The Barony of Politarchopolis

The Barony of Politarchopolis

The medieval Society for Creative Anachronism in Canberra, Australia.
Welcome To Our Barony

The Barony of Politarchopolis is a community group in Canberra and the surrounding region devoted to learning medieval skills and enjoying medieval pastimes. We don’t just read about history, we live it!

Fighting, feasting, costuming, crafting, music, dance… if it was done in pre-17th century Europe, we know someone interested in recreating it.

And not just in the ACT! We’re part of a global organisation called the Society for Creative Anachronism (the SCA), and we’re one of 42 local groups in the Australia/New Zealand chapter: the Kingdom of Lochac.

Want to get involved?

New people are always welcome at our Regular Meetings, so feel free to come along any time and meet some of our members. You can also check out our events calendar on the right to see if we have any costumed events coming up.

To keep in touch with us about ongoing activities, consider joining our Baronial Mailing List, the Kingdom event announcements Mailing List, or Facebook Group. If you want to learn more about us first, you can check out our Facebook Page, explore this website, or contact our Hospitaller (Recruitment Officer) at polit.hospitaller@gmail.com.

 

Our Period of Interest

Officially, the SCA is concerned with medieval and Renaissance Europe, with a cut-off date of 1600 AD. Functionally, our members stretch the boundaries of that pretty often. Our nebulous start date of ‘the early middle ages’ gets extended backwards to accommodate people with an interest in ancient Greece and Rome. Our definite end date of ‘1600 AD’ gets waived now and then to take advantage of primary sources from the early seventeenth century. Our broad region of ‘Europe’ (which is a post-medieval concept anyway) has its borders expanded to include cultures that had contact with Europe during our period, including Persia, Mongolia, Japan, and others. Essentially, we define our area of interest not by its boundaries, but by its central point.

Authenticity

We think that it’s interesting and valuable to try to recreate parts of the Middle Ages in an ‘authentic’ way (i.e. based on archaeological and historical evidence), but at the same time, we’re willing to make a lot of compromises because of the other things we value:

Safety (using non-metal weapons in armoured combat, refrigerating food, having hand sanitiser at camping events)

Inclusion (religion is not incorporated into our ceremonies, people of all genders participate in combat activities)

Accessibility (food tailored to dietary requirements, out-of-period mobility aids are always welcome, cheap modern tents are common)

Hospitality (first attempts are accepted and encouraged, even if they aren’t accurate)

Diverse interests (our events always have people with outfits from different times and places mingling together)

Our own traditions (choosing monarchs with a tournament, our own system of titles)

Everyone has different levels of authenticity that they strive for, but we believe that historical accuracy should not be a barrier to participation. If you’re not sure whether something is ‘medieval enough’ for our events, you’re always welcome to ask, in person or by emailing our Newcomers’ Officer at polit.hospitaller@gmail.com

Regular Activities

Arts and Crafts
In the SCA, we group all non-combat skills and knowledge under the very broad heading of 'Arts & Sciences' (commonly referred to as A&S). What...
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Armoured Combat
Also called 'heavy fighting', this is exactly what comes to mind when you think of a medieval knight. Our combatants wear a mixture of chain-mail,...
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Renaissance Fencing
Those unsophisticated brutes clanking around in plate armour aren't your style - you'd rather be Zorro, or Inigo Montoya! (Or maybe you want to do...
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Fab Friday
Once a month the Barony of Politarchopolis opens the hall for an evening of merriment. Will you come down and work on a project with...
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Archery
Sword-fighting is all very well, but you've always fancied yourself more of a Robin Hood type. Well, you've come to the right place! Archery is...
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Dance
Every week we have a class where we do the dances of 15th and 16th Century Europe, which we know about from Italian, French and...
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Upcoming Events

Fields of Gold
Fields of Gold is a weekend of tournaments and feast. With the glorious addition of a Baronial Investiture for Politarchopolis. There will be tournaments in...
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Ready to Join?

You’ve been to a class, workshop, training, or perhaps one of our fantastic events and now you’re ready to join the society. You won’t have to sign all those extra forms either!

Make your way to the Lochac website for membership registry and follow the instructions for a new member. If you’re an existing member you can update your membership here too.