The Scop King's College's Literary and Fine Arts Magazine

History of the Scop

Our magazine is named after the scops of Old English society. In ancient times, a “scop” was a poet who entertained kings or soldiers by reciting poetry and playing a harp. They were the driving force of the society’s thinking as they used poetry to influence and inspire their audiences. The word “scop” comes from the Old English word “scieppan,” which means to create, form, or shape. For more information on the history of scops, please check out this article by Judith Mathieu.

Old English Scop