Now available at Amazon “Fifty Years of Re-creating the Middle Ages: A history of the Society for Creative Anachronism.” This is not a history of the kingdoms, baronies, households etc. that make up the Current Middle Ages. It’s the history of the organization, the movement and the people who make up the SCA and how it has grown and changed over the years; with a gorgeous cover by Merald Clark (Merowald de Sylveaston). Book by Steven Muhlberger, AKA Duke Finnvarr de Taahe.
Once upon a time there was a scholar who lived in an ivory tower. And in that tower lived many other scholars, who spent their time reading books and writing papers about what some other scholar had said another scholar had said *another* scholar had said they used to do in the Middle Ages.
But the scholar of whom I speak was more fortunate than the rest, for she used to escape from the tower from time to time and go down into the town, where she met many interesting people. And some of these folk belonged to a tribe called “fandom,” and they too read many books and wrote many papers, and they published them in loose journals printed on coarse wood-pulp paper. And the scholar, who had some skill as an artist, drew pictures of knights and ladies and elves and dragons, and these appeared in the wood-pulp paper journals.
And in this tribe were two young men with whom the scholar became acquainted; and they were beautiful young men, one dark and one fair, and both with eyes the color of summer heaven. And on a day the scholar went to visit the young men in their home, and she saw hanging on the wall two bright swords and two well-wrought shields emblazoned with devices of heraldry. And she said, “What do you do with those?”
And the young men replied, “WE FIGHT WITH THEM.” (more…)
Decluttering? Want “backup” copies of your SCA scrolls, photos? Did you know that the University of California Riverside Libraries has created a permanent SCA archival collection?
In September 2011, the SCA announced that the University of California Riverside Libraries will be opening a permanent Society for Creative Anachronism Special Collection and Archive. Melissa Conway, then Head of Special Collections, and Master Aldred von Lechsend aus Froschheim (Charles Alderson), the Society Archivist, were approached by author and former UCR alumnus and Special Collections assistant Daryl Mallett (THL Vallawulf Rurikson) in early 2011 to provide a permanent home for the SCA.
“It made sense,” said Mallett in an interview with KGVY News. “The Eaton Collection is the largest collection of science fiction and fantasy in the world. The SCA’s founder is fantasy writer Diana Paxson and lots of sf/f writers have been part of the SCA over the years. We also have dozens of printing presses and other anachronisms in the collections, as well as hundreds of medieval books and manuscripts and incunabula…” (more…)
Are you new (or new-ish) to the SCA? Been participating 12 months or less? Please consider taking this brief survey to help with future planning for the hospitaler/chatelaine office.
Goldweard of St. Golias, the Kingdom hospitaler for Ansteorra, is conducting a newcomer survey to help with future planning for the hospitaler/chatelaine offices. Please share the following link to the survey with your local email/FB groups. He will publish the results of this survey by June of this year.
The poll can be found here: Newcomer’s Poll
The University of Atlantia has graciously made available a single PDF called “CAPS Symposium Proceedings,” a collection of *most* of the class handouts from the University of Atlantia’s event Cooks and Performers Symposium: CAPS Symposium Proceedings [PDF file] (This document was the one file on the CD that was handed out as the site token.)
This document as a whole and the individual handouts are licensed for reproduction under the Creative Commons ‘Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike International’ License. Please respect the copyright and license of each of these works by reading what these licenses mean here: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/
More information on the event can be found here: http://caps.windmastershill.org/
Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope reports on the SCA Board meeting held in the Debatable Lands on Oct. 24. This is an unofficial report; for the official report, see the Board meeting minutes that will be published at a later date on the SCA Newsletters site.
A quarterly meeting of the SCA’s Board of Directors is much like any other business meeting. The participants wear modern business clothing (some were in suits), they sit at a U-shaped table with the audience forming the fourth side of the square, and they operate under Robert’s Rules of Order with motions proposed, seconded, and approved with a rap of the chairman’s gavel.
Even the topics discussed might not seem out of place in a modern board room: finances, publications, approval of meeting minutes, and changes in procedure took up much of the day. Coffee and tea were served.
Photo by Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope.
The results of the 2015 William Blackfox Awards are in, and the Middle Kingdom had a win and a commendation. The Blackfox Awards honor excellence in print publications across the Society, and this is the Midrealm’s best showing in several years. (more…)