for the Crown to recognize them as such.
- The Chivalry have the exclusive right to wear spurs (brass, silver, etc.). Gold spurs can be worn by the Crown of Atenveldt and Dukes.
- Knights have the exclusive right to wear white belts. White Baldrics are reserved for the exclusive use of the Masters and Mistresses at Arms.