Medieval Research – Getting Real!

For me, fantasy stories need amazing descriptions and unusual sensory details as much as they need great characters and plot. After all, Gollum wouldn’t have been half so interesting without his strange hissing voice and the weird gollum sound he made when swallowing and Ironman would have been much less effective if his suit wasn’t made of shiny metal.

My current novel is set during the dark ages and so that my writing truly reflects medieval life, I’m going to try out some of the crafts, cooking and fighting techniques that my characters would encounter on a daily basis. I’m going to try out each one for a month and report back on what I’ve learned about it.

The first thing that I’m going to try out is learning some sword fighting techniques. As I don’t happen to have a real sword, I’m going to find a suitable sized stick to drill with.

I’ll be drawing some inspiration from

After this, I shall be watching a selection of videos about garments of the period by Bernadette Banner and Morgan Donner and attempting to sew at least one item of clothing that each of my main characters would have worn.

Make sure that you come back regularly for some medieval fun!