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An SCA reality-check

Posted on 2013.08.06 at 12:12


ext_2102593 at 2013-08-07 14:55 (UTC) (Link)
Joe, one thing that left a VERY sour taste in my mouth about the situation you are describing and others like is was that so many peers felt like they could not do anything because they were in fealty to the Crown, who was the problem. I was incensed that "being in fealty" meant "standing by and watching people get hurt and abused because your responsibility to the Crown outweighed your responsibility to the populace." Fealty does not mean letting the Crown roll over you. It means supporting them, disagreeing with them, giving them the room to make mistakes when necessary, and stopping them cold when those mistakes cross the line from 'human error' to 'human asshat.'

Like any other generalized statement, this is not true about all of us, but the Peers of Caid behaved horribly in that situation. Some of us did everything we could to confront the problem, but most of us did not. It was a travesty.

isabeau_lark at 2013-08-07 21:27 (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you made this point regarding fealty. This is actually one of the reasons that when my brother was knighted, he swore fealty to the crown, NOT the king and queen. By being in fealty to the institution of the crown he has different responsibilities than being in fealty to a set of individuals.

The idea of fealty meaning unconditional support is also a fallacy. In my mind it's the equivalent of a parent who lets a child do whatever they want. They're not doing anyone any favors, least of all the child. To NOT step up when royalty are in the wrong, to my mind, is the breach in the vow of fealty.
nytekat at 2013-08-08 00:09 (UTC) (Link)
I like that
Cathyn Cardinal Kildare
cathyn at 2013-08-08 17:27 (UTC) (Link)
Sometimes fealty means defending the Crown, sometimes it means defending the people and Kingdom from the Crown.
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