Modern Society

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

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.

Medievalist Norman Cantor Dies

Noted medievalist Norman Cantor is dead at 74, according to an article in the New York Times' obituary section.

Own a Piece of Sherwood Forest!

A square foot plot of Sherwood Forest is being auctioned on eBay.

Mexican Wal-Mart Thought to Disturb Physic Balance of Ancient City

Protesters claim that the construction of a new grocery store near the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacan will upset the "cosmic equilibrium" of the area.

Reading Causes Backstrain!

Tony Gabriele of the Daily Press offers a warning to parents: Don't teach your children to read!

Washington D.C. National Mall to Host "Knit-Out"

The Third Annual Knit-Out & Crochet will take place Sunday September 19, 2004 from noon until 5:00 p.m. at the National Mall (Near Mall entrance of Natural History Museum-Smithsonian Metro) in Washinton D.C.

Yule Revel and Toys for Tots Tournament

Greetings and Much Love! We send this missive to invite all to join us on December 4th, 2004, for our Annual Yule Revel and not-so Annual Toys for Tots Tournaments. We have made some changes this year, and hope to make this one the best ever!

Paris Museum Garden Inspired by Tapestry

The medieval garden at the Hotel de Cluny, France's National Museum of the Middle Ages, was inspired by medieval tapestries.

Authorities Seeking Info in Alleged Assault at PW 33

Police in Butler County, Pennsylvania, are seeking leads to identify a person who assaulted and wounded a woman at Pennsic 33. (Story posted by request of the woman who was attacked.)

British Survey Shows Lack of Historical Knowledge

A British survey taken in conjunction with the BBC television series Battlefield Britain shows that a surprising number of Brits have gaps in their knowledge of history.

Pennsic Blood Drive a Success!

Angelique d'Herrison reports the results of this year's Red Cross blood drive at Pennsic XXXIII.

Remembering the Dream: Collecting the Oral History of the SCA

Lady Lile Dubh inghean ui Mordha, of the East Kingdom, plans to chronicle the SCA's history by collecting stories.

Renaissance Fair insurer backs out

Popular activities, including archery and thrown weapons, have been cancelled at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, since the fair's insurance was terminated due to a "recent high rate of claims."