The Academy of Saint Gabriel
The Academy of Saint Gabriel
The Academy is a group of around 50 volunteers who
research medieval names and armory. Our primary purpose is to assist
members of medieval re-enactment groups like the
Society for Creative Anachronism to find
historically accurate medieval names and coats of arms. For more
information, read the Academy Charter.
Unfortunately, our success sometimes overwhelms us and we get far more
questions than we can handle. We'd like to help you all, but we can't always
do that; so we sometimes limit the number of
questions we accept. For those questions we do accept, it generally takes us
two or three months to complete our report.
In the past, we've taken a three month
break each summer. This year, we're trying a
We are not official SCA heralds. We use different (and generally
stricter) criteria than the SCA when we look at names and
armory. If you tell us you are interested in submitting your name or
arms to the SCA College of Arms, then we will warn you of any
registration problems that we notice. However,
even if we say that your idea isn't historical, you might still be able to
pass it. For more information, check out our
If you submit your name or arms in the SCA, you can include Academy reports
in lieu of photocopies of the sources that we've cited. Send the entire
letter (including headers). This has been
approved by the current Laurel Sovereign of
Arms. As a courtesy to the heralds who receive the letter, please
highlight our references to the specific form of the name that you are
submitting. Also, be aware that our opinions are not binding, and we cannot
guarantee that your name will be passed by the College of Arms.
We offer a variety of services. We're oriented primarily to answering
questions from medieval recreationists but we can answer some questions from
other people. Please note that we do not answer questions about tracing
your family arms or
finding your ancestors. Follow
the links for information on those subjects.
Where's My Letter?
If you would like to know whether we received your letter, you can look it up
Search our Past Work
Use this form to search an archive of our past reports, or
it. The search is pretty slow; we're working on a faster version.
We also have an advanced search tool
with more options.
Joining the Academy
Membership in the Academy is completely open to anyone who's interested in
medieval names and armory. There are no requirements, but you'll get at
least 100 email messages a week. If you're interested in joining, or if you
have any questions about the Academy, see our
or send mail to the
list administrator. To date we
have about 60 members; you can look at our roster.
Linking to the Academy
If you'd like to link to the Academy's website, please read
This page maintained by Jim Trigg (known in the SCA as Blaise de Cormeilles),
Last updated 14 May 2007.