Media

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

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."

Mons Tonitrus A&S championship draws media interest

It was a day for investigating the arts and sciences of the Middle Ages when members of the Barony of Mons Tonitrus (Kingdom of Atenveldt) held an arts and science competition at Cochise College. Bill Hess of the Sierra Vista Herald attended the event to learn more. (photo)

Barony of Cynnabar finds its roots at Saline Celtic Festival

It was a wet day, but that didn't deter members of the barony of Cynnabar (Ann Arbor, Michigan) from participating in the Saline Celtic Festival. Sheila Pursglove of the Saline Reporter covered the damp happenings of the day.

Middle Ages thrives in South Florida

The fighters of Trimaris are tough, as demonstrated by a group from the Barony of Wyvernwoode in Hillsborough County, Florida when they showed off their skills to reporter Joe Polito of the Oracle, a publication of the University of South Florida.

Barony of Stromgard demo featured in video

Television station KGW was on hand to videograph members of the Barony of Stromgard as they played musical instruments, repaired armor, and fought tournament combat.

"A sense of magic" in the Province of Mooneschadowe

"The tennis shoes and the duct tape go away and you are in battle," said Cisco Cividanes at a recent demo at the Payne County Expo Center (Stillwater, Oklahoma). "When the shields clash and the arrows fly over your head, you are there." Cividanes spoke with Darka Slipke of the News Press (photo)

SCA: a good fit "if you like armor and tents"

A hot day at the regatta on the Snake River in Burley, Idaho brought out the usual cheering, beer drinking crowds. This year it even brought out guys in armor as members of the local SCA group presented a demo. Damon Hunzeker of the Times-News has the story. (photo)

SCA fighting discussed on Tuscaloosa News video

Karl Hamner discusses the SCA in a video produced by Tuscaloosa (Alabama) News. The short film includes a description of armored combat in the Society. (photo)

"The Middle Ages with penicillin and toilet paper"

"I was a history major in college," said Tom Nadratowski, who also is known as Zygmunt Nadratowski. "I would go to museums as a kid, and I always wanted to be able to touch the exhibits. I wanted my kids to be able to touch history ... so I made a suit of chainmail." Nadratowski, of the Shire of Talonvale (Jackson, Michigan) , spoke to reporter Erik Holladay of the Jackson Citizen Patriot. (photo & video)

Before "Ye Olde Wal-Mart": Okeborne Keep Shire demo in Meridies

The citizens of Northport, Alabama were promised a day of "blacksmithing, baking and armored men sword-fighting" recently as members of the Okeborne Keep Shire of the Society for Creative Anachronism came to town. Brian Reynolds of the Tuscaloosa News has the story.

Independence Day: SCA style

The noise heard at the Lincoln Park (Pittsburg, Kansas) July 4th celebration wasn't only fire works this year, but also the sound of sword on shield as members of the local SCA group put on a demonstration of their fighting skills. Nikki Patrick of the Morning Sun has the story.

Estrella School Tour Deputies Needed

Reynier de Vriere of the Estrella War XXVI Media Office reports that the Estrella War XXVI autocrats are seeking deputy officers to assist with school tours during the event.

Utah kids follow “path to knighthood” at Ren Faire fundraiser

It was a fun trip to the past recently for kids in Logan, Utah as members of the local SCA group helped them learn about chivalry. The event was a fundraiser for the Whittier Center, where the group holds its meetings. David Felix of the Herald Journal reports.

SCAdians battle in Minot park

Frequent visitors to Oak Park in Minot, North Dakota must have been confused recently to hear the sounds of armored combat when members of the Shire of Midewinde put on their armor for a demo. Jill Schram of the Minot Daily News has the story. (photo)

Return to the past: 1982

Step back in the past - both medievally and in SCA years - with a short YouTube video originally broadcast by WTVC Chattanooga.

"Kick back and relax" with the SCA

On a lazy, late spring day in the Kingdom of Calontir, members of the Shire of Heraldshill (Mason, Iowa) invited their friends to "kick back and relax" for a day of dice games, medieval combat and handicrafts. Kristin Buehner of the Globe Gazette covered the story. (photo)

"Day of Blood" sparks interest of Peninsula Clarion

Every year the Shire of Hrafnafjordr in Alaska's Kenai Peninsula meets at the "Day of Blood" event to select the shire's heavy weapons champion. This year Joseph Robertia, a reporter for the Peninsula Clarion investigated to discover what the SCA was all about.

Talonval members hold recruitment demo at Jackson Community College

About 20 members of the Midrealm's Shire of Talonvale took their love of the Middle Ages to the campus streets recently when they held a recruitment demo at Jackson Community College in Jackson, Michigan. Heather Guenther of the Jackson Citizen Patriot had the story. (photos)

Rapier fighters add to atmosphere in Knoxville Italian street fair

The consensus regarding the Knoxville, TN Rossini Italian Street Fair is that it was "just general, all-around fun." Contributing to the festivities were members of the local SCA group, who offered a fencing demonstration for the 70,000 attendees. Matt Lakin of knoxnews.com had the story.

"History Comes to Life" at Border Downs fighter practice

News reporter Drew Sandholm of KSFY Action News in Sioux Falls, South Dakota went "inside the underground world of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc., where people escape by dressing up and fighting Medieval-style."

"No wizards, no magic, no trolls" at Mermaids XVI

"We're basically just a bunch of adults playing dress-up. It's just that our dress-up is very coordinated and historically based," Lady Francesca told reporter Dylan B. Tomlinson of the Herald Times when he visited the recent Mermaids XVI at Camp Sindawa, Wisconsin.

BBC's Channel 4 takes on Hastings

In mid-May, 2009, Channel 4 of the BBC premiered a two-part mini-series dramatizing the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The film, 1066: the Battle for Middle Earth, was directed by Justin Hardy who was interviewed for the Telegraph.

Barony of Seleone members help raise money for charity

Every year St. John's Episcopal Church in Ocean, Springs, MS holds a medieval festival to raise money for charity, and every year members of Biloxi's Barony of Seleone turn out to help by creating a medieval village. Harlan Kirgan of the Mississippi Press attended this year's event and reports on his visit.

Pennsic Independent Seeking Review Materials

The Reviews Department of the Pennsic Independent is seeking new SCA-related CDs, books, and other works of art for review in the Pennsic 38 volume of the Pennsic Independent.

Avalon brings armored combat to Tokyo

Historical Japan isn't just about elegant tea ceremonies or graceful cherry blossoms. Sometimes it's about 15th century sword fighting. Members of Avalon, a sister organization of the SCA, teach the martial art at Mejiro’s Castle Tintagel, a European medieval martial arts training center in Tokyo. Patrick W Galbraith of Japan Today has the story.

Beowulf meets Alien in "Outlander"

The Outlander, a film released in January 2009, follows the wreck of an alien space craft in 8th century Norway, releasing a futuristic soldier and a bloodthirsty monster into the Viking world. The trailer is available on YouTube. (video)

NPR series follows path of modern Canterbury pilgrims

A recent multi-part NPR series retraces the steps of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales pilgrims in modern England from London to Canterbury. The site includes an interactive map of the journey.

"The Secret of Kells" brings illumination to life

A 12-year-old boy fights off Vikings to help complete the Book of Kells in a new animated adventure from Cartoon Saloon. The film was scheduled for release late winter 2009.