Media

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

Discovery Channel Looks at Medieval Tournaments

"What does it take to be a knight?" asks the Discovery Channel in its program The Medieval Tournament: The Making of a Knight.

"Spamalot" brings Monty Python to Broadway

According to this USAToday article, a can of Spam "Golden Honey Grail" will be given to each of the first 100 customers who buy tickets to the Broadway production of Monty Python's Spamalot.

SCA: Organization of the Week

Anne McMillan Goodale of Nevada's Fallon Star Press reviews the Society for Creative Anachronism as her "Organization of the Week."

Rosslyn Chapel May be Re-Created Outside of Scotland

The producers of the Da Vinci Code movie may choose to build their own version of Rosslyn Chapel rather than deal with restrictions imposed by the building's trustees.

Newspaper profiles south-central Ohio's Shire of Dernehealde

The Post describes the Athens Medieval Society at Ohio University, as well as the SCA and the Shire of Dernehealde.

"Lord of the Rings" fans get their own film

Ringers: Lord of the Fans, a new film about Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings film fans, looks at the history of the Tolkien books and their impact on fans and the film industry.

Boston Globe correspondent offers insider's view of East Kingdom event

A Boston Globe correspondent and SCA member recently spent a day at the Market Day at Birka event in Manchester, NH.

Residents of Yuma, Arizona, get glimpse of days gone by

The Yuma Sun describes an SCA event and activities in the Shire of Burning Sands.

Ansteorran Longship Company featured in History Channel documentary

A living history group, the Ansteorran Longship Company, and their ship are featured in a documentary that will air on The History Channel in late February. Ironically, they are portraying not Vikings but Phoenicians.

Beowulf Film to Benefit American Cancer Society

A new production Beowulf: Prince of the Geats, is planned to be shot in Norway with hopes of raising US$1 million for the American Cancer Society.

Fans of medieval lore don the gear to fight with ferocity

The Peninsula Daily News reports from a heavy weapons combat practice in An Tir.

Variety: Getting the Costumes Right

Costume designers in Hollywood walk a fine line between authenticity and getting the right look for an epic film.

Scots Trade Castles in TLC Home Improvement Show

The latest twist in TLC's reality show, Trading Spaces has couples trading Scottish castles.

Medievalist Weblogs

This site is a large and well-organized collection of links to weblogs ("blogs") run by graduate students, professors, and other scholars of the Middle Ages. Dozens of sites are cataloged by the nature of the site, the type of person or group running the site, the primary content language, and the site's frequency of updates.

Miller's Tale Karaoke Style?

A six-part modern adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales has been produced by the BBC. The prime-time drama sets the famously-bawdy "Miller's Tale" in a karaoke bar.

Enthusiasm for Film Epics May be Waning

The less-than-stellar performance of the latest Hollywood epics may mean that viewers' enthusiam for the genre may be waning.

The Quarter

The Quarter is a humorous — and entirely unofficial — parody newsletter published (well, duh!) quarterly by a band of rogues and scoundrels located in Antarctica, which surprisingly is within the boundaries of the Kingdom of Trimaris. Making fun of peerages, royalty, heralds, A&S mavens, fighters, SCAtoday.net, and more heralds is all in a day's work for The Quarter. Definitely worth the reading!

New Web Magazine for SCA & Folk Musicians

AmberWyvern Studios, a recording studio and publisher that focuses on medieval and folk music and features SCA bardic arts, has announced a quarterly web-based magazine for SCAdian and folk musicians and bards.

Pennsylvania Firm Seeks Re-enactors for Film

Team Concepts, Inc., a leadership development company, is looking for re-enactors to film a version of Henry V's famous speech. The filming will take place January 8, 2005 at Valley Forge National Historic Park in Pennsylvania.

Anchorage Daily News: Students Learn Castle-Building

Third and fourth graders at Chugach Optional School are learning about the Middle Ages brick by brick as they build their own castles.

"Life of Brian" Scene Voted Funniest Ever

John Cleese's famous rant "What have the Romans done for us?" in the Monty Python film The Life of Brian has been voted the funniest movie scene ever.

Allegheny News: Reporter Gets Taste of the Middle Ages

Staff reporter Laura Dean of the Allegheny News recently visited the Polar Bear Ball in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

History Book of the Year Nominees Announced

History Today's nominees for History Book of the Year include several relating to the Middle Ages.

"Medieval Festival and Beastly Beast" demo/fundraiser stands out in modern community

The Savannah Morning News listed the "Medieval Festival and Beastly Feast," held by the SCA and Friends of Oatland, as one of the five festivals which "stood out in 2004," and they are "already looking forward to seeing each again in '05."

"Kingdom of Heaven" Trailer Released

A trailer previewing Ridley's Scott's epic film on the Crusades, Kingdom of Heaven, has been released online.

H.M.S. Dumbledore

Harry Potter and Gilbert and Sullivan fans rejoice! You can have the best of both worlds in a new musical by Caius Marcius.

NPR's Sunday Edition Features Medievalist

On Sunday December 26, 2004, NPR commentator Sheilah Kast interviewed author Eric Jager about his book The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal and Trial by Combat in Medieval France.

New Zealand Calligrapher Creative Force Behind Film Artifacts

Artist Daniel Reeve has found himself up to his ink-stained elbows in work. As the calligrapher and cartographer for the Lord of the Rings films, he is now very busy with many new projects.

Toys for Tots

A photo in the Durango Herald featuring members of the Shire of Rio de las Animas, and their donation for Mercy Medical Center.

Teaching Men to Shimmy

"Put your feet shoulder-width apart, stick your chin up, and bring your arms out sideways — it makes you look big, strong, and proud so you are ready for action."