Modern Society

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

"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.

Volate, Aquilae, Volate!

Philadelphia Eagles fans can now cheer on their Super Bowl team — in Latin.

Board seeks commentary on proposed policy change for youth combat

Meg Baron, SCA President, reports that the Board of Directors is seeking comments on a proposed Corpora change involving combat authorizations for minors.

Groundhog Day

No, this message isn't going to repeat in an endless loop.... Curious about the medieval origins of Groundhog Day. Dame Aoife has found the answer. Sword and Duct Tape Used in McDonald's Robbery

A McDonald's restaurant in Winnipeg, Canada was robbed recently at swordpoint.

Outlands White Scarf Talan Andolini injured in car accident

Talan Andolini, White Scarf of the Outlands, has been injured in a very serious car accident.

Variety: Getting the Costumes Right

Costume designers in Hollywood walk a fine line between authenticity and getting the right look for an epic film.

Scots Trade Castles in TLC Home Improvement Show

The latest twist in TLC's reality show, Trading Spaces has couples trading Scottish castles.

Gallowglass Academy

The Gallowglass Academy is a professional martial arts school that provides classes on rapier, schlager, and fencing combat techniques. They also offer modern-world self-defense classes in martial arts and firearms.

Atenveldter Makes Real History

HL Mikhail Andreyevich Putnikov called Misha has been making history. In the modern world, Misha is Mike Bushroe, an engineer working through the University of Arizona on the Huygens Probe that landed on the moon, Titan.

12th Knight Auction a Success

Sir Daniel of the Kingdom of AnTir reports that the recent 12th Knight charity auction, held to benefit the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, was a great success.

A New Citizen in Trimaris

With great joy, Julienne la Courtois and Antonio de Escobar of the Shire of Sea March in the Kingdom of Trimaris announce the birth of Zoe Abigail Cano on December 28, 2004.

Ringbearer's Day 2005

The New York Tolkien Society and Marymount Manhattan College is happy announce New Yorks 50th Anniversary Celebration of The Lord of the Rings.

Miller's Tale Karaoke Style?

A six-part modern adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales has been produced by the BBC. The prime-time drama sets the famously-bawdy "Miller's Tale" in a karaoke bar.

Enthusiasm for Film Epics May be Waning

The less-than-stellar performance of the latest Hollywood epics may mean that viewers' enthusiam for the genre may be waning.

Barony of Grey Niche to Hold Blood Drive

Falada of the Barony of Grey Niche in Meridies has announced that the barony will hold a blood drive at its Candlemas Collegium event February 5, 2005.

Madelyn Ann Kelly Born in the Kingdom of Atlantia

Baroness Briana of the Barony of Stierbach has announced that her barony has grown with the birth of Madelyn Ann Kelly, daughter of Lady Grace Whyting and Lord Sean McKelly.

Medieval Winter Festival

All Fighters are Invited to attend the first annual: Medieval Winter Festival - January 15, 2005.

Alina and Midair Proud Parents in Midrealm

THL Alina Foxwood and Master Midair MacCormaic, of the Middle Kingdom, are the proud parents of their second child, Cassandra Lynn.

Pennsylvania Firm Seeks Re-enactors for Film

Team Concepts, Inc., a leadership development company, is looking for re-enactors to film a version of Henry V's famous speech. The filming will take place January 8, 2005 at Valley Forge National Historic Park in Pennsylvania.

AnTir Knights to Hold Benefit Auction

Sir Daniel of the Kingdom of An Tir, has announced that an auction of items donated by An Tir knights will be held at the upcoming Kingdom 12th Night celebration. Money raised will benefit the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Anchorage Daily News: Students Learn Castle-Building

Third and fourth graders at Chugach Optional School are learning about the Middle Ages brick by brick as they build their own castles.

No Aoife's Links this week

"If you don't mind I'll have a stiff scotch and a good scrub, rather than take several hours to do web research," quoth Dame Aoife, explaining why a (fortunately minor) car fire prevented an installment of Aoife's Links this week.

James Ossary Discoverer Charged with Forgery

An Israeli collector has been charged with forgery in the case of the "James Ossary," the burial box of the brother of Jesus.

Pagan Artifact Destroyed in English Church

A mystery surrounds the destruction of a pagan carving which has resided in an English church for 800 years.

Allegheny News: Reporter Gets Taste of the Middle Ages

Staff reporter Laura Dean of the Allegheny News recently visited the Polar Bear Ball in the Kingdom of Atlantia.

History Book of the Year Nominees Announced

History Today's nominees for History Book of the Year include several relating to the Middle Ages.

"Save the Psalter" Campaign Still Needs Donations

A fund-raising campaign by England's National Art Collections Fund to attempt to keep the 14th-century Macclesfield Psalter in the country has fallen short by UK£100,000.