Modern Society

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

Google Announces "Google Scholar"

Search engine giant Google has announced a new service, Google Scholar, which searches scholarly literature.

Libraries to Feature Medieval Reading Club Theme

SCA librarians across the United States are warning groups to expect to be inundated with requests for programs this summer when many facilities will feature the theme "Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds."

East Kingdom Discussion List Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Yelizaveta has announced that November 18, 2004 is the 10th anniversary of the founding of the East Kingdom Discussion List.

In praise of Dungeons & Dragons™

How many of us medieval enthusiasts owe our fascination with the Middle Ages to role-playing fantasy games played as a child? Peter Bebergal, writing for the Boston Globe, celebrates D&D's 30 year anniversary.

Falconers to Meet in Kansas

Friederich Von Blumenkamp has announced that the North American Falconers Association will hold its annual field meet November 21-26, 2004 at the Plaza Hotel in Garden City, Kansas.

A Christmas Dirge

"A Christmas Dirge" is a theatrical event being staged by Subtle Hint Productions, a comic take off on the Classic Dicken's Carol. (Not an SCA event)

The Dangers of Unsupervised Kilt-Wearing

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth was photographed recently sitting next to Colonel Simon West of the 1st Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, who apparently was careless with the arrangement of his kilt.

Knights Next Door

The Knights Next Door: Everyday People Living Middle Ages Dreams, by Patrick O'Donnell gives an inside look at the people and events of the Current Middle Ages.

East Kingdom web site defaced by protest group

Political protesters temporarily defaced the home page of the SCA's East Kingdom earlier today, replacing it with a page of their own creation.

Canadian Textile Archivist Dorothy Kate Burnham Dies in Toronto

Author and textile archivist Dorothy Burnham died October 24, 2004 in Toronto. Burnham spent over 70 years researching textiles and was formerly employed by the Royal Ontario Museum.

Roman Ghosts Sought in York

Ghost-hunters gather around Halloween to seek the spirits of Roman soldiers as part of York, England's fabled "Ghost Tour."

Dye-ing to raise money for breast cancer research

It started out as a joke on the Middle Kingdom email list, and now has grown to something potentially wonderful in the fight against breast cancer.

SCAdian Pet Discussion List Formed

Berengaria has announced a new discussion group for SCA members who like to talk about their pets.

Independent: Iceman's Finder Dies in Alps

Helmut Simon, the German mountaineer who discovered the remains of Oetzi, a prehistoric iceman, 13 years ago has died while hiking in southwestern Austria.

"Stupid English Prejudice" Colors View of Scotland

British TV historian David Starkey is being accused of "stupid English prejudice" after he claimed that Scotland was not as important as England.

AEthelmearc Woman Contestant on Jeopardy

Arkhelaia V Bolotnikova (Lori Tennant), a resident of the Kingdom of AEthelmearc, is scheduled to appear on Jeopardy this week.

Midrealm Champions Accept Challenge Against Breast Cancer

Sgt. Rutgur of the Middle Kingdom, along with the other baronial champions, has accepted a challenge by His Majesty Brannos to raise money for breast cancer research.

Garb Stolen in An Tir

Her Grace Duchess Angharad of the Kingdom of An Tir reports that garb and her ducal coronet have been stolen from her car in the Seattle area.

Beowulf & Grendel

A new film version of Beowulf, filmed in Iceland, dresses its warriors in riveted chainmail.

SCA Business web site connects buyers and sellers of period and modern services

Sir Colin MacLear is creating a web site designed to link SCAdians offering to sell or barter period or modern services with other SCAdians who are seeking those services. The site is scheduled to be online in October 2004.

Scottish historic sites threatened by global warming

Nearly one third of Scotland's 35,000 historic sites, including Skara Brae, are threatened with destruction due to coastal erosion.

Da Vinci Code Fans Flock to Historic Sites

Fans of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code are innundating sites in France in search of answers.

New York Tolkien Society

Heren Istarion is an organization dedicated to the learning and understanding of the life and works of Professor Tolkien. The organization is officially registered with the Tolkien Society UK as a "smial."

Historical Fiction: How do medieval-themed restaurants get it wrong?

Seven myths about medieval food, and how medieval-themed restaurants, like the Medieval Times restaurant chain and the Excalibur Hotel & Casino, get them wrong.

Neiman Marcus Hawks Custom Armor

Just in time for the holidays: Neiman Marcus is selling a custom-fitted suit of armor.

Toronto Star: Modern Epics More Political than 1950s Films

In an essay for the Toronto Star, columnist Philip Marchard finds today's epic films more political than those of the 1950s.

Teen Kills Neighbor with Sword

A Texas teenager allegedly used a sword to kill a neighbor during an argument.

Bloodletting may have had benefits

A new study finds that the ancient practice of bloodletting might actually have been beneficial to some patients.

DNA Shows Scottish-Spanish Relation

A new study by geneticists at Dublin’s Trinity College proves that the Irish and Scots are more closely related to Spaniards than to the Celts of central Europe.

Grand Flaming Marshmallow Balrog Contest Winner Announced

For those with lots of time on their hands, here's your chance to get involved in a new artform: Marshmallow Sculpting.