I almost exclusively stick to medieval history when posting on my site, but I’m curious about the new movie 10,000 B.C. The story follows the life of young hunter whose love interest is taken captive, and then he sets out with a small group to pursue the captors and save… Read More »10,000 B.C – The Movie
The year is 877 AD, and the Saxons have just defeated the Danes at Cynuit, though troubles for Alfred and his kingdom of Wessex are far from over. The Danes control three of the four major kingdoms in England — Northumbria, Mercia, and East Anglia — and they are continuing… Read More »Bernard Cornwell – The Pale Horseman (Saxon Chronicles Book 2)
I came across this article by Mark Schatzker on “How do medieval-themed restaurants get it wrong?” It’s an interesting read concerning the accuracy of food served at such restaurants as Medieval Times. He dispels several myths in regards to the eating habits of medieval people: Myth No. 1: Medieval food… Read More »How Accurate Are Medieval Themed Restaurants?
Just a couple of recent historical fiction resources I’ve run across in the past few days: Reading Historical Fiction Squidoo Lens by Susan Higginbotham Enjoy reading historical fiction? Just getting interested in it? Here are some useful sites for readers (or prospective readers) of historical fiction. You’re bound to find something… Read More »Historical Fiction Resources
In my post yesterday — “What is Historical Fantasy?” — I touched briefly on the definition of historical fiction. For a more in depth look at this defintion, The Historical Novel Society has an entire section devoted to this topic. There are links to articles that discuss: the rules for historical… Read More »The Definition of Historical Fiction
What is the definition of historical fantasy? How does it differ from historical fiction? Fantasy? I’ve often seen the term “historical fantasy” to classify a certain subgenre of literature but have never really understoood what, exactly, that refers to. What types of works are classified in this category? I did a… Read More »What is Historical Fantasy?
I was chatting on a forum the other day, and the conversation sparked the idea for this blog post. When writing your novel, what is the best way to incorporate research and historical details into your writing? I’m not sure there is a best practice for doing this; everyone most likely… Read More »Writing and Historical Research
The following is a list of blogs/sites I’m currently subscribed to: Historical Fiction: Carla Nayland Historical Fiction – A blog mainly about researching, writing, and reading historical fiction Elizabeth Chadwick: Living the History – Historical fiction author Elizabeth Chadwick uses this space to discuss her work, her research and share her love… Read More »What I’m Reading
Bernard Cornwell’s latest novel in the Saxon Chronicles, Sword Song, was released Tuesday, January 22nd. I’m eager to pick this one up, though I’m still two novels behind in the series. I’m almost done with The Pale Horseman. It’s taking me a little longer to get through this one as my wife and… Read More »Bernard Cornwell – Sword Song (The Saxon Chronicles, Book 4)