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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.

https://mythicscribes.com/history/craft-guilds/

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.
https://mythicscribes.com/history/barber-surgeons/
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.

https://mythicscribes.com/history/childhood/

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

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Re: History for Fantasy Writers
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2018, 07:46:26 PM »
This was informative:

http://www.localhistories.org/names.html

Lists all sorts of English place-name roots and their original meanings.
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« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2018, 02:06:32 PM »
you get some odd ones like pendlebury hill due to Saxon, Norse and French language you get somewhere called hillhill hill or the river Avon where Avon means river. I live in Quedgeley and close enough to upper and lower slaughter, Ham, Slad, cold slad, Foss Cross and Pennsylvania not to be phased. My favorite will always be Nempnett Thrubwell though.

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« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2018, 02:36:37 PM »
Here's a good one for Scottish place names:
https://swap.nesc.gla.ac.uk/database/

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Re: History for Fantasy Writers
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2018, 03:57:12 PM »
I saw this the other day about names in northern towns:

Our streets are called gates, our gates are called bars and our bars are called pubs ;D
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