This is one of those tough grammar questions in writing that even I have a tough time remembering. When do I use who and when do I use whom? The following is an easy way to remember this distinction. Use who when you could replace it with he or she. Example… Read More »Who versus Whom
Scutage Pronunciation: \?skü-tij, ?skyü-\ Function: noun Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin scutagium, from Latin scutum shield Date: 15th century The sum that the holder of a knight’s fee may pay his lord in lieu of military service. Sometimes used as a form of tax.
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?
Here are a few of my recommendations for books dedicated to writing. Please feel free to share your suggestions as well. The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. – A classic. This is a must-have reference for all writers. A simple and logical approach to the basic prinicples of… Read More »Recommended Books on Writing
Some people feel J.R.R Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings are pure genius, with Tolkien being one of the most influential writers of his time, maybe even all time. Others find his writing a bit heavy and dull, as the novel is filled with hundreds of pages of backstory… Read More »J.R.R. Tolkien – Brilliant or Boring?
Constructed in little more than 12 months by Richard I of England (“The Lionheart”), Chateau Gaillard was an imposing castle upon the French landscape, built to deter King Philip Augustus of France from invading Richard’s Norman territories. The stronghold was placed along the Seine River on a cliff extending above… Read More »The Siege of Chateau Gaillard
I came across this article, written by Leo Babuata, that deals with developing good writing habits. A lot of these are logical ideas you’ve probably already heard, but reinforcing those ideas and putting them into practice is another thing. I think his approach is simple and very do-able; it’s just a… Read More »Simple Writing Habits to Complete Your First Novel
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