The Shire of Cathanar
is located in Carteret and Craven counties in North Carolina, including New
Bern, Havelock, Newport, Morehead City, and all territories East to Portsmouth
Island. Some of our members are located in Greenville. We are one of many groups
that make up the Kingdom
The Kingdom of Atlantia is the geographic area covering
Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Augusta, Georgia, and is
one of nineteen geographical areas that make up the "Known World" of the Society
for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
The Society is an international non-profit educational organization devoted to
researching and re-creating the arts and skills of the Middle Ages and the
Renaissance from the years 600 - 1600 AD. It is part of the "living history"
movement. Our adventure began in California in 1966, and now consists of
nineteen kingdoms, with over fifty thousand members residing in countries around
Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and
Renaissance (called "garb"), attend events which may feature heavy weapons
(Sword and Shield), rapier (fencing), archery, and thrown weapons tournaments,
arts exhibits (including fiber arts, needlework, leatherwork, woodwork,
blacksmithing, armoring, cooking, brewing, animal husbandry and lots more),
classes, workshops, dancing, musical instruments, story-telling, feasts, and
more. Our royalty hold court at which they recognize and honor members for their
contributions to the group. Youths (ages
17 and under) often have their own tournaments and Orders (arts and martial
skill-specific groups). Families are welcome and encouraged!
The Shire of Cathanar normally meets at VFW Post 2514 (3850 Butler Rd, New Bern, NC
28560). We also meet at members homes and local parks
during the week for weekly fighter practice and arts and sciences activities.
These meetings usually include instructions in Armed Combat, Archery,
miscellaneous weaponry and Arts and Sciences. Please contact our Seneschal
or Chatelaine for
all meeting information and general inquiries. There is also a calendar showing
upcoming meetings and events (if they are submitted to the web-minister).
Resources and links for Newcomers.
Taken from the History
Cathanar is the oldest shire in the Kingdom of Atlantia. Cathanar is Welsh for
"battle glory" and was originally founded at the Marine Base located at Cherry
Point in 1983 and became a Shire in 1985. It's territory consisted of New Bern
all the way to the Port of Sea Reach, which encompasses Wilmington and parts
south. In 2001, the Stronghold of Raven's Cove became independent, and claimed
the Jacksonville territory. Cathanar holds claims to Carteret and Craven
counties and surrounding areas.
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