One of my friends has gotten me poking around this organization
, which does sound like it could be fun. A problem has been that the standard activity lists tend to leave off the things I would find most interesting, straying close to stuff that would seem like work given what I spend all day doing as a professional historian. However, I was just struck by the notion of storytelling, an idea that has occurred to others
. I think I could get a kick out of being something like a historically authentic version of the Thom Merrilin character from Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time
, weaving my tales for the entertainment of all before twirling my way around the dance floor. Of course, it would take a lot of work.
I wonder, though - how do academic European medievalists regard the SCA? On the surface it seems harmless; however, scholars can be odd people who complain if the armor is wrong in a movie. There are probably several camps on this question.