Modern Society

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

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.

Castle life at bargain price

The economic downturn has left many European properties, including castles, available for purchase at bargain prices. (photo)

SCA author publishes fantasy novel

Douglas Hulick (Master Simon Morcar of the Kingdom of Northshield) has published his debut fantasy novel Among Thieves, a Tale of the Kin.

Historical mistakes in "The Eagle"

In an article for the Guardian, culture reporter Charlotte Higgins explores mistakes made in the recent film, The Eagle, based on the book The Eagle of the Ninth, about the search for the lost legionary standard of the Roman Ninth Legion.

A toast to a gallant announcer

Monty Python - or maybe pirate - fans will revel in the "Best race horse name ever!" in a race video posted to YouTube.

Publisher eliminates collective bargaining rights from SCAtoday.net staff

In a move ostensibly aimed at closing a budget deficit, SCAtoday.net Publisher Justinos Tekton has signed an executive order eliminating collective bargaining rights from SCAtoday.net staff members, and cutting their wages significantly.

Medieval beaver to be reintroduced in Wales

The beaver, extinct in Wales since the 12th century, is being reintroduced to Machynlleth, Wales. The European beaver was prized for its fur and the medicinal qualities of its glands.

Stacking the shelves

Midrealm Kingdom Chronicler and librarian geek, Mistress Siobhan O'Neill, shares a longed-for method for organizing your bookshelves. (video)

Evildoers beware! British heritage police are on the job!

Thefts and vandalism of historic British landmarks has led English Heritage to team with police chiefs in Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset to create a new police force to guard historic sites.

Elizabethan theaters and the Internet

In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Scott Turow, Paul Aiken and James Shapiro ponder the connection between “cultural paywalls,” public playhouses, and the free sharing of creative content on the Internet.

Knitting improves behavior in English schoolchildren

British schoolteachers have a new defense against the cellphone: knitting. A program to teach knitting to elementary age schoolchildren has reaped surprising results, including improved behavior.

Urban SCAdians live by the sword

The National Post has a chat with Nicolaa de Bracton and other members of the Canton of Eoforwicof (Ealdormere), mundanely Toronto, Canada. The article discusses various activities in the SCA and how the SCA has to alter some aspects of the middle ages to accommodate safety and modern concerns.

Google Maps error reignites medieval border dispute

In the latest in a series of Google-driven international incidents, Google Maps gave the German port city of Emden to the Netherlands. The exact location of the border has been disputed since the 15th century.