The Newcomers Guide to Insulae Draconis

Welcome to these current middle Ages!

 What you need to know:

Insulae Draconis is the name given to an umbrella of groups of people interested in practical history research of the Middle Ages. We are part of a greater organisation, the Society for Creative Anachronism, which is a worldwide Society. Insulae Draconis is a Principality - that it it was its own Prince and Princess - that administratively leads groups based in England, Iceland, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. These smaller groups are called Shires or Colleges and there are many dotted around the Isles. (Insulae Draconis means "Dragon Isles") We, in turn, are one Principality in a Kingdom, The Kingdom of Drachenwald which covers most of Europe and South Africa.

The SCA is a practical history society, we have members interested in all aspects of recreating the arts and skills of pre-17th century Europe, be it combat skills, astronomy, brewing, dancing, costuming feasting, calligraphy or one of many, many more skills. We are family friendly and hold practices in armoured combat, rapier combat, archery and meet up to work on various arts and sciences, like armouring, metal casting, illlumination and more. We cover many cultures and time periods, and don't restrict our members to any one area, Vikings mingle freely with 16th Venetian ladies, and swap skills and stories. We work with the idea of selecting a persona to research; some go for a general "medieval" and don't get too worried about the details while others lovingly craft an entire identity with time appropriate clothes, accessories, weapons, household goods and skillsets.

Events are held all over the Principality, some will be local to you, some might be held in another Shire, or even across the sea. These events are a great way to meet people interested in the same things you are and you can experience tournaments, royal courts, feasts, and medieval entertainments. Events can be run over the course of a day (revels), a weekend and we even have a ten day camping event in Wales at Raglan Castle. Chances are you will start off by being in closest contact with your local group (Shire or College), local groups are where you should be able to get to practices, meetups and locally run events. Check the events page for more details