Media

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

"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.

Pub evacuated due to Holy Grenade of Antioch

The bomb squad was recently called to a pub in Shoreditch, east London when workers from the water company discovered a suspicious object. Such an evacuation is not an unusual occurrence in today's terrorist-conscious world, but these workers must not have been fans of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Kissing Wench learns "What Not to Wear"

Atlanta administrative assistant Ariel Stewart's clothing decisions are "a little eccentric" according to her mother and roommate who recently turned her in to TLC’s What Not to Wear makeover program. Ariel. AKA “Ruby Two-lypps" is one of the Georgia Renaissance Festival’s Kissing Wenches.

Armoured combat covered on French TV

Sir Angus O'Niall, Founder of the Academy of Knightly Arts, reports that French National television recently covered a documentary in which he participated involving "a bunch of steel fighters" who fought tournaments in castles in southern France.

Mounted archery on Mythbusters May 13, 2009

On the May 13, 2009 episode of the popular science show Mythbusters, the crew will try to prove the veracity of mounted archery. The episode Exploding Bumper premieres at 9:00 p.m. EDT and repeats at midnight.

Mediaeval Bæbes release 6th album

Fans of the classical crossover group Mediaeval Bæbes will be happy to learn that the female sextet have released their sixth album, Illumination.

"Severed Ways" explores Viking discovery of America

Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America, a 2007 film written and directed by Tony Stone, tells the story of two Norsemen stranded in North America in the year 1007 who are forced to survive by their wits.

"Militas Christi" to premiere in North Carolina

Duchess Seonaid ni Fhionn reports that Militas Christi, a film made by senior students at the North Carolina School of the Arts Film School, and featuring SCA members, will premiere May 29, 2009 on the University of North Carolina School of the Arts campus in Winston-Salem, NC.