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Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2014-04-21 07:18
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.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-08-14 17:43
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.
Submitted by Sir_Guillaume on Sun, 2013-08-11 13:40
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?
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-06-10 11:07
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.
Submitted by Ariel de Courtenay on Thu, 2013-05-23 14:17
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.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-02-22 14:33
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.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-11-13 12:01
Duchess Katerina O'Callaghan of the Kingdom of Atenveldt offers 20 reasons those who play in the SCA should purchase a membership.
Submitted by Etienne Le Mons on Mon, 2012-07-16 10:15
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.
Submitted by Ariel de Courtenay on Sat, 2012-05-05 07:15
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.
Submitted by Ariel de Courtenay on Wed, 2012-02-08 09:16
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.
Submitted by Ariel de Courtenay on Tue, 2012-02-07 18:04
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).
Submitted by ballyclogh on Mon, 2012-02-06 09:03
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.
Submitted by Ariel de Courtenay on Mon, 2011-10-24 19:16
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.
Submitted by Justin on Thu, 2011-09-22 22:13
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.
Submitted by Ariel de Courtenay on Thu, 2011-09-22 11:58
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).
Submitted by Ariel de Courtenay on Wed, 2011-09-21 08:40
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.
Submitted by Ariel de Courtenay on Mon, 2011-09-12 19:16
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.
Submitted by Ariel de Courtenay on Wed, 2011-07-20 19:35
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.
Submitted by Ariel de Courtenay on Thu, 2010-09-09 16:46
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.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2010-07-26 14:03
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.
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2010-06-04 14:39
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.
Submitted by media_office_fo... on Fri, 2009-05-15 16:21
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.
Submitted by jt4novels on Wed, 2009-04-01 17:55
Novelist Jennifer Hudson Taylor has created a new Carolina Scots-Irish blog and is seeking content from guest contributors.
Submitted by npaulovic on Fri, 2008-08-08 16:33
Neal Stephenson reconsiders a storyline from his novel "The Confusion" in light of his recent experiences with rapier [and dagger].
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-06-16 17:14
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.
Submitted by louis on Sun, 2008-01-20 08:06
On the premise that "snarky ranting is period," Baron Master Louis-Philippe Mitouard announces a new SCA-oriented discussion group called The SCA Curmudgeon.
Submitted by ViscountGalen on Sun, 2007-11-18 18:24
Personal blog by Viscount Galen of Bristol of the Middle Kingdom, formerly of Ansteorra, Drachenwald, and Meridies.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2007-11-04 10:38
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.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2007-10-17 18:17
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.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2007-06-18 18:49
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.