Category Archives: History

Of shoes and ships and sealing-wax

Originally posted on Of Dreams and Swords:
This is going to be a long post. This “artist’s statement” was supposed to be a lot shorter, but you know how that goes. I even tried to abridge it and then found…

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A Remedy: for Historical Inaccuracies

Two things that would go a long way toward increasing historical accuracy (to the point that I, with a concentration in the late Anglo-Saxon era, can ask intelligently about the plausibility of things in a story set in 15th-cent. Bohemia): … Continue reading

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Some geeking out over obscure Anglo-Saxon art

GUYS.   According to the Bodleian Library’s online entry for the Benedictional of St Aethelwold, this page (of which only half is here shown) is a miniature of the Annunciation of the archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary (I have left … Continue reading

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All your rabbit-trails in one handy place

During the semester, when things are crazier than normal, I have a tendency to open cans of worms or find the openings of rabbit-holes, and have to note them for later. Sometimes I leave links to things in random e-mail … Continue reading

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Historiography notes, part I

A novel takes its foundation from documentation, but is free to build on it with what could or would have happened as long as its interpretation of people shows them acting according to what we know of their characters. We … Continue reading

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Caution: may explode on impact

I am not at school today, on account of a cold, and I skipped class yesterday too. Olivia was reminiscing about camp last night, and said she wished it would have gone on forever, but I said a week was … Continue reading

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Spiders, King Arthur, and the Orb

Dad’s mom came for a few days and I didn’t get any writing done, and I’m feeling a bit out of practice. The fact that my sister has been using me for a pillow isn’t really helping. Layamon’s Brut is on … Continue reading

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