Patronage and Social Interaction (in the Bardic Arts and Elsewhere) Be noble! and the nobleness that lies In other men, sleeping but never dead, Will rise in majesty to meet thine own. James Russell Lowell. 1819-1891.Let us speak first of nobility. What is nobility?
The Noble is in command of their own time and resources, judges himself and his actions by his own standards, and does things to do them well.
The Servant does things to please another, judges himself and his actions by another person's standards, and does things to get them done.
Nobles often also serve. Noble service occurs whenever one volunteers to serve and when one's own standards exceed the expectations of those who one is serving.
Irene says "The Persona is fictional, the nobility is real."
Patronage is ultimately the act of standing in a noble relationship to someone else, an artist, a student, or anyone, and encouraging them to strive for their own nobility.
1) Definitions Bardic Arts Owen's Law Venue Arena etc 2) What a patron did then 3) What a patron does now Time attention and respect Optional (are we talking to bards or everyone)? 4) Typology of performance contexts (venues) in period Heroic-Genealogical Romantic-Courtly Popular-Foolish (Law/History) -- mostly tied to Genealogical Secular vs Sacred performance Sacred: Liturgical and Non-Liturgical Differences of time and space not rigorous (Iceland vs. Provence) 5) How To be a patron find a patron encourage a patron Speaking Well Tropes -- mythic underpinnings of action Enobling behavoir economic vs patronal relationships