Regia Anglorum was a term used by early English writers to describe the English state. It means 'The Kingdoms of the English'. In a twentieth century context, Regia Anglorum is a nationwide society with many independent local groups, from Scotland to the south coast, who all work within a tight set of common sense rules. Now Regia Anglorum has crossed the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas and groups across the North American continent function within the same set of common sense rules.
Regia Anglorum attempts to recreate a cross section of English life around the turn of the first millennium. Our actual self imposed brief is AD 950 - 1066, although our events may sometimes be set a few decades either side of these dates.
It was a time of great flux and change and, as all our public shows are 'datelined', we can demonstrate the changing fashions of the times. It was a time when Britain was host to many peoples - Anglo-Saxons, Anglo-Danes, Norse, Cymry, Viking raiders and even a number of Norman mercenaries - which often led to some misunderstandings amongst their leaders who jockeyed for control and power in England.
We are not purely a combat society and have come a long way from the old hack and bash image associated with many re-enactment societies. There is always a certain glory to be found in recreating and reliving famous and the not-so-famous battles of times past - but they are not the sum total of history. They are specific points in time which were interspersed by long periods where the people living then, got on with their normal existence which is equally fascinating. In this way, we are not in fact just a 're-enactment' group, but a 'living history society'.
Our basic tenet is Authenticity. To this end we will not portray any image, support any ideal, or make any item of kit which we cannot provenance from contemporary sources. This sometimes requires us to re-evaluate how we look and why we make or wear certain items, and to alter them or our habits to hone the image we depict.
Our members invest large sums of money and thousands of man hours capturing the detail. From our experiences over the years in the field of re-enactment, we are certain that no other society from our period of interest takes this matter so seriously.
Furder Strandi, loosely translated as "Further Shores", is the North American branch of Regia Anglorum that is comprised of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Western Pennsylvania.
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