From this past weekend's investiture - Richard and Lena's viscounty scroll.
Design notes: Richard and Lena favour early-ish personas, so I chose an exemplar from as early as I could find, in a hand I was confident in. I wanted something that featured both calligraphy, and (a limited amount of) gilding.
Cue the Byzantines! or rather, an Ottonian bible from Trier (Holy Roman Empire in Germany stealing Byzantine style and fire), from 10th/11th century. I was thrilled to find this work. It combines many of my favourite elements: white space, less-is-more emphasis on text, gold and red together.
For a text, I asked Lyonet and Arianrhod if one of them would be willing to consider writing a 'viking-like' text, one of those early alliterative things (poetry is not my strong point!) and Arianrhod replied with a text fully-formed the next day. Hurrah for a poet's productive insomnia.
Hwaet! Now virtuous Vitus unlocks the word-hoard;
white-limbed Isabel holds out her hand.
Sing, scop, of mighty times when high was built mead-hall,
Richard the Rampant dealt out rings,
riches at feasts. Lena Peaceweaver
loaned honour to the hall high and horn-gabled,
every day heard noise of revelry
loud in the hall; there was harmony of the harp,
the sweet song of the poet; learned lords and ladies
travelled the whale-road to win her wisdom.
Then was there peace and prosperity
in the Principality: Richard with mighty thews
held hard the boundaries from Iceland to Wight,
proved with his prowess his right to rule.
White-thighed Lena held hospitality.
Generosity of heart showed they both;
their war-bands were wise in ways of court as well.
Now come they before Vitus just successor
and Isabel sweet-voiced who pronounce these patents:
that those who serve enthroned in war and peace
should receive viscounty rank and rights of arms.
Rise, Viscount Richard. Viscountess Lena, rise.
Take right to rank and coronet from crowned Vitus
to use and bear without let at hard-won leisure.
Done in Deepdene shining shire
Anno societatis seven and forty on February’s second day.
The artwork did not follow the formatting perfectly: I made one artistic decision (starting a line with N, because I couldn't find an H that I liked)...and one mistake, resulting in a jogged line.
I also had to sacrifice matching the spacing exactly - my page wasn't quite big enough for the number of lines + the line height I wanted. My next effort from this work will be better spaced.
There are no red dots in the original - these are another artistic decision, to emphasise the form of the poetry and hint at how to read it.
Source image: from Rylands Medieval Collection Collection MS 98, University of Manchester. (requires decent connection, very image and navigation-heavy).
This makes day 22 of my 30 day challenge.