Stinky fighters price of authenticity, but SCA still fun, says reporter

Erin Sullivan of the St. Petersburg Times in Florida visited a local SCA demo and spoke with members about the tradeoffs between full authenticity and leaving out the unpleasant parts of the Middle Ages.

The demo was associated with the Shakespeare by the River festival in New Port Richey, Florida.

Sullivan says that to be truly authentic, one would have to forego modern conveniences such as deodorant and toothpaste, but SCA member Maisie of Dunbarton (mka Heather Harris) says she, like most members, isn't willing to go that far.

"'It's disgusting,' said Heather Harris, a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, an international, nonprofit, educational organization that celebrates pre-17th century life. Harris wrinkled her nose. She's 36 and has been a dedicated member of SCA since she was a teen. But she, like many, picks and chooses what aspects of Medieval life she'll live by.