Modern Society

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

"Holy Blood and the Holy Grail" author dies at 64

Author Richard Leigh, best known as one of the co-authors of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, has died in London at the age of 64. The nonfiction work proposed that Jesus Christ fathered a child and that the bloodline continues.

Pop culture breathes life into Latin

Popular movies, movie stars, and TV series such as Harry Potter, Angelina Jolie, and Star Trek are mainly entertainment, but they also have helped keep Latin in the public eye when it otherwise would be forgotten outside academia.

Roses Cancer Tournament at Estrella War XXI

Countess Mariana Vivia of Atenveldt has announced that she will host the Roses Cancer Tournament at Estrella War XXIV.

Dr. Robert Cade, inventor of Gatorade, dies in Florida

The next time you pause for a drink on the battlefield, raise your plastic jug in honor of Dr. Robert Cade, the inventor of Gatorade, who died recently of kidney failure in Jacksonville, Florida. He was 80 years old.

Darkon - the Movie

It's a dark time in the fantasy world of Darkon. Follow the adventures of a group of live-action role-players from Baltimore, Maryland as documented in the new film Darkon

Position Opening - Society Copyright Deputy

Society Chronicler is currently accepting applications for the position of Society Copyright Deputy. This is an unpaid position normally requiring less than 5 hours per week.

Office warrior weapons

Just in time for the holidays: "High quality, durable, foam latex weapons. They look real and can deliver a sweet beat down!" (video)

Fan Haven community grows in Arizona desert

SCAdian and internationally-known filker Leslie Fish has purchased land in the Arizona desert for the purpose of creating a community for fans, Pagans and SCA members.

Society for Creative Anachronism Mission Statement

The Board of Directors has created a mission statement, business statement, and value statement for the Society for Creative Anachronism.

FBI Returns Stolen Maps to Spain

Earlier this year, a man named Cesar Gomez Rivero from Uruguay allegedly walked into the Biblioteca Nacional de España and swiped a series of maps from a 15th century edition of Geographia (one of four major treatises of Ptolemy, the Greek scholar who lived in Roman Egypt during the second century).

SCAdians create "care packages" for West Kingdom soldiers

Elizabeth Margarete of the Principality of Cynagua in the West Kingdom is coordinating an effort to send care packages to those serving in the Armed Services in the Middle East.

Position Announcement: Chief Technical Officer, SCA Inc.

The SCA Inc. seeks applicants for the position of Chief Technical Officer, for a three-year term beginning April 15, 2008. This is a part-time volunteer position requiring technical leadership and a commitment of approximately 10-15 hours per week plus availability for emergencies.

Changes affect Canadian SCA participation

Meistari Katriona, Northshield Seneschal, reports that the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism has voted to lower the Non-Member Surcharge (NMS) for in Canada from the current CA$4.00 to CA$3.00 to reflect the value of the American dollar.

The Real Sherwood Forest in Danger

England's Sherwood Forest, famed in the tales of Robin Hood, has dwindled in size from 100,000 acres to a core of just 450 acres and some smaller scattered patches, leaving experts fearful for the future of its ancient oak trees.

High-resolution "Last Supper" online

An extremely high-resolution image of Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper is now available to view online. The image is presented "at 16 billion pixels - 1,600 times stronger than the images taken with the typical 10 million pixel digital camera."

Black pudding ice cream

Here's a dish for the truly adventurous: Black Pudding Ice Cream! Dowson's Dairies Ltd of Clayton-le-Dale, Blackburn, England will showcase the new flavor, complete with chunks of black pudding, at the annual Black Pudding Festival in Bacup.

Robert Goulet, Broadway's Sir Lancelot, dies at 73

Robert Goulet, best known as Sir Lancelot in the original Broadway production of Lerner and Loewe's Camelot, has died in Los Angeles at the age of 73.

Time Team reenactor dies in joust

A re-enactor, filming a segment of the BBC's Time Team series, was killed recently when a splinter from a lance flew through the eye slit of his helmet and entered his eye.

"Modern" medieval castle built in Poland

A new castle has been constructed in Byczyna near Opole, Poland for the purpose of studying medieval construction and life. The Polsko-Czeskie Centrum Szkolenia Rycerstwa (The Polish-Czech Center of Knights Training) was constructed for 4.5 milion of polish zloty.

Ye Olde Searche Engine

If you seek answers to your medieval research questions, mayhap you should seek out Google - medieval style

Tewksbury Medieval Festival plans silver anniversary

Organizers of the Tewksbury Medieval Festival (England) want to get the entire community involved when they celebrate the festival's 25th anniversary in July 2008. "We are not looking for authenticity, just something with a medieval flavour," said spokesman Amanda Thomas.

CAPTCHA used to help decipher manuscripts

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have discovered that an anti-spam tool called CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart) can be used to help computers read hand-written manuscripts.

Diabetes Fundraiser in honor of Gyrth Oldcastle

Sophia the Orange invites SCA members to join her for the American Diabetes Association's fundraising walk October 27, 2007 in Washington D.C. in memory of Duke Gyrth Oldcastle of Ravenspur. Others may donate online.

Vicipaedia Latina

Bored with the usual blog gossip sites? Want something with a little more challenge? Try Vicipaedia Latina, the Latin version of Wikipedia, a "labor of love for a small group of Latin buffs and weekend philologists whose motto might well be 'What would Julius do?'"

Medieval carnival brings British community together

Organizers of a medieval carnival to celebrate the renovation of Hulton Abbey in Stoke-on-Trent were delighted to find that it brought various community groups together.

“The Wedding at Cana” returns to Venice

In 1797, Napoleon's army confiscated the masterpiece the “Wedding at Cana” from the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice and took it back to France. Now the painting has returned home - sort of...

Bloggers compared to the printing press

In the blog Cabinet of Wonders, Heather McDougal compares the free discussion of bloggers to the dissemination of information after the creation of the printing press.

Lady Goosealot

Christmas is coming and the goose is getting... well, you know. Looking for the perfect SCAdian gift this Christmas? Consider Goose Clothes Galore's Lady Goosealot, "the height of 14th century fashion."

Medieval Maidens merit badge

Toi Poisson de Mortagne reports that Girl Scouts in the Montachusett Girl Scout Council in the Worcester, MA area have the unique opportunity to earn a "Medieval Maidens" merit badge.

Chicago Viking ship threatened - you can help

A replica Viking ship, a remnant of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, has been added to the list of the 10 most endangered landmarks in Illinois. You can help by voting to save the ship.