COURT ETIQUETTE OF ROSENYR
Issued and Confirmed by his Majesty Louis II, High Prince of Rosenyr
With the upcoming of courts following the conclusion of the construction of the Palace of Rosenyr, his Majesty Louis II, High Prince of Rosenyr has deemed it fit to bring up a series of Royal Laws for when in times of court, the following shall be the official laws of Court, as when a court is called, all in attendance are required to obey these laws, failure to do so shall result in severe punishment, decided by the High Prince.
II. How to Address Nobility and Gentry
III. Attitude during Court
IV. Court Procedure
According to the ancient customs of the Rosnian people, there are certain laws and traditions that must be followed to adhere to the etiquette of the noble court. These customs originate from the divine right granted upon the prince. As customs to address someone graced by the divines themselves, these traditions are not law only through social contract, but through divine contract. And as his vassals derive their grace through the High Prince, the same divine traditions extend to them. Whether in the company of a knight of the High Prince himself, persons of all social classes should adhere to the behavior expected of them.
How to Address the Nobility, Clergy and Gentry
High Prince/High Princess- Upon arrival into the court all must refer to him or her as “Votre Majeste”
Orateur Principal - Upon arrival into the court all must refer to him or her as “Votre Eminence”
Prince/Princess- Upon arrival into the court all must refer to them as “Votre Altesse”
Duke/Duchesse- Upon arrival of the Duke or Duchesse unto the court all must refer to them as “Votre Grace”
Grand Orateur- Upon arrival into the court all must refer to him or here as “Votre Grace”
Count/Countess- Upon arrival of the Count or Countess onto the court all must refer to them as “Mon Lord or Madame”
Grand Orateur- Upon arrival into the court, all must refer to them as “Votre Excellence”
Baron/Baroness- Upon arrival of the Baron or Baroness onto the court all must refer to them as “Mon Lord or Madame”
Lord/Dame- Upon arrival of the Lord or Dame onto the court, all must refer to them as “Mon Lord or Madame”
Knight / Knight-Dame- Upon arrival of the Knight or Knight Dame, all must refer to them as “Sir or Dame”
Attitude During Court
During court all are expected to uphold the traditional standards of old Rosenyr, following as such.
All must remain quiet whilst the High Prince is addressing a matter
One may not speak unless spoken to, as it is a sign of disrespect
Any who dare question the High Princes decree, will be seen as an act of defiance and treachery, and shall be dealt with immediately, as this act would not be taken lightly.
One not of noble blood may never touch the High Prince, besides to kiss his ring.
When the High Prince enters a room, all present must stand up.
~Royal Subjects in the Court of High Prince, Louis II. circa 1699~
How to Approach a Member of the Court
When approaching any nobility, or gentry, one should either offer a bow or curtsy. This is considered a formality to show respect when addressing someone of high stature.
Males should at least bow at the neck. When addressing the High Prince, one should bow at the waist.
Females should curtsy in a subtle manner. Dip one’s body downward by bending at the knees.
When approaching any noble one should wait to be addressed before speaking. The formality of the conversation should be dictated by the individual of the higher stature and physical contact only made if they initiate first.
When standing, keep at attention with one’s hands clasped in front of behind one’s self. No crossing arms nor slouching.
General Courtly Procedure
All those who wish to attend court must arrive at or before the specified time. Those who arrive late interrupt the procession of court, and must use the stolen time to offer an apology to the Prince before seating themselves.
Once all have arrived, the royal procession will enter the court. The Orateur Principal shall enter first, followed by the Rose Council, the Royal family, and finally the Prince himself.
The High Prince will be the first to seat himself. Once he has been seated, the Orateur Principal will follow, followed by the Royal family, and the Rose Council. Only then will the rest of those in attendance to court be seated.
The chancellor of the Rose Council will call the beginning of the royal court. Upper nobility will be given the first chance to petition the High Prince and the council. After them, court will proceed according to descending rank, following with lower nobility, gentry, and finally commoners.
It is customary, though not required, for vassals of the High Prince to display their undying love and fealty by presenting His Majesty with gifts or homage. In turn, it would beseech the High Prince to return the favor with gifts of his own.
When approaching the High Prince and addressing him, one should be sure to adhere to all etiquette laws.
After all petitioners have made their case and returned to their seats, the chancellor will call court to an end. The High Prince will rise, and as he does, so will the rest of the royal procession and those attending court. The Orateur Principal will lead the royal procession out of the audience chamber, followed by the High Council, the royal family, and finally the Prince himself.
Once the royal procession has exited, court will be dismissed, and all in attendance be free to exit the audience chamber.
The Oath of a Landed Noble Unto the High Prince I, Lord [Familial name of dynasty], son of the woman [mother’s name], swear to you [High Prince’s familial name], High Prince of Rosenyr, that from this hour unto my death or dismissal that I will be faithful to you with regard to your life, and the members of your family, both in good faith and without deception. I will be faithful to you concerning the holding of [fief’s name] and the territory that belongs to it within its entire boundaries. I swear I will neither seize that castle nor its territory, not I, nor any man or woman acting by my advice or instigation. I will help you to hold, have and defend against all men and women who might wish to seize or deprive you of all these above mentioned things. I will give you possession of that castle and that fortress which is or will be inside it as many times as you demand them of me, either you yourself or by your representative or representatives. All that has been said before, I will hold and observe faithfully and without deception, by the Divines.
Signé au nom de
His Royal Majesty, Louis II of the House of Rosiere, Prince of Rosenyr, Duke of Peri and Northwatch, Count of Pris and Layria, Baron of Pessac, Olsten and Anders, Defender of the Rosynian, Lairnic, Adreni, and Matrian peoples