Madeleine Delacroix wrote:
> Greetings all,
> A question has come up and since I can't get a actual answer from
> those around me, I am going to ask here. I was under the impression
> that the play dates were 600-1600, and yet I see Romans and Cavaliers,
> which are pre and post those years. I don't want to tell a newcomer
> the wrong thing, so what is it??? Or is it what they want to be within
Ah, this ever-awkward question.
According to the SCA's governing documents, there are essentially two
definitions of "period". One is that we are devoted to the "study of
the Middle Ages and Renaissance" and the other is that we "recreate
aspects of the life and culture of the landed nobility in Europe prior
to 1600 CE." So, essentially, the end date quite firm (1600), but the
start date isn't defined. The start date isn't defined by the the SCA
Inc., but various dates have been proposed as being a reasonable start
date for the Medieval period; in the SCA context, the most popular start
dates proposed are probably The Fall of Rome (5th century), 600AD (for a
nice round number), and the accession of Charlemagne in 768AD (my
personal preference), but none of those is endorsed by the SCA as such.
So, as for the Romans and the Cavaliers. Late Empire Romans could
possibly fit within a *very* liberal definition of Medieval, and aren't
prohibited by a start date as such. Cavaliers, on the other hand, are
out of scope.
Antonia di Benedetto Calvo
Habeo metrum - musicamque,
hominem meam. Expectat alium quid?