Order of the Dragon’s Barb – October 2011

Order of the Dragon's BarbOrder of the Dragon’s Barb for Diccon de Reinport. Gouache and ink on Canson 90-lb Classic Cream drawing paper (not recommended) and calligraphy in Higgins black waterproof ink using a .7 mm Brause nib.

The text reads:

It is only fitting that We, Eikbrandr and Runa, King and Queen of the Middle Kingdom, would honor Diccon de Reinport who has distinguished himself in service to the Archer Corps of the Midrealm spanning over fifteen years, two Baronies, and several Shires.

We are minded to create him a Companion of the Order of the Dragon’s Barb and thus bestow upon him all rights and responsibilities attendant upon this rank and the bear the badge: Fieldless, a dragon’s tail palewise, barb to chief, within and issuant from [an] annulet vert scaly argent, without let or hindrance.

Confirmed by Our hands and seal this twenty-ninth day of October, A.S. XLVI at Red Dragon in Our Marche of Tirnewydd.

Illumination based on Metrical lives of Saints Edmund and Fremund, in the presentation copy for Henry VI, including the prologue, Folio 10 verso, circa between 1434 and 1439. http://molcat1.bl.uk/illcat/ILLUMIN.ASP?Size=mid&IllID=15559

Archer figure adapted from unnamed prayer book c. 1438, Prayer to St. Sebastian. http://zoom.kb.nl/zoom.php?src=http%3A%2F%2Fresolver.kb.nl%2Fresolve%3Furn%3DBYVANCKB%3Amimi_mmw_10e1%3A073v_min

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