The Order of the Laurel is one of the Peerages, equal in standing with the Orders of the Pelican, Chivalry, and Defense. It is the highest accolade given in the SCA for excellence in the Arts and Sciences. Laurels attempt to inspire others to create beautiful and authentic works by teaching and example.
A laurel wreath has been the symbol of excellence since Ancient Greece, where the wreath was awarded to great scholars, artists, soldiers, and those athletes who won in competitions such as the Olympic Games. Though wreaths are no longer given, the tradition survives to this day: in England, the Queen appoints a Poet Laureate from amongst the foremost poets of the day, a position the poet holds for life. It is also the basis for the Nobel Laureate’s name.
For Laurels who are only with us in spirit see Ansteorran Laurels in Memorium.