Lost in Time

Asa Lory

Anachronism. Noun. A thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists, esp. a thing that is conspicuously old-fashioned.

 The Society For Creative Anachronism is an association of people that embody this definition as they strive to recreate anachronistic medieval society. I spent a couple of evenings photographing, learning about, and really just hanging out with the local group.

To the pain:  Aaron Aubuchon (right) and Rob Schuster face off before beginning a mock medieval duel.  Both Aubuchon and Schuster have been fighting for well over a decade, entering contests from St. Louis to Pennsylvania.

Aaron Aubuchon explains medieval fighting styles to newer members of the SCA, reflecting the society’s devotion to the accurate revival of medieval history.  Aubuchon himself was drawn more to the society through study than combat.

A Knight’s Armor:  Aaron Aubuchon’s sword, helmet and gauntlets, handcrafted by a small group of artisans including Aubuchon himself, lay by the wayside while the knight takes a breather.

A Coat of Arms: Aubuchon’s shield, handmade and hand-painted, reflects his families’ real coat of arms, a red cross on a yellow background.  Aubuchon comes from a long line of nobles; one of his ancestors was an official in Charlemagne’s government.