Modern Society

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

New List Discusses Canadian SCA Incorporation

A new Yahoo! Groups discussion list has been started to investigate the issues surrounding the possible formation of a Canadian SCA Corporation.

Peep Jousting 101

Looking for activities to liven up your Easter celebration? Consider Peep Jousting!

Noble deeds from the Barony of “Shorn

The Baron and Baroness of Sun Dragon, along with 24 others, celebrated the last court of Their Excellencies by donating their hair to help children whose hair has been lost due to illness.

Gun Control Leads South Africans to Medieval Methods of Protection

Tighter gun control laws in South Africa are causing more and more South Africans to purchase medieval weapons for their own protection.

German club in Pittsburgh recreates authentic Schlachtfest

Marlene Parrish, reporting for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, describes how the 150-year-old Teutonia Mannerchor club performs an authentic Schlachtfest (Slaughter Festival) on the north side of Pittsburgh.

Writer Andre Norton Dies at Age 93

The first exposure many SCA members have had to fantasy and science fiction stories was from author Andre Norton. She died March 17, 2005 at the age of 93.

Black Plague has Effect on HIV

A recent medical study by researchers at the University of Liverpool concludes that the Black Plague of the Middle Ages may have increased modern Europeans' resistance to HIV.

Codex Sinaiticus to be Digitized

The Codex Sinaiticus, the earliest copy of the New Testament, is scheduled to be digitized and published on CD-ROM.

Merchant of Venice Comes to Film

Baron Tibor of Rock Valley recently attended the latest film version of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice and wrote a review.

Archaeologist Killed on Site of Roman Dig

An Austrian archaeologist was killed when the pit he was excavating collapsed.

Alnwick Castle's Poison Garden

The Duchess of Northumberland has a black thumb, at least when it comes to her celebrated poison garden.

Pennsic attendees bid fond farewell to Ed Wilver

Baron Ed Wilver, a member of the staff of Cooper's Lake Campground where Pennsic is held each year, died on March 4 at the age of 72.

Queen Elizabeth II bestows honorary knighthood on Bill Gates

Bill Gates, the multibillionaire founder of Microsoft Corporation, has been named a Knight Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

Underachiever Films

Underachiever Films is the production company offering Estrella XX (A Beautiful War). The feature-length documentary was created as an introduction to the SCA and features 45 minutes of armoured combat footage as well as interviews with SCA folk.

New email discussion group focuses on Greek persona development

Feeling Hellenic today? A new email discussion list created by Kurios (Lord) Charismos of Lacedaemon is all about Greek (Hellenic) history and persona development.

"How Science Survived--Medieval Manuscripts as Fossils"

The February 25 issue of Science magazine features an article about estimating the quantity of medieval knowledge that has survived in scribal form, versus the amount that has been lost to us due to destruction of the manuscripts over time.

News Tribune: Sixth Graders Learn About the Middle Ages at Medieval Fair

Reporter Natalie Fieleke of the Jefferson City (Missouri) News Tribune covered the recent Medieval Fair at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, in which students learned about the Middle Ages from SCA members.

New email discussion group for fans, critics of historic films

For persons who are interested in discussing historic films — primarily their accuracy — Baron Folo of the Middle Kingdom announces the formation of a new mailing list, called HistoricFilms.

"Da Vinci Code" Put on Trial

A museum in Lornardo Da Vinci's hometown Vinci, Italy, is holding a trial to sort out the facts from fiction in Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code.

Japan to permit female succession

Lacking a male heir, the Japanese government is creating a new law to allow a woman to succeed to the Imperial throne for the first time in two centuries.

Middle Kingdom Knight undertakes quest of endurance for the sake of ladies' health

Sir Dilan Mac AnTsaier of the Midrealm plans to fight 200 bouts in four hours, accepting pledges to raise money in the fight against breast cancer, on behalf of Her Majesty Rebekah.

Master Andrixos Scores Big on "Millionaire"

Steven Boyd, known as Master Andrixos Seljukroctonis in the SCA, did very well in his recent appearance on the game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" Spoiler: If you have yet to watch your tape, please don't read further.

Joyous news in Barony of Brendoken

The Marche of Alderford's Masque of Courtly Love event, in the Barony of Brendoken, featured fighting, classes, a feast, a mystery play — and a really big surprise for one lucky lady!

Ben Schragger sentenced to "up to 62-1/2 years" prison

The former East Kingdom Dean of Pages, Lord Ben the Steward, was sentenced today in Lehigh County Court as his child molestation trial winds down at last.

SCAdian from Calontir to appear on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"

Steven Boyd, known in the SCA as Master Andrixos Seljukroctonis, owner of Calontir Trim, will appear on the daytime gameshow "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" on Thursday, February 17.

SCA: Organization of the Week

Anne McMillan Goodale of Nevada's Fallon Star Press reviews the Society for Creative Anachronism as her "Organization of the Week."

SCA Barbie and Ken

Just pull the string and hear them say "What time does fighting begin?" or "Stop looking at HER and pay attention to ME!" It's SCA Barbie & Ken!

"Lord of the Rings" fans get their own film

Ringers: Lord of the Fans, a new film about Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings film fans, looks at the history of the Tolkien books and their impact on fans and the film industry.

Enthusiast plans "Reenactment Fest" event

Mike Bollow, a reenactment enthusiast, is in the early stages of planning a "reenacting convention" that would welcome members — and interested visitors — from reenactment organizations across many time periods and cultures.

Schragger faces first of several sentencing hearings

Ben Schragger, formerly known as Lord Ben the Steward, appeared in court in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. It was the first of several hearings scheduled in the sentencing phase of his trial for sexual assault of minors.