New book about the SCA - The Knights Next Door
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Please forgive me if any of you consider this an intrusion or SPAM.
A new non-fiction book about the SCA, called The Knights Next Door:
Everyday People Living Middle Ages Dreams is now out in both
hardcover and paperback. Details are available at
The Knights Next Door is an overview of the modern medieval
subculture for skeptical outsiders, for excited newcomers and for
veterans of the SCA, who can learn about the people and activities
within the Society they have heard about but never encountered. The
Knights Next Door also might make a good gift for friends and
relatives who wonder just what you do every weekend.
It is my hope that this book will fill in a lot of the blanks for
newcomers to the Current Middle Ages. In addition to following some
veterans of the group, it follows my attempt as a total mundane
newcomer to make sense of this world, it's history and the history of
the Middle Ages. While it can not replace the Known World Handbook,
it is my hope this book will be more helpful to newbies in many ways.
The book contains descriptions of Pennsic, Gulf Wars, a Twelfth
Night, an Atlantian university, a hafla, and Midrealm events Baron
Wars, Northern Oaken War Maneuvers, a Crown Tournament and a
coronation. It also includes my feeble attempts to make armor and
garb and learn to fight, while following a local fighter in his bid
for knighthood and the crown.
Notable figures from across the SCA interviewed for this book include:
Diana Listmaker, host of the first ever SCA event
Frederick of Holland, one of the first event attendees
Henrik of Havn, another of the first event attendees
Jade of Starfall, winner of the most Crown Tournaments in Society
Duchess Elina of Beckenham, author of The Armored Rose
Duke Baldar Langstrider, first King of Trimaris and inventor of
Baldar Blunt arrowheads
Cariadoc of the Bow, Middle Kingdom pioneer who started the Pennsic
Their Graces Andreas Eisfalke and Isabella of York of the East Kingdom
The Clan Tynker, the performing family from The Outlands
Sir Kief av Kierstead, a Lion of Ansteorra
Baron Durr al-jabal
Master Pavel Iosevich, founder of the Calontir Shield Wall
Master Andrixos Seljukroctronis, owner of Calontir Trim
Dame Alys Katherine, longtime head of the Pennsic University
And dozens of Kings, Queens, Knights, Pelicans and Laurels from
across the SCA's Known World, along with many, many others.
Patrick O'Donnell/Mael Patraic mac Domnaill
Author of The Knights Next Door