Go to any museum, lecture or Renaissance Faire and you’ll find them. They may be lecturers, curators, reenactors or stagefighters, but they’ll all share a common theme. Ironically, even the ones who pay lip service to other ideas often end up returning to this one. Knights didn’t do any actual fighting, they’ll say, or all […]
There’s a particular “move” that really drives a splinter under my nails. Here is a 6 minute Youtube video where I describe it, and tell you how bad it is. Spoiler: It’s pretty bad. “I can pick a current movie trailer and it’s prominently displayed” bad.
Saying that Middle Ages peasants were the real fighters and knights were fops is like choosing your Neighboorhood Watch over the Navy Seals. Plowing fields, cutting grain and chopping your own firewood is good exercise, but it’s not good practice for combat. Unlike spending hours a day bashing the other Squires with double-weight wood swords, which is […]
Early Japanese swords were straight and had two edges. You just think about that for a minute. Additionally, the famed beauty of nihonto stems almost entirely from Japan’s historically poor iron supply. In order to even out impurities so that the blades would harden properly and not snap the instant they hit something, Japan’s smiths […]
The year is 217 B.C, approaching the high point of the 2nd Punic War. Hannibal Barca’s mixed force of Carthaginian, African and Spanish soldiers ransacks northern Italy. He destroys Rome’s outlying towns, terrorizes their allies and deftly avoids confronting the Roman army. Finally, under pressure from the Roman people and unable to contain his own […]
In a word, yes. I will accept no neurotypical arguments to the contrary. Most of the time I’m happy to have a genuine debate and hear the ideas of others, but there can be no debate here. My conclusion is just the logical consequence of the things I’m about to explain. If you try to […]
You’ve seen them before, somewhere, you’re just not sure. No matter what world they live in, this character’s like someone you know suddenly caught up in a magical adventure. Which, in fact, is the whole problem. HR is not a conscious writing choice. HR is a symptom of creators’ fear of breaking the mold. Ironically, […]