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Good Morrow, good knights!

I am hoping to lean on your expertise and gather some advice. I will be portraying Queen Bess at a new ren faire, and as part of my day, have been asked to perform a knighting ceremony. Although I have done some preliminary research, I felt that you might have the best answers for me.

As I am knighting children, I am looking for appropriate things to say, the proper way to act and address a knight. I am looking for something that children will understand, something that will make an impact, and be memorable, without offending a diverse audience.

While I need something appropriate for children, I may also want something for a more mature applicant.

Also... I don't want to steal glory from "actual" knights - I want the children to feel special, but I also want them to see the knights (jousters, in this case) as heroes, not equals.

Your thoughts, advice,  suggestions, and anything to build my confidence in this matter is very much appreciated!

Monsignor de Beaumanoir:

There are many a book out there that cover knighting ceremonies for children, an example being "Raising a Modern Day Knight" that cover such.

I would also recommend you seek out Her Majesty Christine on the following site who does knighting ceremonies for children on a near regular basis. (Tell her I sent you)

I don't think they'll feel equals of the Festival knights as they still lack many of the accoutrements that they visually associate with the knights of the event.

Good luck and thanks for thinking of the children in your events, I recognise them at our General Chapter gatherings and they always enjoy it.

Pax vobiscum.  :)

Monsignor de Beaumanoir, I thank you for your gracious advice - I would not have found that book were it not for you! I have reserved it at my local library!

One other query, if I may....

Is "Sir Knight" or "Dame Knight" an appropriate mode of address from a Queen to a knight? What other options are there?

My deepest thanks!


Monsignor de Beaumanoir:
I would think "Sir" or "Dame" would be the extent of each. This is the secular dribble  ;) :P, that we of the Military Orders have gotten away from with our titles of Brother or Sister.

Glad to have been of service.

Here at Scarborough, we make them 'Ladies of Court' and 'Knights of the Realm'


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