Modern Society

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

Why the Classics Still Matter

"What good does it do the reader to know that before battle the Romans often consulted a pullarius, a chicken-feeding augur? Such texts say nothing about modern life, critics say....But that's precisely the point."

14th century "piedfort" leads to prosecution of British woman

The controversy over the prosecution of a Ludlow, England woman who failed to report the discovery of a 14th century piedfort, a ceremonial coin, has led to claims of being "heartless authoritarians" against the officials. (photo)

"Line of light" spans Hadrian's Wall

As a kickoff for British Tourism Week, 500 volunteers illuminated the 84-mile Hadrian' Wall across norhtern England with a "line of light." (video)

Publisher of medieval hobbyist newspaper purchases Gannett Inc. for US$2.2 billion

The owner of an obscure chain of medieval recreation hobbyist publications has purchased all the assets of media giant Gannett Inc. in an unsolicited, hostile takeover bid that included cash, letters of credit from half a dozen "kingdoms" in which she publishes, and an unspecified quantity of "chocolate Chaucers," apparently some kind of alcoholic beverage.

Stolen trailer in West Kingdom

Viscount Leon reports that his trailer containing SCA gear was stolen from his home in Santa Clara, California on March 26, 2010.

Human catapult stunt ends in injury

A day of adventure at the Dangerous Sports Club near Bridgewater in Somerset, England, turned into near-tragedy when Stella Young was launched from a medieval-style catapult made by her boyfriend.

2500 Viking Ships Sail to Wal-Mart

In a true medieval/modern oddity, 2500 Viking ships are arriving at Wal-Mart stores across the U.S. as part of a promotion of the film How to Train Your Dragon.

SCA named in civil suit in Pennsylvania

Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors, has published an official announcement concerning a civil lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania against the SCA, Inc.

Medieval fortress rising in Ozark hills

Amateur archaeologist and inventor Michel Guyot, the master-mind behind the renovation of Château of Saint Fargeau in France, is constructing a medieval fortress in Lead Hill, Arkansas. The project's web site has updated photos.

Knots-of-Love brings smiles to cancer patients

Knitters and crocheters looking for a project may want to check out Knots-of-Love, an organization that provides "crocheted and knitted caps for chemo patients and others facing life-threatening illnesses and injuries."

SCA President's announcement regarding the SCA Grants Committee

SCA President Denise Leeson-Provost has published an announcement concerning the SCA's Grants Committee.

"It Won't Go to Zero"

Financial planner Ken Robinson wanted a way to reach more people with his message of hope: As bad as the economy may be, it will eventually recover. So he wrote "It Won't Go to Zero" as a rap song and video. The rap song might blend well with his other works, including the Cleftlands Battle Song.

Armor for Afghanistan

Zack reports that he has begun collecting armor for use by those stationed in Afghanistan who would like to begin SCA-style armored combat training.

Social networking boon to re-enactors

Devotees of past eras have found a blessing in a number of social networking websites such as Living History World Wide. Henry Hanks of CNN has the story.

Financial announcement from the SCA, Inc.

Leslie Luther-Fulton, Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors, has released a financial announcement on behalf of the Board.

Brave SCAdians attempt to save life of fire victim

THL Sofia Tyzes (Zsof), reports on the attempt by two members of the Barony of the Cleftlands (Cleveland, Ohio) to save a neighbor from a house fire. Fox 8 New's Autumn Ziemba has the story. (video)

Duchess Mary Grace of Gatland chosen as Mrs. Louisana International 2010

Nancy-Ellen Martin, known in the Society as Duchess Mary Grace of Gatland, 2nd, 4th and 7th Queen of Gleann Abhann, has been chosen as Mrs. Louisiana International for 2010.

SCA Afghanistan discussion list

By long tradition, members of the SCA have served overseas in the military. For those currently serving in Afghanistan, a Yahoo Groups discussion list has been created.

Controversial medieval scholar completes book on Cambridge

Despite her ongoing dispute with the university, Cambridge scholar and professor of medieval logic Gill Evans has completed her history of the institution. The University of Cambridge: A New History will be published to coincide with Cambridge's 800th anniversary.

SCA military discussion group

Mistress Morgan Rowanwaif moderates a Yahoo group dedicated to offering support and discussion opportunities for "SCA members who are serving in the military, past and present, those with friends in the military, and just about any one else who wants to lend their support and advice."

"Assassin's Creed II" takes players to Renaissance Italy

In 15th century Italy, a young nobleman finds himself betrayed by a rival family, and seeks vengeance against his enemies. The plot of an engaging new film or novel? No, it's the storyline for Assassin's Creed II, Ubisoft's top-selling video game set in the Renaissance.

SCA trailer stolen in Ansteorra

Ysabeau of Prague of the Barony of Bryn Gwlad in the Kingdom of Ansteorra reports that a trailer containing SCA property belonging to the Kingdom and Barony was stolen December 1, 2009.

Gaming like it's 1066

1066, an online game produced by the BBC's Channel 4, allows players to recreate the "English vs Vikings" battles of 1066.

Jousting in a post Y2K world

In a world where noble steeds have two wheels, lances are made of foam, and valiant knights program mainframes, comes .... Segway jousting! Join Liam Savage and his band of merry men as they keep the realm safe from Windows viruses in this YouTube video. (video)

Rumble in the Jungle: New Palatine Baron Invested in Bangkok

On Saturday October 24th, 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand the Palatine Barony of the Far West held its Coronet Tournament and Investiture. This year, to reflect the event’s location and it being the first event of the Canton of the Golden Plains, the theme was ‘Rumble in the Jungle’.

Constable of the Tower of London installation ceremony online

On October 7, 2009, General Sir Richard Dannatt was installed as the 159th Constable of the Tower of London. Sir Richard's Installation ceremony is available to view on the Historical Royal Palaces website.

Showing your best side: transparent armor

In an August 2004 web article, Will Segerman, British artist and engineer, discusses his project for his final show for his fine art degree at Sheffield Hallam: two suits of transparent Gothic armor. (photos)

Storming the castle - Russian style

A group of Russian medieval re-enactors "had fun storming the castle." The photos are posted on the English Russia website.

Renea Bishop to bring hula to the SCA

In western Pennsylvania, Renea Bishop has finally found the passion of her life: bringing the hula alive for local residents. Joanne Braun of the Sewickley Herald has the story.

Invergarry Castle gets a "Second Life"

Invergarry Castle in the Highlands of Scotland is a ruin. It was burned by Cromwell and later ransacked by English soldiers, but it now has a new virtual life in the online world of Second Life.