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Dark ages less barbaric than Roman, says historian

Dominic Selwood is a lawyer, writer and historian. He is also a blogger on a mission: to take the "dark" out of the Dark Ages. Selwood recently blogged on the subject for The Telegraph with Why the so-called 'Dark Ages' were just as civilised as the savage Roman Empire.

What it means to be a Peer

On a recent entry on the Random Stream of Consciousness blog, joeguppy, writing from the Kingdom of Caid, considers what it means to be a Peer in the SCA.

New York Times Explores Chivalry

A prominent member of the SCA recently got to speak out on the topic of chivalry in the New York Times' Opinion page, in the on-line forum called "Room For Debate." The question of the day that the Times posed was: Could there be a revival of chivalry, or should this noble ideal be allowed to fade into obscurity?

Help end the book famine for the blind

The blind and print disabled of the world need your help. John G. Paré Jr., Executive Director for Advocacy and Policy for the National Federation of the Blind, is promoting a petition to open copyright laws to allow publication of books in special formats like Braille and to be shared across international borders.

Equality at Last -- Queen An Tir: “I Am So Proud!”

In the An Tir Crown list processional on Saturday, May 18 XLVII (2013), seven fighters proudly presented their same sex inspirations to the court and fought for them that day upon the fields of honor.

Heather Dale needs your help

Canadian muscian and SCA member Heather Dale (Marian of Heatherdale) is seeking help from fellow musicians who post their music of YouTube. A video, (ironically posted on YouTube), sums up the situation.

20 Reasons to buy an SCA Membership & Renew if you Play

Duchess Katerina O'Callaghan of the Kingdom of Atenveldt offers 20 reasons those who play in the SCA should purchase a membership.

Vivant to Barons Giles and Giuseppe

On a beautiful day in June, the Barony of Gyldenholt and the Kingdom of Caid made history: Giles Hill and Giuseppe Francesco da Borgia became the SCA’s first same-gender Coronets. Lord Etienne Le Mons offers his opinion on what this means for the Society at large.

Board Responds to Comments on Same-Gender Consort Proposal

Should entrants in Royal Lists be allowed to fight for a consort of the same gender? Going to the heart of one of the most visible and celebrated institutions in the Society, this question has proved to be a matter of great moment for members of the Society's governing body, as well as for the membership at large.

Same-Gender Consorts: Proposed Corpora Change

Ariel de Courtenay, from the Inspirational Equality consortium, offers her analysis of the Board's recent proposal for a change in Corpora related to same-gender couple in Royal Lists.

First Same-Gender Couple to Ascend Baronial Thrones in Caid

Baron Ursul and Baroness Colette of Caid’s Barony of Gyldenholt have made SCA history by inviting a same-gender couple to become their heirs (posted with kind permission of the author, Mistress Caitlin Christiana Wintour).

A Challenge to all Houses in the Known World

In an open letter, Clan Marshin Fayne challenges households, clans, and other non-official groups to offer assistance to the SCA's official branches in meeting the financial stipulations of the recently-announced legal settlement.

Cultural Quirks of Fighting in An Tir, or, Musings on Why the Inspirational Equality Movement May Have Started Here

Ariel de Courtenay, one of the founders of the Inspirational Equality advocacy group, offers an opinion on what about An Tir's culture may have caused this movement to originate in that particular kingdom.

Diana Listmaker offers her opinion on same gender couples competing in Crown Tournaments

The first tournament that led to the founding of the Society for Creative Anachronism was organized by Diana L. Paxson, known in the Society as Diana Listmaker, in her backyard in Berkeley. From the perspective of one who was there at the start, and remembers the original goals of the organization, she has written an opinion letter and has kindly allowed SCAtoday.net to share it with our readers.

You asked!--Part II: Nuts and Bolts. Implementation answers from Inspirational Equality

The Inspirational Equality Advocacy group answers frequently asked questions about the implications and implementation of allowing same-gender couples in Royal Lists (part II of II).

You asked! Answers to the top 15 FAQs from Inspirational Equality

The Inspirational Equality advocacy group provides answers to some of the most common questions it has received about the proposed amendment to corpora to allow same-gender couples in Royal lists.

Same-Gender Couples March in An Tir List Processional

At Crown Tourney on Saturday, September 4, 2011, An Tirians once again took to the list field to fight for the cause of Inspirational Equality -- the right of all couples, regardless of gender, to enter Royal Lists in the SCA.

Same-gender couples welcomed to An Tir Champions Tourney Lists

Sunday morning, under an unseasonal July drizzle that brought mist rising from the hills, Viscount Sir William MacBrennan, inspired by Maestro Eduardo Francesco Maria Lucrezia and Mistress Ariel de Courtenay, fighting for her lady Sarah Patrick Stewart, Defender of the West, proudly entered the Champions list of An Tir.

Inspirational Equality -- An Tirians begin a movement to support same sex couples in Crown

A group of SCA folk in An Tir, led by Ariel de Courtenay and Master Eduardo Francesco Maria Lucrezia, are petitioning their Crown and the Board of Directors to allow same-sex couples to enter Crown Tournaments as contender and consort.

What the Romans (and Greeks) can do for us

Latin teacher and blogger Denis Ambrose, Jr. is often asked to justify his existence to people who think "high school is nothing more than preparation for college, and college is nothing more than job training." He has compiled a list of five pragmatic reasons to study classics.

Can Botticelli make you high?

A plant in Botticelli's Venus and Mars resembles the hallucinogen Datura stramonium. Blogger Jonathan Jones speculates that the artist intended the painting to affect the viewer like taking a love potion.

Please take the Estrella War XXV survey

Hello! Yes, Estrella War 25 has ended, but you still have a chance to let the staff know what you liked and didn’t like about it.

New Carolina Scots-Irish Blog Seeking Content

Novelist Jennifer Hudson Taylor has created a new Carolina Scots-Irish blog and is seeking content from guest contributors.

Neal Stephenson on Rapier vs. Katana...

Neal Stephenson reconsiders a storyline from his novel "The Confusion" in light of his recent experiences with rapier [and dagger].

Stonehenge should keep its secrets, opines essay

The recent discovery of graves at Stonehenge has led to a frenzy of speculation and proposed activity regarding the origins of the site. One commentator feels that the ancient structure should keep its secrets.

The Curmudgeon's Tale

On the premise that "snarky ranting is period," Baron Master Louis-Philippe Mitouard announces a new SCA-oriented discussion group called The SCA Curmudgeon.

Viscount Galen of Bristol's blog

Personal blog by Viscount Galen of Bristol of the Middle Kingdom, formerly of Ansteorra, Drachenwald, and Meridies.

"50 key dates of world history" sparks discussion

What are the 50 key historic events in world history? Historian Richard Overy, editor of The Times Complete History of the World, thinks he knows.

Bloggers compared to the printing press

In the blog Cabinet of Wonders, Heather McDougal compares the free discussion of bloggers to the dissemination of information after the creation of the printing press.

"Myth of the Longbow" discussed on historical blog

On the military history blog Wapenshaw, there is a discussion of the "myth of the longbow," the belief that swords and armor were the stuff of knights while a bow was the weapon of the peasant.