Order of the Silver Hammer: John Bowyer


Source text: a combination of Froissart’s Chronicles (https://www.dhi.ac.uk/onlinefroissart/) and the letters of Jeanne d’Arc. The mingling of English and French sources was amusing to me. 🙂

Be it remembered that on the second day of April in the fifty-sixth year of the Society, with the King Hirsch and the Queen Magdalena present at the Shire of Cum an Iolair, there were also many people summoned by Royal authority. In the evening, Sir John Bowyer did come to Them when he learned They were approaching, as he had been commanded to do so. And there were heard at this time words from the Order of the Silver Hammer concerning how he was not only valiant in battle but very learned also, and that he did teach and share joyfully, and that he did so in such a wise and able manner that all people listened to him willingly. 

As Their Majesties took heed of the testimony so given, and properly considered the merit and esteem They felt towards the said John, They therefore willed and granted that he should be granted entry into the Order, with leave to enjoy and exercise each and every liberty, responsibility, and privilege appertaining to the same, in addition to those responsibilities and privileges granted by Their ancestors of blessed memory on previous occasions.   

And so willing and granting, Their Majesties caused these letters to be made and to be marked with their signs manual.  Written and witnessed upon the day and date aforesaid.

For a behind the scenes look at the calligraphy and illumination of the text, visit the blog of the brilliant Baron Konstantia: https://kaloethina.wordpress.com/2022/04/04/silver-hammer-for-john-bowyer-and-other-good-news/

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