Welcome to the Society of the Middle Ages!
The Society of the Middle Ages is a medieval group dedicated to recreating the martial arts, arts and crafts, and engineering technologies of the past from 400 AD to 1500 AD. We welcome anyone, and everyone, that is interested in exploring the past, and strive to keep modern problems free from our exploration of the ancient world. We gather to learn from, and have fun with each other, and to hone our skills- be they with blade or tool.
Truly, there is something for everyone within the ramparts of the SMA. Primarily the different areas of interest are broken into Guilds. Guilds are run by Guild Masters that work to ensure that anyone that finds a craft or science interesting and want to learn more have a place to find folks with similar interests to learn from and work with. Guilds have their own charters with internal ranks and rewards bestowed to those that grow in knowledge and skill in their ranks. To learn more about Guilds please check out the Guilds Page for more information.
The Paths of Knighthood
The SMA is a group of people with diverse interests. There are three co-equal branches of Knighthood in the SMA. Each Path has its own focus, and each path has different levels of orders that can be achieved as a member learns and practices more to become better at their chosen craft. There is something for almost any interest in the SMA. Click on a path below to learn more about any activities you think might suit your interests and talents, or a path you're interested in learning in.
If you dream of striking down your foes with impunity, this may be your path. The Path of the Sword is the Martial branch of the SMA, studying European Martial Arts from the middle ages (400 to 1500 AD). Through Sword, Spear, Mace, and Shield, Knights that have chosen the Path of the Sword defend their kingdom in great battles and esteemed tournaments to test their martial prowess.
If your mind and hands turn to the creative, be it paints and dyes, metal and hammer, or woods and planes, the Path of the Robe may be your selected path. Covering everything from ale brewing, calligraphy and illumination, to crafting furniture or even water craft; the Knights that have chosen the Path of the Robe seek to authentically recreate the arts and technologies of the Middle Ages from 400 AD to 1500 AD.
This is the path of service. Be it a server of feasts, organizer of events, or any other offer of help or service. These compassionate knights are always there to lend a hand, and are recognized for their generous nature! We are all called to assist when there be a need, and these Knights that have chosen the Path of the Quill exemplify the ideas of selflessness in assisting those that need it, and the Society as a whole!
You can also find a wonderully comprehensive Guide to Knighthood that has been put together by Sir Galen of Bristol for all to use! Click Here to access the guide and start your own journey!
Guilds also play a huge role in culture and immersion for members of the SMA. As centers of learning for those interested in different areas of knowledge, the Guilds provide an unlimited source of personal growth and reward. Currently we are reworking the guild structures and active guilds, and building new pages for all of the SMA Guilds. Check back soon to see the latest in Guild activity for the SMA!
Become a member today!
Seen all you need to see? Join now! With SMA membership you are entitled to all of the privileges that full membership entails. Find glory on the field of battle. Baffle your peers with feats of art and engineering. Earn titles and rewards, all while learning and growing together with a group of enthusiastic people to surround yourself with! Join us at events to show off your latest projects, or to compete in tournaments in preparation for epic inter-kingdom wars!