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SCA in a Parade: An Experience

admin on September 2nd, 2008

Yesterday, being Labor Day, there was a parade in my town with various organizations, schools, groups, and other people in the parade to entertain the locals. When I was in high school I walked in the parade with the group I was in then. Being in the SCA now I found out they march every year to promote the organization, help recruit, and just kind of show off. We also have a demonstration after the parade for people to come and see what we are about. I decided to march in the parade with the group.

Anyone who wants to march is allowed. There are armored combat fighters who stop every once in while to battle each other to applause and cheers. I didn’t actually count but we had 5-6 fighters. They are in full gear like when they really fight, because they are hitting almost as hard as during actual combat. The only difference here is that all the shots are arm, shoulder, and body since no one is going to die and leg shots are not allowed so everyone can still walk.

We also had one archer, one of the comedic actors, one boffer fighter in full gear, one boffer carrying a sword only, a few children in garb, one gentleman in garb and several ladies in garb. The gentleman and one of the ladies in garb had pamphlets to hand out to those who seemed interested in what we were wearing or did while we marched. We also had a banner to show off who we were. It was a generic SCA banner that did say Society for Creative Anachronism. I helped carry the banner by choice. I had decided previously I wasn’t going to try and fight and walk.

It was hot and miserable; even in short sleeves and thin material. It wasn’t a light color, unfortunately, but I don’t own many in light colors yet. Of course most people were wearing long sleeves so they weren’t any better off than me. We try to keep up with the cars in front of us, which was the group in front of us. We did ok for a while, but when we got up to where they announced each group, somehow they got ahead of us by a lot. And we ended up very spread out as well from the fighters stopping to fight. The announcers also said anachronism wrong. I think we should tell them how to pronounce it prior. Some people applauded as we walked. Probably those that know what we are about already. At one point I heard a bunch of little kids point at the fighters and say “Look Knights”. I had to laugh since not all fighters are.

At the end we all were hot, sweaty, and grateful for the water that had been hidden in the wagon which was pulled along by someone. We all drank to cool off and were sprayed with water bottles as well. Then we made the short trek back to where the demo location was going to be a little later. It was a fun experience I will definitely do again. Unfortunately there are not any pictures yet but once I have some, I will post them.

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1) Hithe (n.) – A small port; a wharf.

For now is Culham /hithe/ i-com to an ende,
An al the contre the better, and no man the worse.

– Lelandi Itinerarium

Pronunciation: /hiT@/

2) Stum (n.) – Strong new wine, used for strengthening weak liquor.
According to Howell, stooming wine was effected by putting herbs and
infusions into it.

There strength of fancy, to it sweetness joynes,
Unmixt with water, nor /stum’d/ with strong lines.

– Brome’s Songs, 1661

Then to the Queen, let the next advance,
With all loyal lads of true English race;
That scorn the /stum’d/ notion of Spain and France.

– Songs of the London Prentices

Pronunciation: /stum/

3) Dwale (n.) – The night-shade. It is highly narcotic, and hence used
to express a lethargic disease.

Whenne Joseph had tolde this tale,
Thei fel as thei had dronken /dwale/,
Grovelynge doun on erthe plat.

– Cursor Mundi, MS. Coll. Trin. Cantab.

Pronunciation: /dwAl@/

4) Lingel (n.) – A shoemaker’s thread.

The cobler of Caunterburie, armed with his aul,
his /lingel/, and his last, presents himselfe a judiciall
censor of other mens writinges.

– The Cobler of Caunterburie, 1590

Pronunciation: /lingEl/

5) Brigantayle (n.) – Bringandine, an extremely pliable kind of armour,
consisting of small plates of iron sewn upon quilted linen or leather.

Of armis or of /brigantayle/,
Stood nothynge thanne upon batayle.

– Gower, MS. Soc. Antiq. 134

Pronunciation: /brigAntaIl@/

For some reason there wasn’t a word of the day on Friday. So this week we only get 4 new words to learn.

1) Peat (n.) – A delicate person.

A citizen and his wife the other day
Both riding on one horse, upon the way
I overtook, the wench a pretty peat,
And (by her eye) well fitting for the seat.

– Donne’s Poems

Pronunciation: /pEt/

2) Cendal (n.) – A species of rich thin silken stuff, very highly esteemed.

Her gomfainoun was of cendal Ynde,
Of gold ther were on thre coronne.

– Arthour and Merlin

Pronunciation: /sEndAl/

3) Sclatyre (v.) – To be negligent.

/Sclatyre/ thy clothys bothe schort and syde,
Passyng all mennes syse.

– MS. Cantab. Ff. ii. 38

Pronunciation: /sklAtir@/

4) Drihe (v.) – To endure.

For as me thenketh, I myght /drihe/
Without slepe to waken ever,
So that I scholde noght dissever
Fro hir in whom is al my lyght.

– Gower, MS. Cantab. Ff. i. 6

Pronunciation: /drih@/

Pennsic 2008 Pictures

admin on August 22nd, 2008

Pennsic 3

Pennsic 2

Pennsic 1

1) Plattinde (v.) – Journeying forth.

Of hem ne wolde nevere on dwelle,
That he ne come sone /plattinde/,
Hwo hors ne havede, com gangande.

– Havelok, 2282

Pronunciation: /plAtInd@/
2) Encloyde (adj.) – Hurt in the foot. [Note: “enclowed” is defined as
nailed or riveted]

The hors on woche sche rode was blac,
Alle lene and gallyd on the bac,
And haltyd as he were /encloyede/;
Theroff the womman was anoyede.

– Gower, MS. Cantab. Ff. i. 6

Pronunciation: /EnklOId@/

3) Roune (v.) – To whisper. Sometimes for speech or song in general.
It is occasionally used in its primitive sense, to counsel or consult.

On hys knees he sette hym downe
With the prest for to /roune/.

– MS. Harl. 1701

Pronunciation: /run@/
4) Coarte (v.) – To compel, or force.

Dyves by dethe was straytely /coartid/
Of his lyf to make a sodeyne translacion.

– MS. Laud. 416

Pronunciation: /kOArt@/
5) Slade (n.) – A valley; a ravine; a plain.

It had bene better of William a Trent
To have bene abed ith sorrowe,
Than to be that day in the greenwood /slade/,
To meet with Little Johns arrowe.

– Robin Hood, i. 118

Pronunciation: /slAd@/

1) Slubberdegullion (n.) – A paltry dirty wretch.

Quoth she, although thou hast deserv’d,
Base /slubberdegullion/, to be serv’d
As thou did’st vow to deal with me,
If thou had’st got the victory.

– Hudibras, I, iii 886

Pronunciation: /slubErdEguliOn/

2) Barbel (n.) – A small piece of armour which protects part of the
bassinet. [note that in medieval English cookbooks a “barbel” was a
carp-like freshwater fish of the genus Barbus]

His /barbel/ first adoun he deth,
Withouten colour his neb he seth.

– Gij of Warwike

Pronunciation: /bArbEl/

3) Tailde (adj.) – Carved.

The wardes of the cyte of hefen bryght
I lycken tyl wardes that stalworthly dyght,
And clenely wroght and craftyly /taylde/
Of clene sylver and golde, and enamaylde.

– Hampole, MS. Bowes

Pronunciation: /taIld@/

4) Guzzle (n.) – A drain or ditch. Sometimes a small stream. Called
also a guzzen

This is all one thing as if hee should goe about
to jussle her into some filthy stinking /guzzle/ or

– Whateley’s Bride Bush, 1623

Pronunciation: /guzEl/

5) Lorne (v./adj.) – Lost; undone; destroyed. Still in use, in the
sense of forsaken. Also, to lose anything.

The stewardys lyfe ys /lorne/,
There was fewe that rewyd ther on,
And fewe for hym wepyth.

– MS. Cantab. Ff. ii. 38

Pronunciation: /lOrn@/

Pennsic 37

admin on July 25th, 2008

Today at noon Pennsic 37 will have begun. Most of the fighting happens the second week, not the first, but many people will be gone for the full two weeks anyhow.

This is a GOOD LUCK to the midrealm in the war and especially the Barony of the Flaming Gryphon where many of my fellow fighters will be showing our honor and going for glory.

I thought I would educate everyone on some Middle English vocabulary. I get an email daily from my Barony and find the words interesting. So I will post five of them every week. I have been saving them for seven days so the first one is going to be more education.
You will see the word, description, it used in a sentence along with how wrote the sentence, and how to pronounce it.
1) Deraye (n.) – Confusion; noise. Also a verb, to act as a madman.

He began to make /deraye/,
And to hys felows dud he say.

– MS. Cantab. Ff. ii. 38

Pronunciation: /dEraI/
2) Lele (adj.) – Loyal; faithful; true.

Hir love is ever trewe and /lele/,
Ful swete hit is to monnes hele.

– Cursor Mundi, MS. Coll. Trin. Cantab.

Pronunciation: /lEl@/
3) Deduit (n.) – Pleasure; delight.

In whiche the 3ere hath his /deduit/,
Of gras, of floure, of leef, of frute.

– Gower, MS. Soc. Antiq. 134

Pronunciation: /dEduit/
4) Querele (n.) – A complaint.

Thou lyf, thou luste, thou mannis hele,
Biholde my cuse and my /querele/.

– Gower, MS. Soc. Antiq. 134

Pronunciation: /kuErEl@/
5) Bayard (n.) – Properly a bay horse, but often applied to a horse in

Ther is no God, ther is no lawe
Of whom that he taketh eny hede,
But as /Bayarde/ the blynde stede,
Tille he falle in the diche amidde,
He goth ther no man wol him bidde.

– Gower, MS. Soc. Antiq. 134

Pronunciation: /baIArd/
6) Ysels (n.) – Ashes.

And whenne the heved schalle be waschene,
make lee of haye /ysels/, that was mawene
byfor mysommer day.

– MS. Med. Line.

Pronunciation: /IsEls/
7) Flayre (n.) – Smell; odour.

And alle swete savowres that men may fele
Of alkyn thyng that here saveres wele,
War noght bot styncke to regarde of the /flayre/,
That es in the cyte of hefen so fayre.

– Hampole, MS. Bowes

Pronunciation: /flaIr@/

Pictures From SCA Event Push for Pennsic

admin on July 21st, 2008

Here are some pictures from last weekends SCA event, Push for Pennsic.

Clothes Weaving (Her Majesty the Midrealm Queen is on the right)

a>Clothes Weaving

Clothes Dying

Clothes Dying

This is her Higness the Midrealm Princess with a Falcon


The Baron with his Plastered Face

Baron Plastered

Done Plastering the Baron’s Face (Ian Drake in the purple is a friend of mine)

Plastering 2

Sven Receiving an Award at Court (this is a friend of mine)

Award at Court

Midrealm Court

SCA Fighting in Hot, Humid Weather

admin on July 18th, 2008

I posted once about keeping hydrated in the heat, keeping-hydrated-in-the-heat-in-the-sca.

After fighting outside this past weekend, there is more to this than just keeping hydrated. You have to know your own body as well. If you do not, it is possible you could end up passing out from heat exhaustion and keeping yourself out of fighting for the rest of the day.

Drinking plenty of fluids is one of the key parts to being able to fight in the heat and humidity. But if you have other problems such as diabetes or hypoglycemia, you need to watch your sugar levels as well. I recommend having candy to eat on during the day for those who are hypoglycemic and insulin if you are diabetic.

Pay attention to your body as you move in the heat. You may not notice anything as you are fighting, but when you stop for water, know signs that you are close to a danger zone for yourself. Saturday when we paused for water, I began to feel dizzy. This is a sign to me that I will pass out from the heat and low sugar levels. Thus I ate a candy bar and grapes, drank some water, and sat in the shade to feel better. The coolest part is that when people started hearing how I was feeling, many of them were offering me water, food, their chairs, etc. One of the nice things about people in the SCA, they are friendly.

Don’t push yourself just to keep going. You can do more damage than help. Sit out a few rounds if you want to keep fighting. Take off your gear to cool off your body. Fighter gear is hot no matter what it’s made of nor what you wear underneath it. Even in the winter putting it all on gets hot. This can help cool you down faster so you can get back to fighting faster.

Know when you have hit your limits and stop if need be. If you are not used to fighting in hot weather in all your gear, you may not be able to do it for long. No one will fault you for this because you do have to acclimate your body to SCA fighting in the heat. Stop for the day and try again at the next event or practice. Even in the shade when it is humid it can be too much so don’t just assume that you will be fine if the sun is not shining down. Be smart and you will get to fight longer.