History--Regia Anglorum

Regia Anglorum is one of the largest Early Middle Ages reenactment societies in the world. It takes its name from the Latin for “Kingdoms of the English,” and it is dedicated to re-creating the cultures—primarily Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Norman—in over forty branches worldwide. Most are in the United Kingdom, where the organization was founded in 1986 as an outgrowth of the Norse Film & Pageant Society (now the Vikings!).

Regia Anglorum is an Associate Sponsor of the British Museum, and is a founder member of the National Association of Re-enactment Societies (NAReS) and The Battlefields Trust. Its activities are primarily educational and include events and shows that feature encampments, living history exhibitions and battle tacticals. It also does much filmwork, and Members of Regia have been featured in a number of films and television shows, including such documentaries as “Blood of the Vikings,” and “A History of Britain.” Its web page—http://regia.org—contains information about the society and its activities, as well as membership manuals and a number of educational essays on facets of the early Middle Ages, both practical and expository. It publishes an irregular journal, Chronicle, which features articles and essays by the members.

Members often live at shows in replicas of Norse and Anglo-Saxon tents, and they study and demonstrate many of the crafts of everyday life, such as spinning, cooking and boneworking, as well as combat with rebated steel weapons and archery. Members also practice their activities at homer or at special work weekends. Participation in Regia is a family-friendly atmosphere, and many people o all ages come together at shows.

Regia owns three acres of land in Canterbury, Kent, about sixty miles from Central London. It is a permeant site, and on it, Regia has been erecting a long hall. More information on The Wychurst Project, as the effort is called, may be found at http://wychurst.regia.org/index.html The project began in 2001, and it has been mainly funded by Regia funds and has been developed with volunteer help from the membership. Even before it was finished, it was featured in the 2007 feature-length documentary, “Beowulf and the Anglo-Saxons,” and the disc also features a short feature on Regia Anglorum itself.

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