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Living the Lessons of the SCA (After the First Cup of Coffee)

By Sir Guillaume de la Belgique (©2002 Scott Farrell) One of the most difficult parts of being in the SCA comes on Monday morning, when it’s time to put the cloaks and bodices back in the closet, clear the armor out of the car (although some fighters don’t bother to do that; they just drive […]

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A Challenging Proposal (one of Guillaume’s most famous articles)

By Sir Guillaume de la Belgique (©2003 Scott Farrell) I was in my pavilion at the last tournament when Felinah, after fighting about 1,300 challenge fights, sat down next to me with sweat actually dripping out of the ends of her hair, and said, “I’m exhausted! I had to turn away those last five fighters […]

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Halloween Customs from the Discount Shelf of Erin’s Aisle (Medieval Irish Folklore of All Hallow’s Eve)

By Sir Guillaume de la Belgique (©2003 Scott Farrell) The sun is slipping towards the horizon a mite earlier these days, the night wind has a chill nip to it and there’s the pungent scent of cow manure on the breeze. All of that likely means the days of autumn and harvest tide are upon […]

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Some Knights To Remember (Chivalric Literature for the Common Fighter)

By Sir Guillaume de la Belgique (©2003 Scott Farrell) Recently, Felinah and I were having dinner with Baroness Kyriath. While dinner discussions between the three of us — and by “three of us” I mean “Felinah and Kyriath” — often involve subjects like “blood-sucking insects,” “medieval torture instruments,” or “parasitic diseases of the brain,” this […]

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A Fighter’s Guide to the Arts (or, Flying Buttresses and Flaming Goldfish)

By Sir Guillaume de la Belgique (©2003 Scott Farrell) Throughout the Middle Ages, knights and warriors were seen as thuggish, tax-collecting morons who did nothing but consume huge quantities of meat and expel various bodily gasses in between tournaments and wars. This perception was prevalent among the serfs and vassals, who generally kept such views […]

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Happy New Year — Viking Style! (Or: Party Hats at the End of the World)

By Sir Guillaume de la Belgique (©2004 Scott Farrell) Daily life in the Middle Ages was fraught all sorts of dangers — disease, injuries, rabid wolves, windburn, disco music, chupacabras, waxy yellow build-up, and bunions, just to name a few. Fortunately, with the help and encouragement of the medieval church, the people were able to […]

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An American Knight in an English Castle (Or: Battles, Seiges and a Drip in the Loo)

By Sir Guillaume de la Belgique (©2004 Scott Farrell) For nearly 20 years I have been a part of the Current Middle Ages. During that time, however, my only contact with the actual, historical Middle Ages has been watching the motion picture “The Warlord” starring Charlton Heston, who, as you know, began his acting career […]

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Real Knights — Real Chivalry (Or: If They Were So Genteel, How Come They Had Swords?)

Reprinted from the Summer, AS XXXIX edition of the Ars Caidis. Back issues are available on the publication’s webpage – contact the editor for details. Note: Number links in the text will pop up a box with a corresponding footnote. Extra note for fighters: “Footnotes” provide details about the book or article that the noted […]

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The Screwtape Missives, Part X

by Viscount Sir Galen of Bristol ©2004, Paul T. Mitchell, This work may not be reproduced in any form, written or electronic, without the permission of the author. Memoramdum TO: All Apprentice & Journeyman level tempters, shades, devils and demons FROM: His Abysmal Sublimity Undersecretary Screwtape, Underseer for English-Speaking Regions DATE: 75th day, 13th period, […]

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The Screwtape Missives, Part IX

by Viscount Sir Galen of Bristol ©2004, Paul T. Mitchell, This work may not be reproduced in any form, written or electronic, without the permission of the author. My Dear Wormwood, So it has come about as I have predicted. Your man has completed the probation Count Gray put on him, and is now a […]

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