Society for Creative Anachronism

We recently started a study unit about the middle ages. My son became instantly fascinated by the weapons used at that time. He had so many questions! After exhausting our library, I did some research to find out if there were any experts in our area who could share more information with us about medieval weaponry. A local blacksmith suggested we check out the local SCA group.

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international educational organization devoted to the study and recreation of all aspects of medieval life from pre 17th century Europe.

For the last 35 years, the SCA has been researching and recreating the arts and skills of that time. The SCA has 30,000 members making up the 19 “kingdoms” residing in different countries around the world.

Members dress in medieval and renaissance clothing and attend SCA events which showcase tournaments, melees, arts, workshops, dancing and feasts.  Certain members hold spots in the kingdom’s royal courts.

After visiting with a local group, it became clear to me that the best way to learn history is by living it.just in one visit, my son learned so much. His favorite part was definitely the wooden sword fighting and after talking with  other weapon aficionados. My favorite part was the music.  The drum circle magical. The SCA is a lot of fun and a valuable educational experience for children and adults alike.

Find your local SCA group:

www.sca.org/geography/findsca.html

 

To watch the trailer for an upcoming documentary “This is No Fantasy” based on SCA:

http://vimeo.com/m/26125787

 

Article By Nuria Almeida

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