Areas of interest in the modern political, legal, economic, and technological worlds, where such items bear directly on the living history community
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-08-26 08:51
"I am a knight. I'm trying to be that symbol of something that is incorruptible... and never to fail my duty, which is to be a knight and be good and be an example," said Quebec resident Vincent Gabriel Kirouac about his cross-Canada right to promote chivalry.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-08-21 18:54
“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die,” says Inigo Montoya in the Princess Bride. Joe Posnanski, writing on JoeBlog about the 2012 Olympic Games, laments that there was not more Inigo Montoya in the competition.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-08-09 15:49
Developers at the Centre for Advanced Software Technology (Cast) at Bangor University in Wales hope that their new smartphone technology will allow visitors to really enjoy the detail of the historic site.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-08-05 09:16
The increase in the number of female soldiers in combat has prompted American engineers to design better-fitting body armor for women. Their inspiration: Xena: Warrior Princess, "with more curves in the chest and hips."
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-07-26 11:58
While slightly off-topic, this blog article from ABC News could save a life, especially with Pennsic coming. The article by Elisabeth Leamy teaches How to Use Fire Extinguishers Correctly: Think P.A.S.S. (You do keep a fire extinguisher in your camp, right?)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-07-08 21:14
Spring is prom season, and for the 12th straight year, Duck Tape Brand has encouraged teens to use their creativity to win scholarships in the Stuck at Prom contest by designing innovative duct tape promwear. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-07-07 17:18
Across the United States, people have longed to live out their medieval dreams by owning castles, and some have achieved their dreams. Marti Attoun of American Profile has the story.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-07-05 09:41
Catherine Koehler reports that Epilogue, an online series dealing with plague and time travel, premiered on July 1, 2012. The series was partially filmed at the Ozark Medieval Fortress before it closed earlier this year.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-07-03 19:01
Cassie Carpenter, a reporter for the Daily Mail, takes a look at the set of the upcoming Peter Jackson film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, set to be released December 13, 2012. The article includes a trailer for the film. (video)
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Fri, 2012-06-22 19:20
Knight Rider and Baywatch star David Hasselhoff has been visiting castles in Wales. Welsh news outfit the Caerphilly Observer tracked the star as he visited Caerphilly Castle, Cardiff Castle, and Castell Coch.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-06-21 11:07
OK, it isn't period to the Middle Ages, but we all love O Fortuna from Carmina Burana, right? It's the soundtrack from Excalibur, after all. But do you know the lyrics? Or only think you do...
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-06-14 21:33
Freelance journalist Lizzie Stark wrote the book on LARPing, literally. Her Leaving Mundania explains the fantasy world of Live Action Role Playing games from D&D-types to Nordic avant-garde art LARP. She explains the appeal in a short video for the BBC.
Submitted by ladykalessia on Tue, 2012-06-12 18:58
Neal Stephenson and the members of Subutai Corporation want your support to make a martial combat game that doesn't rely on pulling a plastic trigger to simulate sword strokes. The goal for the first iteration of the project will be to realistically simulate two-handed longsword combat.
Submitted by Justin on Wed, 2012-05-30 13:19
The owners of Cooper's Lake Campground, site of the SCA's Pennsic War, have signed a mineral rights contract that allows hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") on the property at some future time. The contract has led to concerns from some Pennsic attendees, and a blog post by this year's Pennsic Mayor responding to those concerns.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-05-18 06:38
Archery enthusiasts may wish to watch a video clip, posted on YouTube, of the 2012 Indoor Archery World Championships in Las Vegas.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-05-14 18:23
The education of school children in Northampton, England will be poorer after the theft of a van containing costumes and equipment belonging to re-enactor Steve Parish. Parish, who runs Past Alive, teaches children about English history.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2012-05-10 19:06
The cruise ship Minerva offers more than just sun and sea. With on-board historians, a 5,000 volume library, and obscure port locations, the cruise line offers dream vacations for history buffs who have time and a lot of money to spare.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-05-09 19:53
Morgan reports that Mistress Eithni has created a new wiki for travel recommendations targeting the historically minded. The wiki includes travel tips, discussions, and a page for photos and videos.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-05-06 16:31
"This is a disgusting attack on York's heritage and those responsible should be deeply ashamed," said a North Yorkshire Police spokesman about recent graffiti inscribed on the ruins of York's 12th century St Leonard's Hospital. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2012-04-22 16:19
Performers dressed as gladiators will no longer be able to make money having their photos taken with tourists, according to city officials. NPR commentator Renee Montagne has the brief audio report for Morning Edition.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-04-21 19:12
In a world where the college experience usually involves football and parties, students of Justin McDaniel's religious studies class at the University of Pennsylvania should expect something differrent: a firsthand experience of what it's like to be a monk.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-04-18 19:26
Police in Dublin, Ireland are puzzled by the theft of the heart of St Laurence O'Toole, a 12th century relic housed at Christ Church Cathedral. The heart, in a wooden box, was stolen March 2, 2012 when the protective metal bars were cut.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-04-13 20:02
The hit film The Hunger Games, whose heroine is proficient with a bow, has sparked interest in the sport of archery.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-04-05 13:54
Rochdale, England pub manager and re-enactor Neil Ashton never expected to enlist his medieval skills to defend his home until two robbers climbed in a window, causing Ashton to reach for the nearest weapon, his six-foot spear.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Thu, 2012-03-29 09:44
Damon Albarn, frontman of Blur and Gorillaz, is turning his attention to an even more arcane topic than animated musical monkeys: 16th century intellectural John Dee.
Submitted by Justin on Thu, 2012-03-22 12:37
Thomas W. Hughes, President of the SCA Inc., has announced that H & R Block, a major income tax preparation firm in the U.S., has agreed to make a donation to the SCA Inc. for each new customer who has the company prepare their tax return this year.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-03-07 22:02
Kevin Guthrie, the president of Ithaka, the nonprofit organization that runs JStor, the online database which archives 1,400 academic journals, has annouced that the subscription service will allow users to view 70 journals after registering with the website.
Submitted by Sabine Berard on Wed, 2012-02-29 10:50
Come tax season, many of us feel like we are going into armored combat. This is easy for Duke Maynard von dem Steine, featured in an advertising campaign for accounting firm Freed Maxick.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2012-02-24 21:16
Police in the village of Foy, near Ross-on-Wye, England, are looking for a medieval burial stone stolen from St Mary's Church on January 5, 2012. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2012-02-21 13:52
Roger Bamkin, of Wikimedia UK, has invited the public to take part in an experiment: chronicle life in Monmouth. The online encyclopaedia will create Monmouthpedia, a site where citizens and visitors can "contribute articles and photographs on interesting and notable places, people, artefacts and other aspects of Monmouth life."