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Order of the Chivalry

Members are awarded this rank for excellence in heavy fighting and members can choose, at the time membership is offered, one of two options: Knight or Master of Arms. Collectively, Knights and Masters of Arms are referred to as the Order of Chivalry and are members of equal standing within the Order. SCA Knights are recognized by their white belts, spurs and large open-link chains. Knights are typically addressed as Sir, and Lady Knights frequently take "Sir" as well, although Dame is an available option as well. Some Knights use title forms that are more appropriate to their persona - for example a knight with a German persona may use Ritter in place of Sir. Knights may take Squires, as students of Chivalry and Martial Arts. Squires are usually recognizable by their red belts. Whereas a white belt is a reserved piece of regalia for Knights, a red belt is not reserved for squires - anyone may wear a red belt. It is not necessary or required to be a squire prior to becoming a knight. There is a frequent expression that "squire" is a job description, not a rank.

What differeniates Knights from Masters of Arms is the oath of fealty. While Knights are required to swear the oath of fealty to the Crown, Masters of Arms do not take this oath. A Master of Arms is recognized by the white baldric (worn crosswise from shoulder to hip) rather than a white belt. They do not wear a chain (as the chain is a symbol of the fealty to the Crown) or spurs. Masters of Arms may choose to swear fealty in a particular instance if they choose, or not at all. This is to allow those whose religious convictions forbid them to swear an oath, or those who refuse to be bound by oaths not of their choosing, to still accept the honor of an SCA peerage, should it be offered. Masters of Arms are addressed as Master or Mistress.

SCA Corpora (VIII.A.4.a) [[1]] dictates, "only a knight can make a Knight". On the rare occassions of someone winning a Crown Tournament who is not a Knight must have a Knight bestow the accolade (the "dubbing", or tapping on the shoulder with a sword) to make the new Knight, thus maintaining the unbroken lineage of "true Knights". In written correspondence, an individual may use either KSCA or MSCA to reflect their membership in the Order of Chivalry.

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