Modern Society

Areas of interest in the modern political, legal, economic, and technological worlds, where such items bear directly on the living history community

"Threads" offers costumers a chance to design for 1/2 scale dress forms

Threads Magazine has anncounced its 2014 American Sewing Expo (ASE) Challenge: 1/2-Scale Design Challenge on the theme of "Fashion Icons through the Ages." The contest is limited to 100 entries and garments must be finished by August 1, 2014.

Wyoming college hosts Biduum Latinum

Latin is alive and well at Students at the college are required Wyoming Catholic College where students and professors recently participated in Biduum Latinum, a Latin immersion weekend, where everyone spoke only Latin. KCWY News 13 has the story.

Wanted: Swordsmith apprentices for Edinburgh master-at-arms

Master-at-arms Paul Macdonald, of Macdonald Armouries in Edinburgh, Scotland, is looking for two apprentices. Qualifications include the ability to learn quickly and a passion for history.

Trial begins for accused murderer of Florida SCAdian

Prosecutor J. Ryan Will contends that on March 2, 2012, Scott Austin Stuut II broke into the home of his ex-girlfriend, Margaret Gee, of DeLand, Florida, and murdered her. Gee was an SCA member and Seneschal of the Shire of Vaca Del Mar. The trial began March 4, 2014.

Backers turn to the SCA for help with LARPer film

Conway, Arkansas residents John and Marette Stiritz are now movie stars - or at least they have appeared in a film, one they helped fund. The couple recently traveled to Spokane, Washington for the filming of Knights of Badassdom, a movie about LARPing. Fred Petrucelli of the Log Cabin Democrat has the story.

Randy Bevins: 21st century Viking

Police officer in Whitehall, New York - and member of the SCA - Randy Bevins is going to Mars, or at least he hopes so. Bevins was one of the 1,058 candidates chosen by Mars One, a Dutch non-profit, which plans to land a four-man crew on the planet in 2025. Bill Toscano of the Post Star has the story.

Medieval Handwriting: a Google app

Google has annonced that it now has an Android app for Medieval Handwriting.

Weapons stolen from British re-enactor

History buff and medieval re-enactor Michael St Omer of Hadlow, England is devastated by the recent theft of swords, archery gear and other equipment from his parents' garage. "I can replace the weapons but they were the first ones I ever had and they meant a lot to me," he said.

"We are the collateral descendants of Richard III, we speak on behalf of him"

The Plantagenet Alliance has not given up. They want the bones of their king. Who are these people? "We are the collateral [non-direct] descendants of Richard III, we speak on behalf of him, the only people who can speak on behalf of him," replied Vanessa Roe, the group's spokesperson.

Will and Kate's conjugal arms

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has approved the conjugal arms of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, a combination of the coats of arms of the Royal Family and the Middleton arms.

Russian Military History Society christens re-enactment theme park

Moscow has a attraction: the Zhivaya Istoriya (Live History) theme park in the Rumyantsevo district, a theme park dedicated to historical re-enactment. he first organization to use the park was the Russian Military History Society who presented the Streletskaya Sloboda (Marksman Settlement) festival in August 2013.

Sanctuary of St. Dymphna created

Pani Magdalena Gdanska reports on a new Yahoo group, the Sanctuary of St Dymphna, which was created for SCA members dealing with mental/emotional/neurological disorders.

T-shirts for SCA members

I hope I am not violating rules here. I am designing a line of T-shirts that some SCA members might be interested in for wear outside of traditional SCA activities.

In the near future I hope to have designs that can display the sigils of individuals or groups.

“Gutenberg Parenthesis” discussed in interview

In a recent interview in Odense, Denmark, Dean Starkman of Columbia Journalism Review spoke with Thomas Pettitt and Lars Ole Sauerberg, of the University of Southern Denmark, who authored the Gutenberg Parenthesis, a theory that the digital age is much like the medieval.

Murder at the War FREE for Kindle August 29, 2013

Murder at the War (also known as Knightfall), by the SCA's own Mary Monica Pulver, is available from Amazon.com for FREE download August 29, 2013 only. The book is set at the Pennsic War.

Amnesiac mystery solved by Swedish SCA

In February 2013, a 61-year-old man woke up in a Palm Springs, California hospital, speaking Swedish and claiming his name was Johan Ek. Diagnosed with Transient Global Amnesia and identified by his ID as an American, Michael Boatwright mystified doctors until the Society for Creative Anachronism became involved. (photos)

Carolina dad builds "Doomsday Castle"

Retired Army officer Brent Bruns Sr has constructed a "Doomsday Castle" in the foothills of South Carolina. Bruns is the subject of a new television series on the National Geographic Channel. Douglas Main of LiveScience spoke to the patriarch on a recent blog.

Oyez! Oyez! A prince is born!

The recent birth of Prince George has led to a great deal of pomp and circumstance including the appearance of unofficial royal crier Tony Appleton, whose bell and bellow announced the blessed event. (video)

Traffic Detour to Pennsic

Mistress Jessa, via the East Kingdom Gazette, reports on traffic conditions at the approach to Pennsic War.

Vehicles with trailers targeted

Carowyn encourages travelers to the Pennsic War to take care in securing trailers carrying gear with a lock to prevent theft of the trailer.

Be a hero, save a life at Pennsic 42

Baroness Angelique d’Herisson reports that a Red Cross Blood Drive will again take place at this year's Pennsic War.

Project Trollhiem

Jim Revells, a.k.a. Olaf Trollhiemsfjord, is in the process of founding a company to teach traditional crafts and trades. Project Trollhiem, LLC is currently seeking funding to take their program on the road.

Help end the book famine for the blind

The blind and print disabled of the world need your help. John G. Paré Jr., Executive Director for Advocacy and Policy for the National Federation of the Blind, is promoting a petition to open copyright laws to allow publication of books in special formats like Braille and to be shared across international borders.

Medieval castles repurposed in Syrian civil war

Fortresses constructed during the Middle Ages by crusader knights are being used and fought over by both government and rebel forces who see their strategic advantages. The war has already destroyed many historic sites in the country, such as Aleppo's 11th-century minaret.

Lilies War Road Construction Notice

Lilies War Event Steward, Baroness Thyri, reports on road construction affecting travel for the upcoming War.

Medieval Times: The Movie

In a move that is tragically not part of an SCA Today April Fool's story, two Hollywood production companies are teaming up to make a movie based on Medieval Times "Dinner and Tournament" theme restaurant.

Ghengis Khan found guilty of drug charges

A man named Genghis Khan of Brooklyn, NY was found guilty of felony drug posession. Prosecutors did not say if he would be charged with conspiracy to invade China.

Youth Swordsman from Barony of the Lonely Tower Seeking Sponsors

Aiden Norris, son of Brynjolf Brandrsmitr aka Bruce, of the Barony of the Lonely Tower, has recently been accepted into the ranks of the Junior Team USA for the martial art of Kendo. His family seeks sponsors and donations to help meet mandatory travel expenses for the competitions.

Hadrian’s Wall trail faces erosion challenge

Hadrian's Wall faces a new challenge: waterlogged trails that are causing grass and soil erosion along the trail. Natural England has awarded the Hadrian’s Wall Trust UK£50,000 for drain repair, but visitors can also help.

Meridies grad student seeks living history info

Lady Cicilia Violi, a graduate student from the Savannah College of Art and Design, is seeking information from re-enactors who work and play in the living history world.