November 4th, 1998
It’s not unusual to find mention of the SCA in the newspaper. This particular article has seen better days. The newspaper is falling to pieces with time and so to preserve it in our history the contents of the article will be presented here.
Original Author: Nicole Sterghos Brochu
Ye Modern Days of Olde
Her name is Bev Kaufman, a computer programmer by trade a history buff at heart.
But her friends call her Lady Sanchia the Sly, known hither and yon as a “simple peasant girl” and a Saxon serf who swears allegiance to King Stephen, as all loyal denizens of York should.
That’s York, as in England, and King Stephen, as in 12th century or so.
No, this Sunrise resident is no Shakespearean actor. She’s just a devotee of the Society for Creative Anachronism, a group that boasts 80,000 followers worldwide who revel in re-creating the age of chivalry and valor, of knights and damsels, when a lady’s honor was worth fighting for and the home brewed mead was to die for.
And they’re serious about their recreation, spending hours in the library researching, the authenticity of their creations.
That means that in their spare time they don intricately designed surcoats bearing their coat of arms, eat cinnamon flavored beef, craft their own jewelry, forge their own fighting helmets, and adopt codes of honor on the battlefield.
But often their most prized creation is the persona they craft for themselves.
Kaufman has spent years perfecting her story of a poor serf girl whose father was freed. She comes into some land and has some political aspirations. But then, Kaufman says she thinks better of it.
“I wanted to be involved in the political intrigue of the court but it didn’t happen that way because I realized I was just a simple peasant girl.” says Kaufman, 49
Sanchia the Sly may be simple, but is she as crafty as her medieval name suggests?
“I chose it because it’s everything I’m not,” she says from her perch at a Dreher Park picnic table in West Palm Beach one recent Saturday. “You often take a persona that is something you want to be.”
Call it creative license. That’s what creative anachronism is all about.
You won’t find maggot ridden meat, the Black Death or thieving beggars in these idealized days of yore. But you will find some conveniences lacking even in King Arthur’s Camelot. Like air conditioning and indoor plumbing, microwaves and stoves, even Velcro, and, oh yes, the Internet.
That’s how Burt Dewitt, 29, a Plantation car salesman and volunteer firefighter, discovered the SCA — through a chat room. He then jumped on the SCA Web page and discovered that many members have their own pages.
Why do those simulating such a simplistic era use such technologically advanced equipment?
“It helps us communicate,” is the simple response from DeWitt, known to his anachronistic counterparts as Coifan MacCoilin.Text Cont. In Picture Below.