Newcomers to Battle of Five Armies

Who are you?

Snewberg fighters on the hil
Snowberg fighters at Pennsic 2016.

We are the Society for Creative Anarchronism. We study Medieval and Renaissance history and recreate it – the good parts version. We practice arts, engage in (safe) warfare, design heraldry, learn things, and have a good time doing it. We are an educational non-profit organization that runs on volunteers. This event is sponsored by the Greater Boston Chapter, known as The Barony of Carolingia, the Western Massachusetts Branch, known as the Barony of Bergental and the Central Massachusetts Branch, known as The Shire of Quintavia.

What is this all about?

The Battle of Five Armies is an event celebrating our local groups, fostering both camaraderie and competition between them. The Shire of Quintavia is inviting all of its neighbors to come over to our house and play. While this event is loosely inspired by the events of The Hobbit, we are a medieval club and there will be no Dwarves, Elves, and Hobbits here. Instead, you will find Elizabethans, Romans, Rus, Venetians, Vikings, and people from all across the globe and all through time from 1600 to our earliest recorded history.

What exactly will I see?

The Battle of Five Armies offers a wide cross-section of the activities conducted in the SCA. Here are a few examples that are particularly accessible to new folks.


Children’s Activities

There will be pictures to color, taken from artworks of the medieval period, shields to draw heraldry onto, paper models to assemble, cards to build castles out of, stationery to calligraphy, and a Roman Military Training Exercise – hopscotch! Children are invited to throw Axes and shoot Arrows, and can even earn points to aid their Barony by helping run the event!


pelican scroll
Illumination and calligraphy



There are arts and sciences challenges in a variety of categories for you to Ooh and Aaah over, as well as tournaments and battles. Everyone is invited to try out the Archery and Thrown Weapons activities, as well as participate in the Riddle Contest. Every activity over the entire weekend counts toward the final tally of points to see who shall win The Battle of Five Armies.



Award given at court
Award given at Royal Court



An organization that runs on volunteers needs ways to encourage those volunteers. In Court, the local Baronne will award others for their service to the group, their prowess in battle, their dedication to the arts, or for other matters. If you are called into Court, don’t be nervous! Nobody was born ready to be called into Court.



While the Court Astrologers wait for the perfect moment for Court to begin, come relax in the Amphitheater and enjoy some entertainment.



outdoor banquet
A dayboard fit for a king.

We will be preparing an entire weekend of meals for everyone who pre-registers for food, or just dinner (feast) for a modest additional fee. The flavors may be exotic, or odd, or even sometimes bland, but it’s an opportunity to “get under the skin” of medieval nobility and get a taste of “the good life” as seen by our ancient forebears.

Don’t forget to spend some time just sitting around and chatting with people and seeing all the beautiful garb!


What do I need to bring?

  • Children must have an onsite parent or guardian. While we do not require strict monitoring of children, we are not licensed caregivers and good parental judgment is expected. Strollers and other children’s accouterments are always permitted.
  • Everyone is expected to make an attempt at clothing from the Sixteenth Century or earlier. We have a large collection of loaner clothing for adults and children — E-mail our Chatelaine if you are interested in borrowing something or if you have questions about the appropriateness of something you already own.

 …Other useful things to bring…

  • A wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and other camping essentials.
  • A goblet or earthenware mug.
  • The dining hall has plates and cutlery, but everyone staying for the feast is invited to bring their own feast gear if they wish to make things a little more fancy.
  • Bring a book or a handcraft. Inevitably there will be a time where there’s a delay or a hole in the schedule, and it can be frustrating to be new and not know what to do.

How much does it cost?


The day rate for adult non-members is $10 at the door.
The weekend rate is $15. If you don’t have anyone to camp with, contact your local Chatelaine or ours.
Minors may attend the event for free but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Visit our Registration page for a copy of pre-registration sheet and save $5 per adult!



The cost of the dinner feast is $14 for adults, $8 for children. If you are staying the whole weekend, you are encouraged to sign up for our meal plan: dinner Friday, breakfast Sunday, and all 3 meals Saturday for only $30 for adults and $15 for children.

Please visit the Registration page for forms and more pre-registration information.