Media

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

Port Oasis celebrates 12th night

"We just take this time to share medieval foods, arts, crafts and even fencing with one another and the public," said Leland Hoburg of the Shire of Port Oasis about the group's recent 12th Night celebration. Lacie Pierson of the Huntington (West  Virginia) Herald-Dispatch has the story. (photo)

"Knights and ladies" inspire kids in Eugene, Oregon

Library assistant Cynthia Olsen wanted to introduce kids to the Middle Ages, so she invited members of the Society for Creative Anachronism to bring their knowledge and skills to the Eugene Public Library. Winston Ross of the Register-Guard has the story.

Talhoffer's Medieval Fight Book subject of National Geographic Channel documentary

Talhoffer's Medieval Fight Book is the subject of a National Geographic television program scheduled to air on January 25, 2011. Talhoffer was a knight and judge in Scandavia in the mid-1400's, and the program shows some of the fight strategies and unusual weapons Talhoffer described in his book.

Middle Ages lives in Wisconsin

The Middle Ages is alive and well in Wisconsin, at least according to Aubrey Ralph of Wisconsin Public Radio who recently visited a Northshield shire. The podcast is available in MP3 format.

SCA makes NPR's "50 Wonderful Things From 2010" list

On her NPR pop culture blog Monkey See, Linda Holmes relates the 50 Wonderful Things From 2010 she experienced including "The last 15 minutes of Lost" and a television episode involving the Society for Creative Anachronism.

SCA group celebrates 12th Night in historic West Virginia church

Members of the Incipient Shire of Ballachlagan (Kingdom of AEthelmearc) recently teamed with students from Brooke High School to celebrate Twelfth Night at Olde St. John Episcopal Church in Wheeling, West Virginia. Warren Scott of the Herald Star attended the event.

Battle cries in Cornerstone Park

Melee combat was the plan for the day at a recent fighter practice in Cornerstone Park as members of the local SCA group gathered to fight and socialize. Tom Munds of the Littleton (Colorado) Independent visited the park to learn more. (photos)

Camaraderie: best thing about the SCA

"Chivalry is a big part of the club.," Shire of Darkstone (Kingdom of Northshield) member Will Lulham said recently in an interview with Madison Carlson of the Ashland, Wisconsin Daily Press. "There is a lot less drama than you might find in other clubs." (photo)

Baronial tournament wins praise in Okinawa

In October, 2010, members of the Barony of the Far West met in the Stronghold of Battle Rock (Okinawa) to witness the tournament which would determine their new Baron and Baroness. Regie Cantu of Stars and Stripes Okinawa has the story. (photos)

SCAdian couple shows off skills to Fort Morgan Times

Martha Monsson's talents include knitting, chrocheting, spinning, and weaving. Equally impressive is her collection of histric textile tools, ranging from 19th century spinning wheels to an authentic Roman distaff.

Harry Potter flies into the classroom

With Quidditch teams forming on college campuses, it was only a matter of time before Harry Potter entered the classroom. This year, universities in the United States and England are offering a variety of classes based on the popular series.

The "romantic and intoxicating" world of the SCA

"It's impossible to just sit and watch - the more you get involved, the more of the timeless skills you begin to appreciate and learn for yourself. You realize how amazing and self-sufficient people were in this period of history," said Michelle Wagner in an interview for an article by Dana Larsen for the Pilot-Tribune (Storm Lake, Iowa).

Equestrians in the SCA

Equestrian activities in the Society for Creative Aanachronism are on the increase. In an article for The Mid-South Horse Review, Laura Lecher explains how horses have become common participants at SCA events.

"Vision" celebrates life of Hildegard von Bingen

Vision, a new film by German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta, tells the story of 12th-century Benedictine nun Hildegard von Bingen and her "her frequent skirmishes with the male-dominated Catholic hierarchy." V. A. Musetto of the New York Post has a review.

Longtime SCA member pens romance novel set in SCA

Romance author Jamaica Layne (the pen name of journalist and playwright Jill Elaine Hughes, who is known in the SCA as "Lady Marissa de Courette") has written a contemporary romance novel set in the Society for Creative Anachronism.

SCA author alleges theft of article by print magazine

In 2005, Monica Gaudio wrote an article entitled A Tale of Two Tarts for Ice Dragon and allowed it to be published on the Godecookery.com website. Recently the entire article was published without permission in Cooks Source Magazine, producing an explosion of commentary on the Internet.

"Magistri" to bring Latin to British schoolchildren

The Iris Project wants to bring the classics to British schools. To that end, the charity is sending "Oxford University undergraduates into primary schools in Blackbird Leys, Headington and Kidlington to teach the ancient language to nine and 10-year-olds."

Amtgard thrives near UC Davis campus

The action is hot and heavy on Sunday afternoons at Carmichael Park in Sacramento, California as members of the local Amtgard chapter battle each other with foam weapons. Jill Duman of the Sacramento Bee has the story. (photos)

Barony of Nordskogen hosts medieval fair

For the third straight year, members of the Barony of Nordskogen in Northshield have entertained and educated the public at the Eagan Medieval Fair. Photographer Andrew Miller of This Week was on hand to capture choice moments. (photos)

SCA and MSR members extras for "Running Wilde"

Several SCA and MSR (Medieval Scenarios and Recreation) members were on hand recently to serve as extras at Sands Point Preserve in New York for a filming of the Fox television series Running Wilde. Farrah Weinstein of the Port Washington Patch has the story. (photos and video)

SCA entertains crowd in Keokuk

Members of the SCA joined forces with actors to participate in the first Mrs. Ippy Dam Renaissance Faire held recently at Hubinger Landing in Keokuk, Iowa. Jeff Hunt of The Hawk Eye has the story. (photos)

Scott Farrell discusses modern chivalry on "These Days on KPBS"

On September 9, 2010, Maureen Cavanaugh interviewed Scott Farrell, AKA Duke Guillaume de la Belgique, about chivalry in the modern age for the radio program These Days on KPBS. Farrell is a contributor to the new book Martial Arts and Philosophy.

Fairies and pirates at Santa Fe Renaissance Fair

14th century Spain was the setting for the recent Santa Fe Renaissance Fair where costumed performers and members of the SCA welcomed the public to step back in history and become a "pirateer or a nobleman." Phaedra Haywood  of the Santa Fe New Mexican has the story. (photos)

SCAdians bring Middle ages to Maine

Knights and maidens stormed a different type of castle recently when members of the SCA took part in a medieval fair at Fort Knox, Maine. Station WABI-TV5 has a video preview.

SCA and Markland at Village Renaissance Fair

The citizens of Wrightstown, PA interacted with Maid Marian and the Sheriff of Nottingham, while members of the SCA and the Markland Medieval Mercenary Militia offered demonstrations of medieval combat and crafts at the recent Wrightstown Library Village Renaissance Faire. Manasee Wagh of the Bucks County Courier Times has the story.

Advice from an "old redneck"

Curt Booth is administrative secretary in the College of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona. The Honorable Lord Fergus DeBotha is an archer in the SCA. Steven Kwan of the Arizona Daily Wildcat interviewed them both (the same person, actually) for a recent piece in the student paper.

Anglo-Saxon ring centerpiece of BBC archaeology program

An exceptional gold ring, sporting "four beasts' heads with inlaid blue and yellow glass eyes" will be featured on a new BBC program Digging for Britain, focussing on Bristol, England and Berkeley Castle. (photo)

Lions Road podcast returns for Season 2

Bringing the known world together on-line the Lions Road  continues podcasting its weekly show about the SCA, history and fun.

As before, the podcast remains free, independent, non-commercial, and non-profit.

Middle Ages: "the default historical playground"

The great interest in medieval themes by the public has led academics to create a new educational organization: The Society for the Public Understanding of the Middle Ages, which was formed during the International Congress on Medieval Studies to address how the general public views the historical period.

Collage video introduces the SCA

Captain Porthos of Atenveldt sat down with a friend and put together a video that was meant to try and explain to their mundane friends, what it is that SCA folk do. Their video collage of still portraits is shared on YouTube.