Chivalry (historical)

Historical chivalry, such as knights and knighthood, as distinct from reenactment chivalric orders

Templar interest increases with approaching 700th anniversary

With material such as The Da Vinci Code to capture the public's attention, the myths of the Knights Templar are more popular than ever. Lawyer, noveliest and historian Dr Dominic Selwood has a feature article for The Telegraph.

"Formal Combats in the Fourteenth Century" available for Kindle

Steven Muhlberger reports that his book Formal Combats in the Fourteenth Century in now available for the Kindle from Amazon.com in eBook format. Cost to download is US $3.99.

New York Times Explores Chivalry

A prominent member of the SCA recently got to speak out on the topic of chivalry in the New York Times' Opinion page, in the on-line forum called "Room For Debate." The question of the day that the Times posed was: Could there be a revival of chivalry, or should this noble ideal be allowed to fade into obscurity?

Knight's grave may be part of family crypt

Seven skeletons have been unearthed under a car park in Edinburgh, Scotland, where a knight's grave has previously been found. The skeletons include women and children, leading archaeologists to conclude that it may be a family burial crypt.

Heraldic badge found at Scottish battlefield

A heraldic badge showing the Scottish crown has been found at the site of the Battle of Flodden. The badge may have been worn by someone closely affiliated with King James IV.

Remains of Teutonic knights identified in Poland

The remains of three medieval Grand Masters of the Teutonic Knights, unearthed in Poland in 2007, have been identified. The men were named Werner von Orseln, Ludolf Koenig, and Heinrich von Plauen.

Higgins Armory to close

The Higgins Armory Museum, much beloved of SCAdians, will be closing at the end of the year. The museum houses one of the biggest collections of arms and armor in the United States.

Knights of Malta celebrate their 100th birthday at the Vatican

February 9, 2013, marked the 900th birthday of the founding of the Knights of Malta, a Roman Catholic religious order noted for its charitable works. The group celebrated its birthday with a parade around St. Peter's Square and a visit with Pope Benedict XVI, who is himself a member of the Knights.

Cracking the myths of the Middle Ages

In an article on Cracked.com, Steve Kolenberg sets the world straight on 6 Ridiculous Myths About the Middle Ages Everyone Believes including the "Dark" Ages, everything was filthy, and knights were chivalrous.

What is honor?

A series of articles on the history of honor has been posted on the Art of Manliness website. The series looks at the concept from a male point of view, and begins with ideas of vertical vs horizontal honor.

How the Teutonic Crusade changed Eastern Europe

"Within a few centuries, the Teutonic warriors led a major ecological and cultural transformation that swept the pagan Baltic tribes into the fold of European Christendom," according to a statement by Stanford University regarding an article by researcher Krish Seetah. The article was published in the November 30, 2012 issue of Science.

Canadian knight promotes chivalry

"I am a knight. I'm trying to be that symbol of something that is incorruptible... and never to fail my duty, which is to be a knight and be good and be an example," said Quebec resident Vincent Gabriel Kirouac about his cross-Canada right to promote chivalry.

"Cumbrian Dragon" may have belonged to a knight

A stunning miniature of a 15th century knight slaying a dragon has been found in Carlisle, England. The cast silver gilt piece is of high quality and thought to be a piece of jewelery rather than a pilgrim's badge.

Medieval knights and PTSD

Most people associate PTSD with modern warfare, but a new study shows that not only were the Middle Ages not as violet as previously believed, but that knights engaged in violent activities suffered from stress.

Caidan Duke Sir Guillaume Profiled In Local On The Job Column

Caid's Duke Guillaume de Belgique was the focus of a recent "On The Job" column in the Patch, a local Southern California news service website, which profiled his work with the independent educational outreach program Chivalry Today.

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.

Medieval knight: superstar

On the website for History Today, Nigel Saul explains the appeal of medieval knights and why they were the superstar celebrities of their time. His article is entitled Chivalry and the Birth of Celebrity.

A poem for the inner knight

The Library of Congress has created the Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools website which includes an entry entitled "Once upon a Time There Was a Man" by Mac Hammond. The poem may touch the hearts of the inner knight in all of us.

Economics of the Middle Ages

Planet Money, which features podcasts about modern economics and news of the economy, recently offered an edition focused on medieval economics, particularly feudalism and guilds.

Alberta kids learn about the Middle Ages from library demo

"[Initially] it was really strange people who thought history was much more interesting than real life," said Mark Traub about the early SCA during an interview with William Stodalka of the Cold Lake Sun (Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada).

Knights Templar in London subject of new book

The 13th century Temple in London, the headquarters of the Knights Templar in the city, is a round church, but it has also served as a bank and document storage facility. Christopher Howse of the Telegraph looks at a new book on the Templars, The Temple Church in London.

Stirling Castle knight identified

The skeletal remains of a knight found at Stirling Castle in Scotland have been identified as those of English nobleman Sir John de Stricheley, who died in 1341. De Stricheley was probably killed by a Scottish arrow.

Longtime SCA member pens romance novel set in SCA

Romance author Jamaica Layne (the pen name of journalist and playwright Jill Elaine Hughes, who is known in the SCA as "Lady Marissa de Courette") has written a contemporary romance novel set in the Society for Creative Anachronism.

10th century silver spur found in Russia

An elaborate silver spur, possibly belonging to a knight, has been found in Zelenogradsk, Russia, a town on the Baltic Sea. The Prussian town was a major commercial center known for its decorative arts in the 10th century.

Scott Farrell discusses modern chivalry on "These Days on KPBS"

On September 9, 2010, Maureen Cavanaugh interviewed Scott Farrell, AKA Duke Guillaume de la Belgique, about chivalry in the modern age for the radio program These Days on KPBS. Farrell is a contributor to the new book Martial Arts and Philosophy.

Guide for a True Knight

The Imperial Constantinian Military Order of Saint George, which follows principles dating back to the Emperor Constantin, seeks to bring their ideals into the 21st century. One way is through the "Quest," the Thirteen Rules of Chivalry.

Battle of Crecy tutorial online

Baron Charles O'Connor of the Kingdom of Meridies reports that slides from his presentation on the Battle of Crecy, taught at a recent Meridies Royal University, are now available to view online.

Armorers prepare for upcoming battle reenactment (and it's not Pennsic!)

Armourers like Tomasz Samula are making last minute adjustments to the arms and armour for the Lublin Knights, who will gather Saturday on the field where the Polish-Lithuanian army defeated a force of Teutonic knights near this Polish village in 1410.

"Treasure" badge likely belonged to Richard III's retainer

A silver-gilt boar badge representing Richard III and found last year at Bosworth Field has been declared treasure. The badge probably belonged to a member of the king's inner circle and may indicate the spot where he fell.

"The Modern Medieval" premieres on YouTube

Sir Gemini of the West Kingdom reports that he has a webshow entitled The Modern Medieval "that explores and explains medieval combat, arts and sciences, the concept of chivalry and how it applies in the modern day."