The Treaty of the Golden Lance
Treaty of the Golden Lance as of A.S. LIV (54)
As of 2019, the crowns of the Kingdoms of Ansteorra, Trimaris, Caid, Æthelmearc, Atlantia, the East, and the Outlands have all signed the following Treaty of the Golden Lance wherein the signatory kingdoms agree to the use of a common name and heraldry and to recognize the members of each kingdom's orders as equivalent to their own order.
The treay reads as follows:
"We, the kingdoms signatory to this treaty, desire to offer deserved and due recognition to those in Our respective kingdoms who have demonstrated exceptional expertise in the arts of equestrian activities and who have, through service to the equestrian community, advanced those arts and promoted them; and
We desire to promote the equestrian arts within Our separate realms, and to other realms, by this recognition of exemplar individuals; and
We desire to establish in, between, and throughout Our realms a singular order to accomplish this recognition, such that all who hold membership in this order will be recognized equally for their skills and service to the equestrian arts among and within all kingdoms signatory to this treaty; and
We desire to register this order name and similar badges for each kingdom signatory to this treaty with the College of Arms.
Article the First ~
We do each therefore establish, create, and recognize within Our separate realms, according to Our kingdom law and the Laws of Arms, the Order of the Golden Lance. Further, We each declare that a member of this order inducted in any other kingdom signatory to this treaty shall be welcomed in all of Our realms and accorded the rights and precedence granted to Our own kingdom's members of this order. We do not, save only by the terms of other treaties in force if any are applicable, grant to any other kingdom the right to confer membership in this order upon one of Our populace without prior consultation with Us or Our successor Kings and Queens.
Article the Second ~
We do each grant to each and every other kingdom signatory to this treaty permission to conflict with our respective name and badge registrations for this Order of the Golden Lance for purposes of each kingdom's registration of the order with the College of Arms. We do each recognize that such permission granted cannot be revoked once registrations are completed. This treaty text shall be included with each registration of name or badge to the College of Arms and shall constitute documentation of such permission to conflict as the College may require.
Article the Third ~
We each mutually recognize that the name of this order registered to each signatory kingdom will add the kingdom name to the end of the phrase: "Order of the Golden Lance of".
Article the Fourth ~
We each mutually recognize that the badge registration by each signatory kingdom for this order will include the charge of "a lance Or" as either a primary charge or as an overall charge, all other badge components to be determined by each signatory kingdom. We each further mutually declare that members of this order are at any time entitled to wear either the badge of this order of the kingdom in which they were made members or the badge of the order of the kingdom in which they currently reside.
Article the Fifth ~
"We do each direct and charge, through enactment of this treaty, Our respective Colleges of Heralds to speedily register the order name and badge for Our respective kingdoms with the College of Arms.
Article the Sixth ~
We, the kingdoms signatory to this treaty, do further declare Our intent to encourage other realms in the pursuit of the equestrian arts and to welcome such kingdoms who pursue these ideals to join this treaty as they may desire.
By Our Hands, duly witnessed by Our Principal Heralds, do We enact these articles and make their terms binding as law in Our respective kingdoms in accordance with the procedures and laws of Our kingdoms.
The Order of the Golden Lance was based on the Company of St. Anne, an SCA Interkingdom Equestrian Company which was created in 1996 as an interkingdom mounted military company comprised of the most highly skilled and historically authentic riders.
The original name, Order of the Golden Lance, was registered with the College of Heralds in October 2004. In July of 2005 the name was changed to the Order of the Golden Lance of Ansteorra after the Kingdom of Trimaris signed The Treaty of the Golden Lance, thereby creating their own Order of the Golden Lance of Trimaris.
The following kingdoms have entered into the Treaty of the Golden Lance:
- Ansteorra and Trimaris created the Treaty in July 2005 C.E. being A.S. XL (40)
- Caid joined during Gulf Wars March 2009 C.E. being A.S. XLIII (43)
- Atlantia in September 2011 C.E. being A.S. XLVI (46)
- Æthelmearc signed at Pennsic War July 2013 C.E. being A.S. XLVIII (48)
- East in March 2015 C.E. being A.S. XLIX (49)
- Outlands in November of 2019 C.E. being A.S. LIV (54). Their signing of the treaty converted existing members of their Order of the Silver Lance into the newly formed Order of the Golden Lance of the Outlands.
To read more history of the Treaty of the Golden Lance and to see photos from other kingdoms, please visit the following links: