Nancy White - Essay on The Society for Creative Anachronism

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Nancy White - Essay on The Society for Creative Anachronism


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A student essay submitted by Nancy White as part of her assessment for ‘ENGL2238: The Medieval in the Modern World’, a second year English unit delivered by Professor Andrew Lynch at The University of Western Australia. In this essay, the author traces the origins, and outlines the principles guiding participation in, the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) - a medieval re-enactment group. She explains the ties of the SCA to Victorian medievalism, and the influence of popular culture through films such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The essay also discusses the research that is invested in the costumes and names chosen by the participants, and the culture of chivalry that underpins the tournaments they host.

With thanks to the author for permission to include a copy of this essay.


White, Nancy




This work is © Nancy White. Under no circumstance is this work to be republished without the express written permission of the author. To cite this work: Nancy White: ‘The Society for Creative Anachronism: Origins, Nature and Cultural Labour of its Medievalism’, 2011,


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