Dear Friends of the RCH Society,
We are pleased to present to you our new website and blog! This is a truly momentous step for our Society and the work that has been put into this project by our various partners has been incredible. I will serve as the editor-in-chief for our blog and our goal is to turn this into a portal for a wide variety of intellectual content within the topic of the Crusades and medieval life in general. Among many others, we plan on this blog regularly featuring scholarly articles, book reviews, opinion editorials, visual art submissions, as well as news and updates from the Society itself.
I am very excited to announce that we are opening this portal to any followers who wish to contribute intellectual material to the Society and add your voice to the ongoing historical discussion. The instructions for contributing are on our website under the "Contribute" tab and I am very much looking forward to receiving submissions from our many members. However, I would not be doing my job as editor if I did not first establish our standards for submissions to any potential contributors:
-All written submissions must adhere to basic academic standards regarding grammar and spelling. If you need assistance in this (especially if English is not your first language), I can absolutely provide it, but the effort must be made by the author first.
-If you draw from other works in any writing, please properly cite your sources! As in any professional forum, plagiarism will not be tolerated.
-With any visual art, please ensure that all appropriate copyright regulations are observed.
-All submissions must be within the scope of the Crusades and those areas of medival history that touched upon them. While we certainly love all of medieval history, we wish to reserve this forum for those discussions that involve our Society's mission.
-Last, but not least, please ensure that all submissions abide by the universal standards of good taste and common decency. We will not tolerate any personal attacks, hateful discourse, disrepectful language, or deliberate targeting of any one particular group of people. We also extend this prohibition to any and all materials or endorsements of contemporary political agendas - please remember that we are historians here, not propagandists.
As the editor-in-chief for this new and exciting enterprise, I promise that, as long as the above standards are met in good faith, anyone is free and welcome to contribute to the discussion through this blog. We look forward to hearing from you and, most important of all, hope that you continue to enjoy the fruits of our work here!
Rand II (Strider) - RCH Blog Editor-in-Chief