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The Noble's Bow

A bow is bending the head or body in respect.
Members of Warwick, like many throughout history, use the bow to show of honor and respect.

A bow begins from a standing position, not a slouch. Remember that it is a paying of homage. It should be performed with confidence and gracefulness. The following steps describe the operation of gentlemen and ladies bows.

If a gentleman is wearing a hat, he should obligingly, cordially remove it. At court, gloves should be removed before the bow. Historically, wearing gloves before the Crown was considered an insult.

1. Lower your right arm down & across your stomach ending with your elbow on right side of stomach & hand on the left side in a straight horizontal position (if you are wearing a hat, it should be taken in your right hand and used as part of your bow).  
2. Lower your body forward but not too far.
3. Your head should be tilted forward with eyes focused on the floor.
4. Remain in a bow until you are recognized verbally, or the noble has continued past you.

Ladies bow in curtsy form; done with steadiness and confidence, it can look quite regal.

1. Gently grasp the outer edge of your dress with each hand.
2. While still holding your dress, lower your body down almost to one knee. This may require practice in order to achieve a balance.
3. Your head should be tilted forward and your eyes focused on the floor.
4. Remain in a bow until you are recognized verbally, the noble has continued past you.