In Pine, By Jove, The Knights Take Up Arms And Do Battle

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Passersby watching knights battle one another in armed combat might have thought they were locked in a pre-17th century time warp.

But what they witnessed last weekend at the Pine-Strawberry Senior Center was a re-enactment of the arts and skills of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The events were hosted in Pine by the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA).

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The weekend in Pine was filled with the sounds of swordplay as members of the Society for Creative Anachronism reenacted scenes from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

During the two days the group was in Pine, about 50 SCA members wore clothing of the Middle Ages, participated in tournaments, attended workshops, danced and feasted.

Almost all the weekend activities were taken in by onlookers curious to see the elaborate re-creations hosted by the living history group.

Drivers on the Beeline Highway pulled over and stopped long enough to enjoy the looks, sounds and heraldry of the battles involving the medieval monarchs.

The popular armed combat competitions featured armored knights swinging swords and maces, while defending themselves with hand-held shields.

One knight, whacking away with his sword, uttered through his face shield that he was fighting for the right to declare his lady the fairest in all the land.

During weekend events like the one held in Pine, SCA members create fictional characters known as their persona.

For a weekend, they become that persona. Some members research particular historical times and places to create the persona.

No member, however, is allowed to take on the persona of a historical person like Robin Hood, Julius Caesar or Elizabeth Tudor.

Upcoming SCA events include a Known World Dance Symposium this summer in Seattle, and re-creations of five wars that will be held across the United States.

SCA roots can be traced to a mid-1960s graduation party of University of California medieval studies students. Participants dressed in costumes and met in a fencing tournament they called a "protest to the 20th century."

Later when the loose-knit organization needed a moniker, the name "Society for Creative Anachronism" was coined by author Marion Zimmer Bradley.

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