Order of the Laurel

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Type:Society Award

The Order of the Laurel is one of the three SCA Bestowed Peerages, along with the Order of Chivalry and the Order of the Pelican.

Companions of the Order of the Laurel (or 'Laurels') have been recognized by the Crown for their exemplary arts, along with their consistent display of the virtues of Grace, Courtesy and Chivalric Demeanor. Their elevation is accompanied by a Patent of Arms (the highest level of arms).

Chronological listing of East Kingdom Laurels



Peerage Qualities

As for the virtues, the SCA Governing Documents state the requirements for any Peerage candidates:

"They shall have:

  • been obedient to the governing documents of the Society and the laws of the kingdom.
  • consistently shown respect for the Crown of the kingdom.
  • set an example of courteous and noble behavior suitable to a peer of the realm.
  • demonstrated support for the aims and ideals of the Society by being authentic in dress, equipment and behavior as is within their power.
  • shared their knowledge and skills with others.
  • practiced hospitality according to their means and as appropriate to the circumstances.
  • made every effort to learn and practice those skills desirable at and worthy of a civilized court. To this end they should have some knowledge of a wide range of period forms, including but not limited to literature, dancing, music, heraldry, and chess, and they should have some familiarity with combat as practiced in the Society.
  • participated in Society re-creations of several aspects of the culture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance."


The Governing Documents also state that the duties of the members of the order include:

  • setting an example of courtesy and chivalrous conduct.
  • respecting the Crown of the kingdom; supporting and upholding the laws of the kingdom and the governing documents of the Society.
  • (if the member has sworn fealty to the Crown) supporting and upholding the Crown of his or her kingdom.
  • enriching the kingdom by sharing his or her knowledge and skills.
  • advising the Crown on the advancement of candidates for the Pelican.

Symbols of the Order

Elevation to the Order

(to be added)



Swearing Fealty


History of the Order of the Laurel

Awards of the East Kingdom
Society Awards: Award of Arms, Grant of Arms, Court Barony, Chivalry, Laurel, Pelican, Royal Peerage, Rose

Orders of High Merit: Golden Rapier, Maunche, Sagittarius, Silver Crescent, Tygers Combattant
Orders of Honor: Artemis, Burdened Tyger, Gawain, Golden Mantle, King's Order of Excellence, Queen's Order of Courtesy, Silver Rapier, Tyger's Cub, Terpsichore, Troubadours
Other Awards: Blue Tyger Legion, East Kingdom Augmentation of Arms, Golden Lyre, King's Cypher, King's Esteem of Merit, King's Order of the Tyger of Valor, Queen's Cypher, Queen's Honour of Distinction, Royal Augmentation of Arms, Tyger of Foreign Legions, Tyger of the East
Closed: Fatima, Guardsman, Pheon
Other Information: Customs & Traditions

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