Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Finán mac Bressail's Silver Crescent Scroll

I was given an assignment for a Silver Crescent scroll for someone I did not know well and knew of another Silver Crescent who missed doing scrolls due to a variety of reasons. But Aislinn loves the research as much as I do, so together we worked together to make a wonderfully researched scroll for Lord Finán mac Bressail.

The words were created by Baroness Aislinn Chiabach, heavily inspired by The Brus by John Barbour. She wrote it in a particular style to medieval Scottish poetry, called "octosyllabic".

"As we King Omega of East
And Queen Etheldreda  attend
Of good Lord Finán mac Bressail
Who’s become known to royal ears.
That in this land this worthy man
became, a haven for those new.
Ah, Service is a noble thing!
Armor, weapons, made by his hands
Grace gentles and children alike.
Children, the heart's blood of the East,
Must be supported and taught.
He teaches, practices and leads
Our youth sparkle under his care
Some think service is marred by praise
Nay, say we! For all the silver
Shall be worn by thee on this day
In Crescent form with golden crown
For service is solace to all
Without which we could ne'er go on

The silver crescent We do give
On this day, July eleven
At the Great NorthEastern War in
Province of Malagentia." The illumination and calligraphy style was based on the Winchester Bible, dated 1160-1175.