Media

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

Spartans battle pikemen at Wyoming college

Jerry Spaulding, who goes by the name Agamedes within the SCA, "got hooked" on the Middle Ages at the age of 15. Now he is a founding member of the SCA group at Eastern Wyoming College. Carson LeMahieu of the Torrington (Wyoming) Telegram has the story.

Viewers challenged to "Name that movie!"

The SyFy Channel is offering viewers a chance to name a film set in the Middle Ages. The winner will receive an "amateur filmmaking kit," including camera, computer and software.

SCA armor subject of Judge Judy show

A dispute over loaned  SCA armor was the subject of a recent Judge Judy television show.

Robin Hood movie scheduled to premiere in May 2010

The latest film version of the Robin Hood saga is scheduled to debut in theaters May 14, 2010. The film is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett.

Swords ring in Blackmoor Keep

"It's like a brand new style of martial arts. It really is fun. It's great," said Kelly Jenkins of the Shire of Blackmoor Keep (Kingdom of Gleann Abhann) to Brandon Richards of KPLC Channel 7 (Lake Charles, Louisiana). Richards interviewed various shire members at a demo at a downtown park.

Yuletide feasting in Geneva-on-the-Lake

"Good friends, with praise and thanksgiving to the God who sent his son, we wish for each of you a blessed Christmas!" says the Queen and the feasting commences at the Elizabethan Yuletide Feaste in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio. Sarah Crump of the Plain Dealer was on hand for the festivities. (photos)

Happy Solstice from Jethro Tull, from 1976

It isn't exactly news, but it's appropriate to the day! YouTube has a video posting of a rare promotional video for Jethro Tull's "Ring Out Solstice Bells", from 1976. It's decidedly medieval in theme, and quite amusing.

Bordermarch: "A roar of battle cries and the clatter of lances"

"It was a scene more reminiscent of Europe in the Middle Ages - but the middle ages were never this much fun." writes reporter Sarah Moore of the Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise.

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.