Friday, July 31, 2015

Mercedes Vera de Calafia - Augmentation of Arms - a.s. xlix

Project:Augmentation of Arms for Mercedes de Calafia
Words:Mistress Alys Mackyntoich
Illumination:Doña Camille des Jardins (her album for this project)
Paper:9x12" Parchment by David de Rosier-Blanc
Script:Spanish Rotunda
Pens:Wide metal & pointed nib for first line, goose quill for the smaller text.
Inks:Ian the Green's Iron Gall & Brazilwood inks
Inspiration:Letters Patent by King Charles I, 1524

Back in March, I was asked if I could help with an Augmentation of Arms for Mercedes. Time was short, so Camille and I selected a fairly simple document appropriate to Mercedes' persona. This is a period Spanish patent or grant, so the perfect style for both her persona and the award being given.

As usual, I started by attempting to copy some of the original text to get a feel for the hand.

Comfortable that I had my letter weight correct, I made a reference alphabet.

I lined the parchment with pencil, and then practiced the larger letters for the first line on paper.

I remember fighting with the metal nib and the parchment, but the first line was blessedly short. The first night I didn't get very far on the calligraphy. I was having problems getting into a rhythm.

The second night was a little better, but I still didn't get as far as I wanted.

The third night, everything came together and I finished the text and added the red lines. I used Ian the Green's Brazilwood ink in a Rapidograph technical pen.

Calligraphy and lining done, I erased the pencil marks and folded the bottom to accept a cord & seal.

Then I handed the scroll off to my apprentice-sister for her to add the Versal. She has a lovely album of her painting process if you want to see more.

Alys' Words:

Be it manifest and known to all who shall see this public instrument that, in the city of Bhakail on the eleventh day of the month of April, in the forty-ninth year of the Society, in the presence of witnesses, there being present many very exalted and powerful lords and ladies of the Realm, We, Edward and Thyra, by right of arms King and Queen of the East, did make and cause to be made certain gifts and endowments unto our very dear and well-beloved Mercedes Vera de Califia, the tenor of which, word for word, is as follows:

Item. Finding the deeds and labors of the said Mercedes to be in all ways singular, preeminent, wonderful and remarkable, not the least of which being her diligence and travails as our Seneschale; and further wishing and desiring that the said Mercedes should know the esteem in which we hold her wise counsel and patient adjuvance in all matters touching upon the good weal of the Realm; and further wishing and desiring that the said Mercedes should enjoy all the honours, graces, concessions, prerogatives, immunities, and other things, which are due to her, we do therefore endow the said Mercedes with an Augmentation of Arms;

Item. We do further command our heralds, having seen and understood the said endowment above-written, and every part and parcel of it, and being certain and assured of everything set forth therein, and desiring to observe and fulfill it, to advise and aid the said Mercedes in the fulfillment of our will;

Item. We do further, for ourselves and our successors, and their kingdoms and lordships, forever and ever, affirm, avow and agree to keep, observe, fulfill, effectively, in good faith and without deception, renouncing all fraud, mental reservation, deception, fiction, and dissimulation whatsoever, all that is set forth above; and we will and desire and are content that the within decree shall be observed and fulfilled, just as it stands.

In witness whereof we, Edward and Thyra, set our ensigns manual below.

Based on the Treaty between Spain and Portugal, concluded at Vitoria; February 19, 1524

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