Getting Married in the Middle Ages

Whether you’re writing Medieval history fiction or fantasy, you will appreciate this Quora answer by Helena Schrader, who borrowed from an article she wrote for The Medieval Magazine. To this, I have added information by Brent Cooper, taken from...

Every Swordsman Cheats

When writing fantasy, we often have to describe fight scenes. Swordfights, in particular, make for great descriptions. But we often forget one crucial aspect of fighting: when it comes to life or death, everyone cheats. Even the good guys, as Martin Lloyd points out...

The Real Archery

I was reading an interesting answer on Quora about Mongol strategy when a battle description caught my eye: Seeing this, the archbishop spurred his on his horse and gave them chase. Eventually, they reached a marshland and they crossed it swiftly. The archbishop did...

Who Could Build a Castle in the Middle Ages?

In my last post, I explained how a Medieval army could assault a castle. But who built the castle in the first place, and how expensive were they, anyway? Luckily, Helena Schrader and Quora have the answer. Before we move on, though, let’s answer a different...

Medieval Castle Assaults

I came across some great answers by Jon Bourgetti, Patrick Ashby, Alexander Taylor, and Steve Blanchard on Quora on the subject of assaults on Medieval castles. Whether you write fantasy, historical fiction, or just love history as much as I do, I think you will enjoy...

4 Dog Breeds That Were Popular in the Middle Ages

For many, the Stark family’s direwolves brought a welcome layer of realism to the show, reminding readers and viewers of the close relationship between man and dog. The direwolves were, in fact, not really wolves at all, though they certainly look wolf-like....

The Real Wild West

We all know of the Wild West. Or do we? There are so many misconceptions and myths surrounding it, and so many of these are repeated in cowboy fiction and Western movies alike. So, here are some common misconceptions about the cowboys, Native Americans, and the Wild...

The Oldest Buildings in the US

I know that most of you share my passion for history, so I thought you’d enjoy this infographic with the oldest buildings in the US I found on BigRentz. They say that the difference between the US and Europe is that 100 miles is a long distance in Europe but 100...

Rich as a King

Despite what you may have heard from Robin Hood, King Richard I of England may have had the heart of a lion but brains? Hmm… A sloth* comes to mind rather than a rocket scientist. Richard the Lionheart was a brave soldier, a great crusader, and won many battles...

Fall of the Roman Republic

As a child learning history at school, I often wondered why the Roman Republic gave way to the Roman Empire. Had the people had enough of voting? Was this forced upon them? If so, why didn’t they revolt, especially given how awful emperors like Caracalla were? I...