Modern Society

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

Fake 'gladiators' outside Roman sites run afoul of local authorities

Re-enacting can be a lot of fun, but it can also be lucrative if you happen to live near the Colosseum or other prominent Roman tourist attractions. Unfortunately, not all of the costumed characters are upstanding in their dealings.

Calligrapher to the stars

Professional Calligrapher DeAnn Singh has done everything from historic reproductions for movie sets to the personal scrapbooks of celebrities. She has been passionate about her work for 30 years, and practices both ancient and modern letters.

LARPers take on Hell in upcoming film

What happens when a gang of medieval LARPers summon a demon from hell? A comedy/horror film entitled Knights of Badassdom, that's what. View the trailer online. (PG-13)

The other big war

While the war between the East and the Middle raged on, another battle is took place near Hanover Germany, this one for a conquest of an mythical land. The Conquest of Mythodea claims to be the world's largest LARP.

Viking longship sails on "Wings of Hope"

Jack reports that he has uploaded two videos of the christening and launching of Calontir's cardboard longship as part of a fund raiser for the Wings of Hope charity.

Disney princesses get historical makeover

Anyone who loves, or interacts with, a little girl is bound to be familiar with the "Disney Princesses," the heroines of movies whose costumes have inspired many a Halloween. Now LA-based illustrator Claire Hummel reinterprets the costumes with an historian's eye.

Gamers converge on Germany

Consider the result of a mashup of Pennsic merchants, Costume Con, and thousands of gamers of all kinds, and you will imagine Role Play Convention 2011, held this year in Germany. Video in German on YouTube.

Medieval knights are strange inspiration to Mexican drug cartel

The Knights Templar is no longer just a historic group shrouded in mystery. A violent Mexican drug cartel has been founded under the same name, and espouses its own code of conduct and chivalry.

Free research downloads from Amazon.com

Thegn Grimmund Blackwing reports that Amazon.com is offering free downloads of several books of interest to medieval scholars. The downloads are available for the Kindle or for other e-reader apps.

Medieval meets modern in artist's paintings

Lillias reports that Chum McLeod, an artist from Barrie, Ontario, has created a blog featuring illuminated capitals blending modern watercolor techniques with familiar medieval designs.

Pennsic XL Skate Up

Mana Borisova Tchekrygina is seeking a few good skaters for a Pennsic XL skate up to take place offsite during the War.

Same-gender couples welcomed to An Tir Champions Tourney Lists

Sunday morning, under an unseasonal July drizzle that brought mist rising from the hills, Viscount Sir William MacBrennan, inspired by Maestro Eduardo Francesco Maria Lucrezia and Mistress Ariel de Courtenay, fighting for her lady Sarah Patrick Stewart, Defender of the West, proudly entered the Champions list of An Tir.

Relaxing with Latin over coffee

Students at Liberty Common High School in Fort Collins, Colorado, are not totally taking a summer break from their studies. Marques Kem's Latin class will meet over coffee to discuss The Aeneid by Virgil.

Spirit of the Vikings upheld in cardboard boat

Baron Dahrien Cordell reports that a group of friends from the Barony of Three Rivers in Calontir plan to build an entry for the Wings of Hope charity cardboard boat race. Their entry: a Viking longship, of course! (photos)

Flaming Gryphon "Fight for the Cure" at Pennsic

The fighters of the Barony of Flaming Gryphon, in the Middle Kingdom, are organizing a Pennsic fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® breast cancer research foundation.

Lord of the Rings, Czech style

For a few hundred people in the Czech Republic, summer means donning armor and staging battles, much like members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, but these armored combatants are participating in a re-enactment of the Lord of the Rings. (photos)

Canadian swordsman elected to Parliament

Members of the Canadian Parliament may want to think twice before they tangle with Mathieu Ravignat, the newly-elected member from Western Quebec who is a martial arts specialist and a member of the Ottawa Medieval Sword Guild.

"The Vikings" next in recent line of medieval-inspired TV shows

MGM has teamed up with the creator of "The Tudors" and "Camelot" to create "The Vikings". The show will follow Ragnar Lodbrok, a real-life legendary Norse hero who has his own saga.

"Treasures" available for iPhone, iPad and Android

Medievalists with lots of battery life on their phones will want to download a new app from the British Library, Treasures, which offers viewers "over 100 highlights, including literary, historical, music-related and scientific documents - alongside illuminated manuscripts and sacred texts."

SCAdians discuss old tradition and new technology in Oakland, California

The San Jose Mercury News catches up with Sedania De Corwin, Radnor of Guildemar, and friends as they attend a fighter practice in the same parking lot in which the group has been meeting for 35 years.

SCAdians, other Vikings march on Brooklyn

The SCA was one of several groups to take part in the 60th annual 17th of May Norwegian Constitution Day Parade and Viking Fest. The SCA contributed a precession of historic arms to the event.

Vote for the castle!

Fans of the Ozark Medieval Fortress, or fans of castles in general, may wish to help make the site the best attraction in Arkansas by voting online. Voting ends June 8, 2011

Want the severed head of a medieval saint? Act now while supplies last!

The (alleged) severed head of St. Vitalis of Assisi, a 14th century Italian monk, is being put up for auction in Ireland. The relic has been owned by a prominent Irish family since the 18th century.

Behind the walls of Camelot

Canada's famous Stratford Festival will present Lerner and Loewe's musical Camelot the summer of 2011. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the jewelry designers for the production. (photos)

Armor stolen in Calontir

Miriam von Schwarzwald reports that armor was stolen from Ruaidhri ua Ceallaigh's truck in the Midtown/Westport area of Kansas City, Missouri on May 9, 2011.

Learn to sail a Viking ship

Vikings and Viking-wannabes may want to consider enrolling in a course in rowing and sailing square-sail boats to take place May 26-29, 2011 in Skudeneshavn, Norway.

Arms for a Princess

The College of Arms in London has announced that a coat of arms has been created for Kate Middleton, Prince William's bride-to-be, in time for the royal wedding. (photo)

SCA Announces International Membership Rate Increase

Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors, has published an announcement of a membership fee increase approved by the Board recently.

D&D comes to life in Illinois park

Reality meets fantasy in Jeremy "Boo" Rochman Memorial Park in Carbondale, Illinois where kids and adults alike can experience the Dungeons and Dragons fantasies come to life.

For the tiny knight who has everything

Jewlery designer T. Shamir has given the assasin's crossbow new meaning with these palm sized, fully functional crossbow and cannon.  The two videos depict the weapons in action.