Modern Society

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

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. http://herenistarion.org/ringbearersday/.

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.

"Medieval Festival and Beastly Beast" demo/fundraiser stands out in modern community

The Savannah Morning News listed the "Medieval Festival and Beastly Feast," held by the SCA and Friends of Oatland, as one of the five festivals which "stood out in 2004," and they are "already looking forward to seeing each again in '05."

Sentence reduced for man convicted in Leicester archaeology case

Raymond Tebble, a man recently convicted of "going equipped for theft" to an archaeological site in southern England, has reported to SCAtoday.net that he is a free man, after winning a court appeal that reduced the penalty to a moderate fine.

"Kingdom of Heaven" Trailer Released

A trailer previewing Ridley's Scott's epic film on the Crusades, Kingdom of Heaven, has been released online.

List of Orgazations to Aid Tsunami Victims Online

Will Campion of the LegioDraconis staff has posted a list of sites where donations to tsunami relief organizations can be made.

Æthelmearc peers suffer serious house fire

On the night of Monday, December 27, 2004, the home/apartment building owned by Viscount Master Sir Haakon was ravaged by fire.

H.M.S. Dumbledore

Harry Potter and Gilbert and Sullivan fans rejoice! You can have the best of both worlds in a new musical by Caius Marcius.

Prince Alaric and Princess Noelle of the Midrealm United in Marriage

Their Royal Highnesses Prince Alaric and Princess Noelle of the Midrealm were joined in marriage mundanely on Saturday, December 18. Katerin ferch Gwenllian has provided this report of the festive occasion.

An Tir Travel List Created

Baroness Khalja, An Tir Campmaster for Estrella 2005, reports that a discussion list for out-of-kingdom travel has been created.

NPR's Sunday Edition Features Medievalist

On Sunday December 26, 2004, NPR commentator Sheilah Kast interviewed author Eric Jager about his book The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal and Trial by Combat in Medieval France.

New Zealand Calligrapher Creative Force Behind Film Artifacts

Artist Daniel Reeve has found himself up to his ink-stained elbows in work. As the calligrapher and cartographer for the Lord of the Rings films, he is now very busy with many new projects.

Ireland's Seat of Kings Threatened

Plans to build a highway close to Ireland's historic Hill of Tara have caused controversy.

24 Hour Museum: Man Sentenced to Prison for Theft of Artifacts

Raymond Tebble of South Shields, England, was convicted of "going equipped for theft" to an archaeolical site in Leicestershire, England, and was sentenced to one month in prison. His metal detector was confiscated.