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History for Fantasy Writers
« on: November 20, 2017, 03:56:48 AM »
I have a new article over at Mythic Scribes. This one is about craft guilds and how guilds are used in fantasy writing.


Here's hoping folks find it useful.

I have more articles that will appear in the coming months--on marriage, childhood, popular religion, customs, various specific trades, transportation, banking, metallurgy--mostly social and economic history. I'll just update on this thread when they appear.

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Re: History for Fantasy Writers
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2017, 11:24:57 AM »
I love this stuff and it's great for story prompts and detail.
I'll look forward to reading more of these :)

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Re: History for Fantasy Writers
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2017, 03:30:07 AM »
Thanks. I'm glad you found something useful.  :D
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Re: History for Fantasy Writers
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2018, 05:00:04 AM »
I have a new article in the series History for Fantasy Writers. This one's on barber-surgeons. Appearing at Mythic Scribes, as always.
I hope some will find it interesting; I hope even more someone will find it useful!
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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2018, 08:51:25 PM »
Wow that was fascinating

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« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2018, 09:50:46 PM »
And another one. This one on childhood in the Middle Ages.


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Re: History for Fantasy Writers
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2018, 10:13:05 PM »
Skip, if you're knowledgeable on the subject, I am interested in the Cathars of Southern France and their doom. Got any insights? Any bits of commonly held truth that you've discovered are faulty or incomplete? Do tell!
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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2018, 11:11:03 PM »
Well, that story about the bishop at B├ęziers is probably apocryphal (that's the one that has him saying kill them all, God will know his own).

I think many modern people misunderstand and underestimate how serious was this heresy. We tend to think of heresy as a difference of opinion, a disagreement at the pub. The closest modern analogue would be more like treason and at more than a merely individual level. At the same time, they are not sufficiently aware that the orthodox Church was very busy tidying itself up, making explicit what had for centuries only been implicit. You see much evidence of this at the Fourth Lateran Council, but even more telling, imo, is the number of canon lawyers who become popes in the 12th and 13thcs. The more laws you make, the more outlaws you make. Then throw in an increasingly efficient and aggressive crown in France, and you get a conflict cocktail.

Within that broader context, of course, there's lots of room for tragedy and courage and outright wtf. It's a fascinating topic. And it's a fascinating corner of Europe.

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Re: History for Fantasy Writers
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2018, 05:26:41 PM »
@Skip that's the best summary I think I have seen on the subject.