Welcome to the current Middle Ages… how may we help you? if you point your Web browser in the direction of the Society for Creative Anachronism’s (not to be confused with anarchism please, someone has already made that mistake at least once with interesting results) web page that is the first thing you will see, slightly underneath this is:
“The SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Our “Known World” consists of 19 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events which feature tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing, various classes & workshops, and more,” we are a diverse lot in the with all manner of Mundane (real-life) jobs which may or may not surprise people upon hearing about it because it may seem entirely at odds with the person they know.
Some of us are lawyers, some of us doctors; some of us see four walls of a cubicle throughout the week, but look the morning break on the day of an event and we are apt to become entirely different people. We speak an entirely different accents, answer to different names, a few of us even don blue face paint though if you must be in court on Monday make sure it is water soluble.
So why write a blog about it? Talk to anybody who has been in the SCA from the start (circa 1970) and you will most likely hear “The Dream” mentioned at some point. History tells us that the Middle Ages were hard, depressing times in which to live and at times indeed they were, but the SCA generally focuses on more positive aspects of the time. Almost anybody can find something to do an event and a helping hand is always appreciated no matter what the age, I’ve seen kids as young as four putting unlit tapers in holders before a feast, and usually at a large event as much as half of the servers aren’t over eighteen One of the things I like most about it is that contributions of children aren’t overlooked because of their age. It takes a while to earn the right to be called Lord or Lady as a formal title rather than as a mere courtesy, yet I know of a few people who have carried that privilege since the age of ten, no joke.
The SCA like so many other organizations remind people to be the best person they can be and we all need that every now and then.