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The FEUDAL HERALD

An Online Newsletter from The Baronage Press
featuring Heraldry and related subjects

Vol. 2, Nos 5 and 6, May-June 2000

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CONTENTS

* A Welcome and an Explanation
* The Battle of Britain
* A Family Story
* Russia's Egalitarian Society
* Egalitarianism in England
* Not for the Squeamish
* Lords of the Manor - 1
* Lords of the Manor - 2
* Lords of the Manor - 3
* Support Welcomed - 1
* Support Welcomed - 2
* Subscription

 

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A WELCOME AND AN EXPLANATION

The usual purpose of this newsletter is to link regular BARONAGE readers to those articles in the magazine that might interest them, so in it you would find mention of the art, symbolism and meaning of heraldry, and, from time to time, of the history, politics, warfare, chivalry, books, cinema and other entertainment to which heraldry has thematic links.

But the April issue of this newsletter concerned solely the loss of the service provided to us under contract by our ISP, a loss that followed threats to the ISP from ***** ****** Ltd, a company that sells "titles" of "nobility" to ambitious men with chequebooks and little knowledge of English law, an operation we had exposed. Our ISP surrendered tamely without consulting us.
We are now back online with a new ISP, but the seven week hiaitus lost us the May issue of this newsletter and most of the content of the May-June issue of the BARONAGE magazine. The July-August issue of the magazine will carry the usual range of articles.
We take this opportunity to thank all the readers who wrote the many letters of support we received, and especially those who wrote to explain to the ISP exactly what they thought of censorship being achieved successfully by bluff.

We return to this topic at the end of this newsletter. We start with a note on our principal concern, the preservation of history.



THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN

Despite our obvious interest in the Middle Ages, we do not consider history to be exclusively mediaeval. In the magazine we have been looking recently at chivalry in the 20th century, a topic we shall continue in the July-August issue. The 60th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the air war fought in 1940 to prevent a German invasion of the British Isles, prompts us to remember those aerial knights who attained their immortality by winning a mighty victory in the face of immense odds. During the battle, while the rate of fighter production could just about keep pace with the rate of our aircraft losses, the numbers of new pilots from the schools were being exceeded by the numbers of those being killed.

On the day the Battle is now deemed to have started, on the night of which the Luftwaffe launched its first really big raid against England, Winston Churchill, slowly and resonantly, delivered this memorable call to arms -

What General Weygand called the Battle for France is over. I expect the Battle of Britain is about to begin.

Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilisation. Upon it depends our own British life and the long continuity of our institutions and our Empire.

The whole fury and might of the enemy must very soon be turned on us. Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war.

If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free, and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands; but if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, and all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new dark age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of a perverted science.

Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duty and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and Commonwealth last for a thousand years men will still say, "This was their finest hour."

Let us, historians, look about us, and remember what might have been. Let us, as historians, never forget.
From a commemorative set of Victory stamps ~

THIS MONTH 60 YEARS AGO

The dome of St Paul's Cathedral amid the swirling smoke and fire and above Churchill's words, now the epitaph of the Battle of Britain pilots of Fighter Command: "THIS WAS THEIR FINEST HOUR".




A FAMILY STORY

Our readership is bound together by a shared reverence for history and by strong sentiment about the family, that institution whose value is the strength it gives society. But we live in an age in which history is devalued (especially, although only recently, by Britain's political leaders, who seek actively to cultivate their image of "Cool Britannia" as one divorced from our past), and in which the family and its ties have been demoted to the status of "one of a range of alternative lifestyles".

In Britain a rabbi asked a question that gives cause to ponder.

An Italian businessmen and his Portuguese wife already had two children, both through surrogacy. They decided to have a third, one that would be male, tall, athletic, and blond.

They went to an agency in Denmark who found them a suitable sperm donor in the United States and an egg donor and a surrogate mother in Britain. The surrogacy was performed in a surgery in Athens, but after 21 weeks they discovered that the boy they had ordered was actually twin girls.

The couple demanded an abortion, but the surrogate mother refused. Instead she waited until the twins were born and then looked for a family to adopt them. She eventually found a couple living in Hollywood, two lesbians with full time career jobs, and the babies are now raised by a nanny from Puerto Rico.

Now I ask a very simple question. What are those children if not commodities who have been produced to order, to a specification, and then traded across the world? Is that what human life will come to? Who are the parents of those children?

Who are the parents of those children? Who is their family?



RUSSIA'S EGALITARIAN SOCIETY

Of course, not everything is ultramodern. Even in Russia's brave new egalitarian world there are symptoms of the survival of an ancient way of life, one that Genghis Khan might have recognised.

Anna Provorova was arranging the annual dance at her school but had no video camera to film the event. Accordingly, she followed the example of thousands of other Russians by writing to the president for help. On behalf of her classmates, she asked Mr Putin for a camcorder and invited him to attend the dance, promising: "You will have a great time. We shall feed you pies."

Unfortunately, although her letter was otherwise perfect, she broke two rules of formal Russian correspondence: she forgot to place an exclamation mark after the salutation, and wrote "you" without its capital letter. ("Esteemed Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin!" is what was expected.) The Kremlin staff who received the request returned it to the local authorities, where officials decided the Russian head of state had been gravely insulted.
Inspectors arrived at Anna's village school to identify the girl who had written in the name of the "11th grade students of Vorobyovo". They demanded that Anna be denied the leaver's silver medal recommended by her headmistress, and then they revised her algebra and essay marks downwards.

Her new exam results prevent her going to medical school, and she is condemned to move on to the local dairy institute for her higher education. The other pupils were reprimanded for their "civil immaturity and lack of responsibility".



EGALITARIANISM IN ENGLAND

Education is so very different in England. The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Britain's principal finance minister) recently accused Oxford University of denying entry to a talented girl because she did not fit the strictly élite profile that was demanded. She was a product of the state education system and came from a relatively "economically deprived region" of the country. She spoke with the "wrong accent" but had "brilliant" pre-entry examination results. She was denied a place that was then "given instead to a privately educated candidate" (from a rich family, of course).

Egalitarianism in England, for the present Labour Government, is anti-élitism, a fashionable and infectious sickness that destroys mental balance and distorts moral perspectives. The girl was one of a large number seeking one of five places to read medicine at one specific college. She failed the interview even though the panel's notes included a comment that allowance should be made for the disadvantage of her state education (a comment that was later interpreted by another minister as evidence of prejudice). Of the five successful candidates two were from private education, three from the state sector. The girl was offered a place to read biochemistry at the college, but she turned this down in favour of the offer of a scholarship to Harvard. And her "brilliant" pre-entry examination results existed only in the prejudiced imagination of the political agenda that prompted the accusation, for she had not yet taken those examinations.
Such ridiculous incidents are typical of the British Government's obsession with class distinctions, but one would assume that after such a blunder ministers would let a little time elapse before the next. One would be wrong. Baroness Jay leads the Government in the House of Lords and holds additionally the post of Minister for Women. She is the daughter of Lord Callaghan, formerly, as Jim Callaghan, the Labour Prime Minister who succeeded Harold Wilson (later Baron Wilson of Rievaulx). She was educated at Blackheath High School in London and at Somerville College, Oxford. So she belongs to an élite (and, as she is a fervent Labour idealist, she likes to pretend she does not).
In the debate that followed the Government's foolishness over the Oxford admissions policy, Lady Jay announced that she attended "a pretty standard sort of grammar school" and compounded the folly. Lady Jay actually was educated at a direct grant grammar school, an establishment a long way indeed from the "standard". Grammar schools of the "pretty standard sort" belong to the state sector of England's education system. Her direct grant grammar school was a fee-paying school with an independent governing board and superior standards of education. The difference between the two types of grammar school in Lady Jay's time was immense, so immense that it seems now advisable to her to distort the truth.
Egalitarianism can never survive in Britain, for wherever it is tried it is based on untruths, and especially so under Britain's present political leadership. (And as for the hereditary principles that Lady Jay has done so much to fight in the House of Lords ~ North Korea and Syria, Kim Jong-il and Bashar al-Assad, have shown she is not the only Socialist to benefit from what she professes most to abhor.)


NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH

The release of Mel Gibson's new movie has prompted discussion on his earlier travesty, the life and death of Sir William Wallace of Elderslie, Guardian of Scotland, an account he described in a press release as "authentic". Historians often have to tackle unpleasant subjects, among which torture and execution surface regularly, but Gibson actually succeeded in transforming the judicial murder of Wallace into a sad joke that diminished a very serious subject. A return to the BARONAGE pages where this is examined initiated argument about decapitation and its effect on the victim's head. Squeamish readers should now skip to the next article.

Is death instantaneous? The popular, unconsidered belief tends to hold that it is, but we have learned that medical opinion is to the contrary. After its blood supply is cut off, the brain remains conscious for up to two minutes. To test this, it is said, some of those manning the guillotine during the Terror asked the condemned to wink at them if they still felt anything after the cut, but no evidence of the success of such enquiry is on record.

However, a policeman in Saudi Arabia reports it to be inadvisable to pick up severed heads too soon. They have been known to bite.



LORDS OF THE MANOR ~ 1

Why do people buy manorial titles? Some, we know, hope to be seen as genuine lords and be given the best tables in restaurants, and be upgraded on airlines, and be invited to Buckingham Palace.

Others do so because they have a genuine love of history and wish to use their lordship to preserve ancient documents and perhaps even ancient rights.

And others? Well, this advertisement appeared recently in one of the Sunday newspapers in England ~

LORD of the Manor seeks lovely petite lady, 22-34, for loving & lavish lifestyle. London or Kent. Please reply to Box 3918.



LORDS OF THE MANOR ~ 2

A cautionary note from a customer ~

Since I purchased my "title" from ***** ******, I have had nothing but trouble. If it did not cost hundreds of pounds to get rid of the damned thing I would do so. You should also warn people of the problems that come about through gaining a title in this way. I know that I have been a fool, and my motives, at best, were questionable, but I hope that you can warn others to not go through what I have done through buying a "title". It is not worth it.

And what did he mean by "nothing but trouble"? Well, his reception at work was sufficiently harsh to give him a nervous breakdown as a result of which he lost his job, and as a result of which he failed to keep his next job, as a result of which he could not pay his mortgage, as a result of which he lost his house, as a result of which he is now too ill to do any work and is still unemployed.
He ended his e-mail letter with ~

If I can help in any way by giving more details about the problems of purchasing a title and the negative response this incurs please do not hesitate in contacting me.




LORDS OF THE MANOR ~ 3

And so to an update on our exposure of the feudal title scams ~

***** ****** Ltd, ??????? ????? ?????? Ltd, and ¶¶¶¶¶ ¶¶¶¶¶¶ (not Ltd) are still in the business of selling registered trademarks as "noble titles" which, their electronic brochures promise, entitle their purchasers to style themselves "Lord" and "Lady" (to the benefit of their social lives and business relationships).

Their successful threats to our craven ISP (whose management would not call their bluff) disrupted the Baronage operation for seven weeks, but we now have a new ISP which doubtless will be guided by the failure of the complainants to sue The Baronage Press.
During the period of disruption the owner of ***** ****** Ltd, the principal involved (the other companies are effectively agents), asked the Editor to reconsider his views if the particulars given on the website were rewritten. This the Editor agreed to do, but when he reviewed the amended text he found that none of the minor changes makes any significant difference at all. The "titles" are still trademarks and their purchasers are still advised that they are truly "Lords and Ladies".
The latest development is the launch of a new website dedicated to attacking the BARONAGE magazine as a scam (for it is not worth the subscription fees (!!!) its readers pay for its newsletter ~ this one, The FEUDAL HERALD), and to accusing the Editor of being a criminal who, on account of earlier fraudulent activities, has been banned from holding company directorships.

Desperate men are attracted to desperate measures.

(For new readers who may be puzzled by this conflict we should add that holding the Lordship of a Manor accords no rank or title, and that these merchants are selling registered trademarks under the camouflage of manorial lordships.)

In the current magazine we give an example of a Peerage title offered for sale.


SUPPORT WELCOMED - 1

We ask FEUDAL HERALD readers to forward this newsletter to as many of their friends and colleagues as they believe might be interested in this subject, or even in just free speech and the preservation of fair comment, with the request that they in turn should forward it to their friends and colleagues. If one punter has his money saved by this, it will be worth the effort, but it will also be useful to spread the message as far around the Internet as possible, the message that buying "titles" from these Internet merchants can create a lot of misery.


SUPPORT WELCOMED - 2

The shutdown has emphasised the value of having readers subscribe to this newsletter. We have learned that many find the presence of THE FEUDAL HERALD on the website in HTML renders the plain text e-mail version unnecessary, but over a thousand of you still prefer to receive it (from the 4,000 per week who visit the website). As we intend to continue the campaign against the merchants exploiting so scandalously the wide interest in genealogy, heraldry, peerage and chivalry, BARONAGE may be interrupted again. We hope that next time we shall be able to reach more of you directly to explain the nature of the problem. So, if you are not already a subscriber, do please join our regular readers.

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