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The Page'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. With hands clasped (one on top of the other), lower your body down onto one knee.
2. Slide your clasped hands forward to your knee.
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 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, or you loose your balance, rely on good old female expertise to explain your incident.