Media

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

Escaping to the geek world of the SCA

In a recent blog, The Gauntlet explores the motives behind geeks and nerds, especially those in the Society for Creative Anachronism, who choose to "escape" from society to an ideal world.

Journalist investigates Robin Hood legend on Discovery Channel

Just in time to cash in on publicity for the upcoming Robin Hood movie, the Discovery Channel presents The Legends of Robin Hood with Olly Steeds, May 13, 2010. The program premieres at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

Midrealmer's work on National Geographic Channel

Medieval bookmaker Randy Asplund, RanthulfR in the Society for Creative Anachronism, reports that several of his books will be used as props on an upcoming program about the Malleus Maleficarum, entitled The Witch Hunter's Bible.

Blackstone Raids: They came for the coal!

"The Middle Kingdom had come to AEthelmarc to raid their coal," writes staff reporter Veronica Nett of the Charleston Gazette, who was present at AEthelmearc's annual Blackstone Raids event. Her article features a photo album and numerous interviews of SCA folk.

Midrealm King declared an imposter

In a shocking turn of events, the Dread Lord Dag, King of the Middle Kingdom, was revealed to be an imposter in His own Court. Diane Brunner of the Dayton Renaissance and Medieval Events Examiner has the story. (updated with additional links)

The Battle of 6th Street

Cars drove a little more slowly on 6th Street in Great Falls, Montana, as they goggled at members of the Shire of Stan Wyrm, Kingdom of Artemisia, practicing their armored combat moves. David Sherman of KRTV News has the story. (photos & video)

Robin Hood: the Man, the Myth, the Movies

In a wide-ranging feature article, Stephen Moss discusses the development of the Robin Hood legend, its possible historical bases, and the new film starring Russell Crowe.

Robin Hood: "creature of the media"

In October of 2009, Robin Hood fans and foes gathered for the International Association for Robin Hood Studies, a three-day conference at the University of Rochester in New York. The conference "featured a series of events that highlighted Robin Hood’s status as a creature of the media."

"Anonymous" looks at the subject of Shakespeare authorship

Ronald Emmerich, who directed such major films as 2012 and Independence Day, will take on a less earth-shaking project with his new project Anonymous. The film will investigate whether Edward de Vere was the real author of Shakespeare's plays.

Ludus Videus?

The original version of the game Final Fantasy is now available with a Latin patch that translates most of the game dialogue. They do say the best way to learn a language is by using it!

National Geographic Channel to air program on Staffordshire Hoard

On Sunday April 25, 2010, the National Geographic Channel will repeat Lost Gold of the Dark Ages, a program on the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard, the amazing golden treasure found recently in the English Midlands.

Khevron.com and Heraldrydiculous Comics

The Khevron.com is a personal web site run by West Kingdom herald. The diverse site includes, among other things, Heraldrydiculous heraldry comic/video album, Oertha Armorial, West Kingdom Roll of Arms, wearable heraldry, and an SCA- and heraldry-themed Cafe Press shop.

Creating medieval magic in Maine

For the children of Bangor, Maine, the Middle Ages came to life recently as members of the Shire of Endewearde (East Kingdom) created a magical, medieval world at the Maine Discovery Museum. Reporter Meg Haskell, of the Bangor Daily News, spoke with both re-enactors and their mesmerized guests. (photo & video)

Starz TV to produce series based on Arthurian legend

In the spirit of the successful TV series The Tudors, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht will take on the Arthurian legend. The 10-episode Camelot is scheduled to premiere in early 2011.

Song of the Skywalkers

On his blog, Tattúínárdœla saga, Norse scholar Jackson Crawford discusses the "complicated textual tradition that lies behind George Lucas’s “Star Wars,” which few outside the scholarly community realize is a modern rendition of an old Germanic legend of a fatal conflict between a father and his treacherous son."

Gift subscriptions to CA and TI

Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the SCA Inc. Board of Directors, has published a reminder about subscriptions to several of the SCA's informational publications.

Not reenacting, re-creating

What's the difference between reenacting and re-creating? That's the question asked by reporter Winston Ross of the Eugene, Oregon Register-Guard when he visted the recent 18th annual Frontier Heritage Fair.

Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth to be mini-series

In July 2010, Starz Entertainment will premiere an 8-hour mini-series basis on Pillars of the Earth, the novel by Ken Follett which chronicles the construction of a cathedral in 12th century England.

Students, scholars and SCA join for medieval experience

Students from Presque Isle Middle School in Maine learned about the Middle Ages March 23 by taking on the role of a medieval villager. Reporter Jen Lynds of the Bangor Daily News has the preview.

Preview issue of BBC History Magazine available online

Jane Stockton reports that BBC History Magazine is offering a free 14-page digital preview drawn from the March 2010 issue of the magazine.

SCA: "Creating its own legends"

In an extensive feature article on the SCA, Matthew Lickona of the San Diego Reader writes of his visit to a tournament in Lakeside, California's El Monte Park and discusses the organization with various prominent SCA members.

Feature-length "Rome" in the works

Bruno Heller, creator of the hit TV series Rome, has announced plans for a feature-length film.

Steel, stamina - and some good duct tape!

Mithila Mangedarage staff reporter for the Minnesota State University, Mankato, Reporter recently learned about one of the university's most unusual student activities: the College of Rivenwood Tower.

An Tir event brings together medieval and modern

The shire of Ambergard in An Tir hosted its War in the Oasis event recently, attracting almost 200 armoured combatants for a day of melee fun. Mike Irwin, from the Wenatchee World newspaper was on hand to observe the battles.

Northshield authors celebrate publication of novels

Two novelists from the Kingdom of Northshield have announced the recent publication of books.

"Secret of Kells nominated for Academy Award

The Secret of Kells, an animated film directed by Tomm Moore, has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

"How serious can you be dressed in a kilt?"

Bystanders came face to face with the Middle Ages recently at Machado Elementary School in Lake Elsinore, California. Justin and Ashley Katz of San Jose decided to give the activities a try. "I've never used a bow before, but it's just something I've always wanted to do," Justin said. "It seems fun and the people are extremely nice. I think I'll be back." The Morgan Hill Times has the story.

"Some people fish on the weekend, I'm a 12th Century Catalan knight"

The SCA is graying. Now members, some of whom have been affiliated with the Society for over 20 years, are seeking new blood - sometimes using offbeat tactics such as Craig's List. Reporter Josh Shaffer of the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer has the story.

Brave SCAdians attempt to save life of fire victim

THL Sofia Tyzes (Zsof), reports on the attempt by two members of the Barony of the Cleftlands (Cleveland, Ohio) to save a neighbor from a house fire. Fox 8 New's Autumn Ziemba has the story. (video)

Dancing and fighting SCA-style at the University of New Mexico

It was a typical Monday night in the Student Union Building of the University of new Mexico as members of the local SCA group learned Amoroso dance steps from instructor Laura Smalley. Reporter Candance Hsu of the university's Daily Lobo stopped by to learn about the SCA.