Modern Society

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

SCAdians Teach at Herr Memorial Library

"You don't grow old and you don't grow bored," said Lord BradBodad'aylward of the SCA at a recent library demo in Milton, Pennsylvania. Members helped bring the Middle Ages to children at the Herr Memorial Library's summer reading club festival.

California Man Next Earl of Essex?

A retired grocery clerk from Yuba City, CA may be the next Earl of Essex. Bill Capell, also known as the Right Honorable Lord William Capell, earned the right to put his name forward and possibly be chosen by the Queen with the death of his cousin, the last Earl of Essex.

Elves Halt Construction in Iceland

Efforts to remove several large rocks from a construction site in Kopavogur, Iceland, have led to strange happenings, leading residents to believe that the elves who live in the rocks don't want their homes destroyed.

Why Exchequers are Cool

Maestra Margherita Alessia, known as Ghita (Susan Earley), the Society Exchequer explains how and why exchequers are cool.

James Doohan dies at age 85

If they had had transporter beams and warp drives in the Middle Ages, they would have used them. And James Doohan would have been the Scotsman who squeezed 'em for every last drop of performance and then some. The man they called "Scotty" has left us today.

Crossing the Border with Rapier Equipment

Lady Aymee D'Ivry reports on her experiences on crossing the border between Canada and the United States with rapier equipment.

Lord of the Rings animated GIF: Ninja Wizards!

Lord of the Rings Animated GIF--very funny! "One does not simply walk into Mortor..." "Mordor. It's Mordor with a 'D'."

Chain Mail iPod "Cozy" Links Modern & Ancient Technologies

The joke is: "How many computers does it take to re-create the Middle Ages?" Blogger Uncle Horn Head shares the latest synergy of ancient craft combined with modern world necessity with a chain mail iPod cover created by his lady wife.

Medieval Studies Conference Seeking Papers

The 41st International Congress in Medieval Studies, to be held May 4-7, 2006 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is calling for papers to be presented. This year's theme is: The Pen and the Sword: Medieval Martial Arts in Cultural Context.

Ansteorra Firefighter Displays Tribute in NYC Museum

A hand-tooled, leather tribute created by Lord Mordane Garrett (Scot Wengland) is on display at the New York City Firefighters' Museum. Lord Mordane's work was commissioned by the Oklahoma City Fire Department as a tribute to a delegation of New York firefighters who helped with rescue in the Oklahoma City bombing and were subsequently killed in the September 11 bombing of the World Trade Center.

Reenactor Injured in Restaging of Battle of Northampton

British reenactor Kieran Robb was injured recently during a living history restaging of the 1460 Battle of Northampton. Robb was struck in the face and was reported in critical condition.

SCA Charitable Activity Database Created

Master Adam Stedefast, Deputy Society Seneschal, has announced that he will be creating a database to track charitable activity within the SCA. The deadline to report is July 31, 2005.

"Deed of Arms" at Pennsic to help fight children's leukemia

Lord Gilebert le braceeur de Dijon, a warrior in the Middle Kingdom, has announced a week-long "Deed of Arms" to raise funds to fight children's leukemia.

Stone Soup

Remember the children's tale about a neighborhood meal built around a pot of boiling water and a rock? Chiffon Staebler of Knight Ridder Newspapers looks at modern versions of the story and SCA practioners of it as well as the geological consequences of boiling rocks.

French Magazine Claims Turin Shroud a Fake

In its July 2005 issue, Science et Vie explains how an artist used medieval techiques to recreate the image on the cloth.

Quest for Cure for Children's Leukemia at Pennsic

Lord Gilbert le braceeur de Dijon has announced that he will do battle in a quest to end children's leukemia at the coming Pennsic War.

Librarian Roundtable at Pennsic

Jadwiga Zajaczkowa has announced that there will be a Librarians Roundtable at this year's Pennsic War.

Smithsonian Offering Celtic Series

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. is offering a summer series of concerts, films and lectures with a Celtic theme. The series runs June-July 2005.

Cellphone Tower Damages Japanese Burial Site

The construction of a cellphone tower near Osaka, Japan has seriously damaged a previsouly undisturbed sixth century tomb.

Young SCAdian Teaches Class to Middle Schoolers

Wulfric and Mihrimah of the Shire of Rockwall in Northshield report on a class taught recently by their daughter Aine for a Wisconsin middle school.

Roodee Highlights Roman Festival

A Roman Roodee, which includes chariot races and gladiator fights, has become a popular feature of Chester, England's Roman Festival. The event takes place June 25-26, 2005.

English DNA May Solve American Mystery

Is a skeleton found at colonial Jamestown, Virginia that of the colony's founder Capt. Bartholomew Gosnold? Scientists hope to solve the mystery by studying English DNA.

Ancient Britain Remapped

Ordnance Survey of Southampton, England, is set to release a new historical map of ancient Britain, complete with place names, roads and landmarks.

Pierpoint Morgan Library Digitalization Project

The Pierpont Morgan Library has released a massive collection of medieval manuscripts in digital form on its CORSAIR website.

Houston museum features "Middle Earth" exhibit

An article in the Galveston Daily News about the Middle Earth museum exhibit also talks about how SCAdians often have more than a passing interest in the works of Tolkien.

"Da Vinci Code" Banned from Westminster Abbey

Producers of the film version of Dan Brown's bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code have hit another roadblock. Officials of London's Westminster Abbey have refused to allow the production crew to film there.

Barenaked Shakespeare

Celeste Headlee of Detroit Public Radio reports on the Canadian rock group Barenaked Ladies' familiarity with the songs of William Shakespeare.

Minstrel Takes Beating to Help Orphans

An SCA member in Drachenwald (Europe) has announced his intention to fight one thousand fights at Pennsic War this year to help the Žirafka Orphanage in the Czech Republic. He has named this "The Fight for Kids Challenge".

Robert the Thunderous, Northshield Strongman

Isabella reports that Bigg Matt, known in the SCA as Viscount Robert the Thunderous, has been invited to compete in Pro-Nationals of the Strongman competition.

Graduate Student Researching Masters Thesis on the Pennsic War

Aelfwynn Leoflaede dohtor, a graduate student in Geography at Syracuse University, is looking for gentles attending the Pennsic War to complete a survey which will be used for her Masters Degree thesis.