You may at some point hear the words “sumptuary laws.” Sumptuary laws are laws that were put in place during the later medieval and renaissance period to govern what people could and could not wear, often this was based on social class. SCA Kingdoms do have sumptuary laws.

Northshield sumptuary laws mainly involve symbols of rank and office. However, don’t worry too much, we’re a pretty laid back kingdom.

Here are some things to be aware of. We typically avoid wearing these as a courtesy to those that have earned them. Such things are:

Crowns and metal circlets – These are worn by royalty (crowns) or are awarded to people by the court (baronets, coronets, and circlets).

White belt (fabric or leather), spurs and gold chain around the neck – These are worn by knights. The Order of the Chivalry is a very prestigious position that took many years of training and an elevation that was agreed upon by their peers and awarded by The Crown. (White belts are reserved across the Known World for Knights and Master/Mistress of Arms).

White livery collar  – Worn by members of the Order of Defense.  The Order of the Defense, like the Order of the Chivalry,  is a very prestigious position that took many years of training and an elevation that was agreed upon by their peers and awarded by the The Crown.

White scarf around upper arm – These are worn by distinguished members of the Rapier community known as The Order of the White Scarf.

Pelican, piercing her breast – This is the symbol worn by Pelicans. The Order of the Pelican  is for service to the kingdom.

Laurel wreath – This is the symbol worn by Laurels. Laurels are usually really good at at least one thing.

Red belts – are indicators that the person is a squire to a Knight.

Green belts – are worn by apprentices to a Laurel.

Yellow belts – are worn by a protégé to a Pelican.

Keep in mind that most of the above can be kingdom specific, these are Northshield’s.