I was to become a provost to Master Jean Xavier Boullier.
I have known Jean Xavier for many years and have considered him friend. We served on Brenwen's guard for her second reign, he as captain. When he was forced to vacate the position, due to his elevation to the Pelican, he suggested me as his replacement. He is the only person to hit me right on the plate in my ankle while fencing. He is my favorite drinking buddy for Dragon*con. He is the kind of person I have looked up to and tried to emulate, always gracious, kind, thoughtful.
When the MOD was established, I knew I had a new goal. I'm not sure if I will ever get there, but it is something I have been working towards, even before it was a possibility. It took a lot of thinking for me to decide to become a provost. I was already an OGR, well established in the rapier community. Was this something I needed or even wanted?
When I thought about the idea of becoming a provost to a MOD, I had a few people I considered asking. Of all the Eastern MODs, I consider many close friends. But when I thought about it, I thought that pairing myself with Jean Xavier would be a great match. With that thought, I asked him if he would consider taking me on at the Roses Tourney back in September. He readily agreed and I am very thankful.
When I squired to Sir Mitchel, I was asked to give an oath of fealty. I had never been asked to give an oath like that so I was a little on the spot trying to come up with words on the fly. It might not have been pretty. When I became Emeline's cadet, we didn't exchange oath or have a big ceremony. We gathered friends about and she put a scarf on me.
When it came time to think of what to do in this case, I started doing some research. I figured an apprenticeship contract would be a good starting point. The document I found was a little out of period, but started adapting it to work for this situation. I asked Alys for editing help, which she gladly supplied. I sent the words to Jean Xavier and he liked them.
I was coming down to the deadline and wanted a document to present at Yule, so it could be signed by all parties. Again, Alys to the rescue. So with that said, here is the contract:
|Contract of Indenture|
This indenture made the 12th day of December in the 50th year of the Society in the presence of Brennan II by grace of God King of the East, and Caoilfhionn the Queen, sovereigns of all the lands from the Great Eastern Ocean to the borders of Æthelmearc, Atlantia, and Ealdormere, defenders of the truth.
Witness herein that Owynn Greenwood, Baron of the Eastern Court, does hereby covenant, accord and contract with Master Jean Xavier Boullier to serve him as provost from the date of these presents until the said Owynn shall accomplish his full understanding of all matters that the said Jean Xavier shall require, during all which term the said Owynn covenants, agrees and contracts to serve the said Jean Xavier faithfully in all lawful business according to his power, wit and ability; in all things the said Owynn shall demean and behave himself honestly, orderly and obediently towards his said master during the said term.
And the said Jean Xaxier for himself, his executors and administrators, doth covenant, agree and contract by these presents to train, educate and inform the said Owynn in all matters concerning the arts of the rapier and defense. And the said Jean Xavier shall and will, during all the term aforesaid, find, provide and allow unto the said Owynn meet, competent and sufficient meat, drink and apparel, lodging, washing, and all other things necessary and fit for a provost. And the said Jean Xavier also shall and will provide that the said Owynn shall not be in any any way a burden to the faith or fame of the Kingdom.
At the end of the term aforesaid, the said Jean Xavier agrees and confirms that he shall and will make, provide, allow and deliver unto the said Owynn apparel of all sorts, good and new, that is to say a good new suit for the holy days and another for working days.
In witness whereof the parties abovenamed have put their ensigns manual to these presents upon the day and year written above.
We whose name are subscribed below, Administrators of the peace of the Kingdom, do consent to the contracting of Owynn Greenwood as Provost according to the intent and meaning of this Indenture.So a HUGE thank you to Alys for the editing and calligraphy. Also a big thank you to everyone who stood there to witness the occasion. It meant a lot to me.