And now for something different!
I saw a great period source on the Kingdom of An Tir Facebook page, the Fencers’ Ordinance of the Old Town of Prague from 1597. It’s amazing. It has a clause saying that someone can be ceremonially beaten with a shovel. The language is blunt and humorous. Obviously, I wanted to find the original source, but it was not in English, so some help from Mistress Lucia d’Enzinas helped and I have a more direct source linked below.
Also notice that they refer to fencers as Federfechters or Marxbruders … yes, an official term for a fencer is a Marx Brother. That’s funny to us in a modern context.
They also refer to fencers who are ‘unauthorized’. Congratulations everyone, we just documented your authorization cards as a medieval thing.
So, looking at this backwards, below is the text of the Ordinance, with what I consider great language snippets to use in scrolls or ceremonies bolded. And yes, I am definitely going to write a peerage elevation ceremony with the line ‘Is there a shovel?’.
Cheerfully slaving for my feudal masters,