Media

Anything related to the mass media as a subject in and of itself, including relationships between the media and the living history community

Archaeologists ponder "Secrets of Shangri-La"

Archaeologists believe they have found Shangra-La in the form of Himalayan caves holding wall paintings, illuminations and 15th century religious texts. (photos)

Feasting in Oertha

Most members of the press who visit SCA events stop at the fighting. Recently Sam Friedman of the Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror went further and investigated the cooks.

"New Moon" a boon for Volterra tourism

In New Moon, the popular vampire film based on the book by Stephanie Meyer, the young couple journeys to city of Volterra, Italy for a meeting with an ancient vampire clan. Now devotees of the books and films are flocking to the medieval Tuscan town's square.

Actors needed for Canadian film

Danute Dorion has announced that casting for The Making of A King, a "film version of a sonnet cycle, very artsy, very stylized" will take place November 21, 2009 at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

Controversial Wallace statue returned to creator

For more than ten years, a 13-foot, sandstone statue of William Wallace held a place of honor at the Wallace Monument in Stirling, Scotland, but last year it was returned to sculptor Tom Church "to make way for a new visitor centre." (photo)

Houston museum to exhibit props from the "Chronicles of Narnia"

The Houston Museum of Natural Science will present an exhibition of props from the recent film version of the Chronicles of Narnia October 3, 2009 - January 18, 2010.

The fashions of Great Western War

Great Western War took place recently in the Kingdom of Caid. A photographer from the Los Angeles Times was on hand to capture the fashions of the day. (photos)

Martha Stewart learns maskmaking from SCAdian artist

Artist and SCA member Andrea Masse-Tognetti (Meredith the Maskmaker) joined Martha Stewart on October 7, 2009 to demonstrate how to make a leather unicorn mask.

George R. R. Martin's "A Game of Thrones" coming to HBO

HBO has acquired the rights to produce a fantasy series based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire & Ice books. The first films, A Game of Thrones is scheduled to film in late October 2009 in Northern Ireland.

Skirmish Magazine covers historical re-enactment around the world

Skirmish Magazine, a British publication dedicated to providing information to the living history community, accepts submissions for articles "on historical re-enactment and living history from around the world, covering all historical periods."

Blade Society offers combat training at the University of Southern Maine

Sullivan Gym is a place for students of the University of Southern Maine to lift weights, play basketball, or sometimes practice medieval warfare through a program offered by the Blade Society, a student-run organization affiliated with the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Joel Neill of the Free Press has the story. (photos)

Combat (and more) in Peace Park

SCA members from the Kingdom of Calontir spent the afternoon of October 17 at Peace Park, on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, Missouri. Dan Brenner of the Columbia Missourian was on hand to chronicle their armoured fighting and the more peaceful scribal crafts.

Deadliest Warriors needed

Count Sir Balin of Tor, who has appeared on Spike TV's Deadliest Warrior program, has announced that producers are seeking "warriors who can portray and demonstrate the techniques of the historical warriors" portrayed on the program.

"Missouri farmer" creates western martial arts school in Tokyo

Longtime SCA member Jay Noyes, a 40-year-old self-described "farmer from Missouri," had a dream. He wanted to bring the medieval combat he remembered from his days in the SCA to Japan, where he moved in 1991. To accomplish this, he created Avalon, a medieval history group, and started Castle Tintagel, a school for western martial arts in Tokyo. Edan Corkill of the Japan Times has the story.(photos)

SCA: "like adults playing dress up and getting away with it"

The Barony of Ravensfort, in the Houston, Texas area, turns 20 this year. They celebrated the anniversary at their annual event, Defender of the Fort. Matthew Jackson of the Huntsville Item spoke recently with Seneschal Lady Giovanna Lena Caronna (Carolyn Pace) about SCA life.

Midrealm college students to establish Medieval Society at Bowling Green

Bowling Green State University students in Bowling Green, Ohio have a long history of involvement with the Society for Creative Anachronism in the local community. Now, to bring medieval life back on campus, a group of students hope to create the BGSU Medieval Society. Michelle Olmstead of the BGViews has the story.

Jugglers, knights and dragons draw crowds at Santa Fe Renaissance Fair

Ren met SCA at the recent Santa Fe Renaissance Fair held at El Rancho de las Golondrinas in New Mexico, where members of both communities entertained the crowds. Staci Matlock of The New Mexican visited the Fair and reports. (photos)

Voice of America features Pennsic War video footage

The Voice of America's TV bureau was on hand to chronicle Pennsic 38, with over three minutes of excellent video in a feature story that has been posted on YouTube.

Atenveldt Crown Tourney captures local imagination

Roses were the theme of the day at the recent Atenveldt Crown Tournament as fighters from around the Kingdom met to determine the next Heirs to the Throne. Bill Hess of the Herald/Review visited the event in Fort Huachica, Arizona to learn what the SCA is all about. (photos)

SCA equestrians shine at "Day of the Horse"

It was a day for horses, auctions and scavenger hunts - but mostly horses - when the Conejo Creek Equestrian Park hosted a benefit event for Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship and California Coastal Horse Rescue, two non-profits who help horses and the disabled. The local SCA group was on hand with their equestrian unit. (photos)

BBC's "Tudors" historically inaccurate but addicting says historian

Historians seem to have a love/hate relationship with the Showtime series The Tudors, which has been recently sold to the BBC. Some say it "distorts history for dramatic effect" but has "undoubtedly stimulated interest in British history."

Barony of Mons Tonitrus displays martial skill in Sierra Vista

"Saturday was a day for using nonlethal weaponry — great and broad swords and maces, none sharp or heavy enough to do bodily harm. But in the right hands, a well-delivered, telling and glancing blow could be struck, as some of the contestants learned," writes reporter Bill Hess of the Sierra Vista Herald/Review of the fighters of the Barony of Mons Tonitrus.

"Born of Hope" trailer online

A trailer for the fan film Born of Hope, based on Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings, is available to view on the Daily Motion website.

Braveheart #2 of "10 most historically inaccurate movies"

Caroline White of the Times Online has put together a list of the "10 most historically inaccurate movies" of all time. Mel Gibson holds the record with three of the ten, including 1995's Braveheart.

SCA featured on the Mini-Page

The July 4-10, 2009 issue of the popular newspaper insert for children, The Mini Page, looks at interesting facts about the Middle Ages, and uses members of the SCA to illustrate them. The photos included in the issue were taken at Pennsic.

SCA is "a matter of a shared love of history" in Artemisia

The Barony of Arn Hold, in Artemisia, held a fighter practice and demo at a public park in the Boise, Idaho area. Reporter Deanna Darr of the Boise Weekly was on hand to interview participants, and created a very nice, detailed feature article.

Family entertainment solution for hard economic times

“It’s something that’s fun for people who enjoy history, and it’s a great event that the whole family can come be a part of and have fun while they’re doing it,” said Louise Duchatte Bleu about the SCA at a recent event at the Manteca Senior Center in Manteca, California. Jason Campbell of the Manteca Bulletin has the story (slideshow)

Eastwatch prepares for Pennsic War

In late July, members of the Shire of Eastwatch prepared for Pennsic 38 with a fighter practice/demo at the Fairport Harbor VFW Park. Erich Hiner of the News-Herald (Painesville, Ohio) has the story. (photo)

SCA: "An excellent hobby"

Oklahoma couple Isabel Barton and Karl Ludoph (Charles Lydolph and Tracy Garner) enjoy "bringing history to life" in their local SCA group. Steve Biehn, staff writer for the Daily Ardmoreite (Ardmore, Oklahoma) interviewed them recently for a feature story. (photo)

TV sitcom scores with "Medieval Fight Club"

The ABC sitcom Better Off Ted, which focuses on regular guy who works for company with questionable ethics, combines Fight Club with a fictional living history group for an episode entitled "You Are the Boss of Me."