Showcase: Writing Scroll Texts and Other Things – Dragon’s Heart for Beline Nervenartz

By the time the reign got to Battle of the Inland Seas, on May 20th 2017, the word was out.  William and Isolde had already had five other courts in the two weeks since Coronation (not including Coronation itself) and people knew that this was going to be a different kind of reign.

I had, by now, written five or six scroll texts for William and Isolde, at Their behest.  This request, however, came from a scribe.  Unfortunately, I don’t remember who the scribe was, and I have no pictures, but maybe someone will be able to find the Beline and we can get that information.

It was at this point that I realized that I needed to be far more rigorous about documenting what I was doing, and where it came from, so my files indicate that Beline was a later-period German persona.  I am still very much a syllable count/rhyming kind of poet (rather than the stressed and unstressed syllable kind) so I was definitely looking for extant period examples that I could sound and count out.  I also had not yet really started thinking about writ-style scrolls, based off of legal documents or deeds or proclamations, which of course don’t have to rhyme or have a syllable count.

Thus, this Dragon’s Heart for Beline Nervenartz’s service to her Canton is written in the manner of the Palästinalied, the early 13th century poem by Walther von der Vogelweide, the most celebrated German medieval lyric poet.

Before William and Isolde call
Beline Nervenartz to stand
Let all present here in the hall
Know how high We hold her hand
Her service to Canton whole
Shows all the light of her soul
Her blessing We do extol

So here she stands before the court
In the fifty-second year
No one shall Our desire thwart
But instead shall they adhere
And thus by letters this day
Due honor all should now pay
Dragon’s Heart bestowed We say