Pop Medieval Ep 16: A Beginner’s Guide to the SCA

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Pop Medieval Ep 16: A Beginner's Guide to the SCA

In this episode, Doc introduces a skeptical but curious Nina to the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), a non-profit organization devoted to the research, study, and re-creation of medieval and renaissance art, skills, combat, and culture.

Doc discusses his history with the SCA and dispels a few misconceptions about the organization (namely, it’s not LARPing and the weapons are not Styrofoam). He talks about how members choose their personas, their crafts, and use the barter system to pay for goods and services. It’s incredibly nerdy, incredibly fun, and will turn the most dubious of skeptics (Nina) into excited neophytes!

Show Notes

Don’t take our word for it! Visit the SCA website and look up an event near you! (https://www.sca.org/)

Nina’s Recommendations

The Pyramid Collection (https://www.pyramidcollection.com/)

Nova Roma (http://www.novaroma.org/nr/Main_Page)

Doc’s Recommendations

“Formal Combats in the Fourteenth Century” by Steve Muhlberger (https://www.books2read.com/u/mV75pM)

Doc’s blog post “An Outsider’s View of the SCA” from 2007 on the Unlocked Wordhoard (http://unlocked-wordhoard.blogspot.com/2007/10/outsiders-view-of-sca.html)

Have a recommendation for us? Send Doc and Nina an email at podcast at profawesome dot com!