What is the SCA?
SCA stands for Society for Creative Anachronism. Most people, when asked what the SCA is, will respond that we are a Medieval Recreation Society, but we are actually much more. The SCA is an international non-profit, total participation, medieval recreation / living history organization dedicated to learning, living, and teaching others about the history, customs, combat, and life prior to 1600 C.E. While European personae are the norm, you may play the personae of any person who may have lived during our time period. Our group has people portraying Japanese and Middle Eastern personae, in addition to a healthy smattering of early period Vikings and Celts, late period Elizabethan, and French Renaissance personae.
Recapturing the ambiance of the Middles Ages requires research into such topics as dress, weaponry, armor, jewelry, food; in other words, any facet of life as it was lived. Authenticity is encouraged insofar as modern views on health and safety permit, and members put their research into practice by constructing replica artifacts, practicing historical arts and crafts, learning to fight with sword and shield, and so on.
But more than research and practice, the Society also attempts to embody the ideals of the medieval romances: chivalry, courtesy, honor and graciousness. This is re-creating the Middle Ages as they might have been, adding a note of consideration for others in an often too-indifferent world. (Knowne World Handbook 1992, page 2)
The Barony of Wealdsmere began as a shire of the Kingdom of the West in the Principality of An Tir in 1978, or as recorded in the SCA, Anno Societatus (A.S.) XIII. We seceded from the Kingdom of the West along with the rest of An Tir when it became a Kingdom in its own right in January A.S. XVI (1982). Wealdsmere continued to grow, and in July A.S. XXX (1995). Wealdsmere became a Barony at the coronation of Hwolf Einarsson and Luise die Daverhaft von dem Dammerungstal. It was an event known throughout An Tir as July Toronation (usually July Coronation) because a tornado actually touched ground near the event site, Farragut State Park in Northern Idaho, where we fought against the gale force winds and pouring rain most valiantly!
Our first Baron and Baroness were Balthasar the Quiet and Olivia Visconti. They held the lands of Wealdsmere for the crown of An Tir from A.S. XXX to A.S. XXXIII (1995 to 1998).
When they stepped down, Brandt Sturrock and Kelta Bri Leith took the reins as Wealdsmere’s second Baron and Ban Bheron (Irish Gaelic for Baroness).
In A.S. XXXIX (2004), Their Excellencies Brandt and Kelta passed the coronets to Fergus Sturrock and Renata von Silverhart.
Our fourth Baron and Baroness, Caieth of Umber and Araviere Isobelle Magdaleine de St. Etienne, accepted the barony in A.S. XLII (2007).
In A.S. XLVII (2012), Sir Hanefr Lars Gunnarrson and Her Excellency Kara Bjornsdottir, the fifth Baron and Baroness, stepped forward to hold these lands for the Sable Throne of An Tir.
In A.S. LII (2017) the sixth and current Baron and Baroness, accpted the responsibility and joy of caring for the barony. Sir Osrik Rolfson, and Her Excellency Sigrun Osrikswife.