As a member of the Society of Creative Anachronism, I am sometimes known as Predslava Vydrina, hailing from the 13th century city of Novgorod.

I haven’t been active in the SCA in a long time — RL (TM) having intruded, but I haven’t stopped considering myself part of the game.

This collection of amusing articles was first created as a series of articles for the Bear Necessities, the newsletter of the Barony of Bjornsborg. They are not meant to be scholarly research, they were written for my own, and my readers’, amusement, as a starting-point for actual research, and as a caveat to not take assumptions for granted.

The period of interest of the SCA stretches from the late Roman Empire to roughly 1550, and to lands that may theoretically have had contact with Western Europe during that period. Anachronism achieves its full significance at SCA events.

But that also means that the familiar images and representations of the middle ages (the core of the SCA‘s focus) apply only to a small portion of its “world” — and even then, only inasmuch as what we know are artistic and imaginary reflections of historical facts.

How, then, does the Russia of the SCA time-span compare to other places? Or does it? The articles here will mostly tell you how it does not.