Words for Samuel di Bianco’s Maunche

I was asked to write words for Samuel di Bianco’s Maunche given at 12th Night. An Elizabethan text was requested, so I started sorting through some of the letters of Elizabeth I. I settled on her Letter of Recall for those who had gone abroad without her license. While the text didn’t lend itself to the nature of this award, there’s some fantastic language and examples of 16th-century early-modern English spelling.

The scroll itself was etched by Cormac Mor, and turned out amazing.

The original text can be found HERE on page 48.

Here’s the completed text with a modernized version below:

By the Kinge. By the Queene.

                Unto our worthie seervant, Samuel di Bianco, we greete you well. Forasmuch as you ar of late far from our presence in this realme, in fair western fields of Hartshorn-dale, esteemed nobles of our court have carryed word to us and our Counsell, and made us privuey thereunto the many laybours and valuable research thou hast cast upon the good people of our realme, We let you, therfor witt, that our pleasr and express will is, that upon the allegeance and duety you owe unto us, make yowr presence known here today before us so that we myght induct you into oure moost esteemed Ordre of the Maunche. Letting you further to understand, that any who myghtn call this our decree into question, we shall procede against them, according to our lawes in that behalf provided. Geven under our signet at our 12th Night Celebracyon in our fair Barony of Carillion the xxij day of Januarie anno societatis 49.

Edward Rex. Thyra Regina.

And the modernized version:

By the King. By the Queen.

Unto our worthy servant, Samuel di Bianco, we greet you well. Forasmuch as you are of late far from our presence in this realm, in fair western fields of Hartshorn-dale, esteemed nobles of our court have carried word to us and our Council, and made us privey thereunto the many labors and valuable research thou hast cast upon the good people of our realm, We let you, therefore witt, that our pleasure and express will is, that upon the allegiance and duty you owe unto us, make your presence known here today before us so that we might induct you into our most esteemed Order of the Maunche. Letting you further to understand, that any who might call this our decree into question, we shall proceed against them, according to our laws in that behalf provided. Given under our signet at our 12th Night Celebration in our fair Barony of Carillion on the 17th Day of January Anno Societatis 49.

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