Media

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

Elizabeth: The Golden Age - An SCA review

THL Charles de Bourbon recently attended a showing of the new film Elizabeth: The Golden Age. He shares his review.

Lampworking with the young in Northshield

At a recent Young Artists Conference at Southwest Minnesota State University, Garret Bitker (Gevehard in the SCA) taught middle school students the art of bead-making. Cindy Votruba of the Independent (Marshall, Minnesota) has the story.

Knights entertain, teach at Georgia Medieval Festival

Armored knights were one of the draws at the recent Medieval Festival, a fundraiser for the Oatland Island Wildlife Center near Savannah, Georgia. The activities included an armored combat demonstration, chainmail-making, Middle Eastern dancing and jugglers.

Arizona newspaper shares shots from SCA demo

Jeffry Scott, photographer for the Arizona Daily Star shares a slideshow of photos from a recent demo by the College of St. Felix on the University of Arizona campus.

"And now the bloodshed!"

No blood was spilled during the swordplay at a recent event held by the Barony of Ponte Alto in Prince William Forest Park, Falls Church, Virginia, despite a pronouncement by the Queen of Atlantia. Dan Zak of the Washington Post has the story.

On the air with the Incipient Shire of Drachtod

Lady Sophia of Artemisia's Incipient Shire of Drachetod (Eastern Montana) spoke recently with Emilie Boyles of KXGN TV5 In Glendive, Montana. An MP3 file of the interview is available online.

Oklahoma State University Students go medieval on Library Lawn

Ted Bado, Staff Writer for the Daily O’Collegian (Oklahoma State University), recently visited a fighter practice and demo by members of Mooneschadowe, the local SCA group and the university's Medieval Studies Group.

SCA: "more of a way of life than a hobby"

SCA members at the recent Corvaria Harvest Tournament in central Oregon "study history by acting it out." The event was sponsored by the Shire of Corvaria. Katie Brauns of the (Bend, Oregon) Bulletin has the story.

Chivalry rules at "Here There Be Dragons"

"The possibilities are endless in this alternative society meant to foster imagination and creativity. With 10 centuries (600 to 1601 [C.E.]) to research, replicate and live in, members have every reason to escape into bygone days of chivalry and adventure," writes Hannah Wiest of the Jackson (Wyoming) Star-Tribune.

"Hornblower" props to go on the block

Over 300 of the props and costumes from the Hornblower television series will be auctioned in Maldon, Essex on October 3, 2007.

SCAdian to present lectures on Tudor history

The Cumberland Times-News reports that SCA member Ellen McDaniel-Weissler will present a course entitled English Tudor Dynasty History, The Wars of the Roses to Elizabeth I for the CE Institute for Community Services at Allegheny College of Maryland.

Weta Tenzan Chainmaille

Fred Tang of Tenzan Production and the Weta Workshop have collaborated to create a new process for the lightweight chainmail used in such films as Lord of the Rings and Kingdom of Heaven.

BBC drama "makes archaeology sexy", says editor

Bone Kickers, a new drama on BBC One scheduled for Spring 2008, will follow the work of a team of archaeologists in Bath, England.

SCA: "eclectic, if not fun"

Matt Lewis of the online version of the Arizona Wildcat (University of Arizona) takes a look at the College of St. Felix, the university's local SCA chapter. "They are an eclectic, if not fun, bunch," said Curt Booth, a UA employee and SCA club advisor who is called Lord Fergus DeBotha for club meetings.

"I, Claudius" may return to the silver screen

The Guardian reports that the rights have been obtained to produce a big-screen version of Robert Graves's novel I, Claudius. The film could star Leonardo DiCaprio.

Canadians and American share event in Montana

SCAdians from both sides of the border met recently for the Shire of Windegate's annual event in Shelby, Montana. Terrell Cotterell of the Shelby Promoter had the story.

"SCA: it's like going home"

"If you've gone through your life liking the Ren fairs and you get into the SCA, it's like going home," said Jeff Mason of Stevens Point, Wisconsin at a recent event sponsored by the Shire of Falcon's Keep. Shenandoah Sowash of the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune has the story.

"Mongol" to be released in September

Mongol, a new film by Russian director Sergei Bodrov, is scheduled to be released September 21, 2007. The film covers the early life of Genghis Khan.

Icelandic dig to be subject of Discovery Channel program

Filmmakers from the Discovery Channel are working with archaeologists to produce a series focusing on "findings in Hringsdalur and in Skriduklaustur, an old monastery in east Iceland." The series is scheduled to air in 2008.

Axes and swords flash in Iowa sun

"Rays of sun glinted off dented helms as two knights squared off on a grassy knoll. Lord Ciaran O'Heildhe, a 15th century Irish knight, armed with sword and shield, faced Lord Hamer Ulfsson a 10th century Viking with a sword clenched in one hand and a bardiche, or great ax, clenched in the other." Nicholas Bergin of the Burlington, Iowa Hawk Eye was there to cover the action.

Reporter visits as Philadelphia shire prepares for Scottish Irish festival

Helen I. Hwang of the Philadelphia Inquirer recently visited a fighter practice for the Shire of Harshorn-dale. Members are scheduled to participate in the area's annual Scottish Irish Festival.

Rainn Wilson to create ren faire comedy

The Hollywood Reporter has announced that actor Rainn Wilson of The Office fame will co-write the script for a movie with fellow actor Matt Ross based on Renaissance faires.

Loch Salaan members hold fighter practice in the park

Members of the Barony of Loch Salaan (Salt Lake City, Utah) gathered recently in Sugarhouse Park for an evening of fighter practice. Cathy Free of theDeseret Morning News covered the practice.

Luttrell Psalter film project

WAG Screen is creating a film based on the Luttrell Psalter, an illuminated manuscript from 14th century Lincolnshire. The film will combine images from the manuscript with live actors to produce a work which will be shown at The Collection, Lincoln’s new museum.

ReenactorClassifieds.com gives web sites of living history a free boost

Tom Higgins of ReenactorClassifieds.com has announced the creation of a website to help reenactors of various living history groups to connect online. (press release)

"Dauntless Libby" remembered in article

Kimberly Matas of the Arizona Daily Star remembers Elizabeth Jane Christensen for the warrior she was in an article chronicling the life of the SCA member. "Dauntless Libby" died August 7, 2007 at age of 44.

Equestrians muster at Pontoon Beach

On July 21, 2007, 17 members of the Barony of Shattered Crystal brought their mounts to Pontoon Beach, Illinois to practice their equestrian skills. Scott Cousins of the Granite City Press-Record has the story.

Cookstown photographer finds medieval photo-op

A photographer from Simcoe.com was on hand recently in Cookstown, Ontario as members of the local SCA group invaded the Agricultural Fairgrounds. The resultant photo album is available online.

Enjoying the medieval life on the Kenai Peninsula

SCA life in Alaska is a family affair, as reporter Jessica Cejnar of the Peninsula Clarion found out recently when she spent the day at the Court of the Prince and princess of Oertha and experienced an SCA Coronet tournament.

"Knights Next Door" available as ebook

iUniverse Publishing has The Knights Next Door: Everyday People Living Middle Ages Dreams by Patrick O'Donnell available to purchase in ebook format on their website.