Alana Bennett - Essay on the Society for Creative Anachronism

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Alana Bennett - Essay on the Society for Creative Anachronism


Alana Bennett, Andrew Lynch, Aneala Barony, chivalry, costume, Eglinton Tournament, ENGL2238, entertainment, essay, fantasy, fighting, imagined community, J. R. R. Tolkein, Last Tournament, ‘Living history’, medieval names, medievalism, medievalist space, pageantry, postmodernism, recreation, re-creation, re-enactment, romanticised medievalism, SCA, Society for Creative Anachronism, student essay, The Medieval in the Modern World, The University of Western Australia, tournament, WA, Western Australia


A student essay on the Society for Creative Anachronism submitted by Alana Bennett 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. The author traces the origins and objectives of the SCA as a ‘Living History’ group, and discusses particularly the different levels on which the group operates. She draws a distinction between the recreational aspect of the Society’s activities on the one hand, in the sense that they provides entertainment and create a ‘joint fantasy’ amongst individuals with similar interests, and the ‘re-creational ’ aspect of its medievalism on the other, in which they “reconstruct a semblance of the Middle Ages through material culture and romanticised values systems”.

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


Bennett, Alana




This work is © Alana Bennett. Under no circumstance is this work to be republished without the express written permission of the author. To cite this work: Alana Bennett: ‘The Society for Creative Anachronism’, 2011,


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