I had planned to review OWEN on its own. Indeed, I get so little time to read these days I set aside three weeks to do so. When I opened OWEN I thought it might be a bit of a slog – not because the book looked like it would bore me, on the contrary,… Read More Review: The Tudor Trilogy
It’s not often I get to do this, but I am very excited to present a guest post! Author of The Tudor Trilogy, Tony Riches, shares his thoughts on the benefits of writing a trilogy when considering historical fiction. If you’re interested in reading about the very underrepresented in fiction early Tudors, details of The… Read More Why You Should Consider Writing a Trilogy
Spoiler warning: Game of Thrones Season 5 finale.
I’ve written before about how the games Mount and Blade and its sequel, Warband, are a, shall we say challenging, experience for the female character. Set in the fictional kingdom of Calradia during the 13th century this ARPG is practically a medieval simulator. After statting up your character you can go on to raise an… Read More Mount & Blade and the Medieval Marriage
With the exception of my loyal followers (hello!) the majority of people who read this blog come from googling specific questions. As the Google searches often remain fundamentally the same with some variation in how the question is asked, here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Robin Hood is something of a curse word in the fantaesque household. Many moons ago my boyfriend-now husband decided to write his thesis on the changing media interpretations of the English folk hero and so began his quest to watch every film and TV version of Robin Hood there has ever been. Which happened to… Read More Robin Hood on Film
So I was going to a post on the reuse of historical costumes, I notice stuff like that when I watch history programs, especially when it includes reusing a dress as pretty as this; Except then I found this website http://www.recycledmoviecostumes.com/ …so uh yeah you might as well just check that out instead 🙂 Merry Christmas!
The Golden Age of Piracy was an entirely male dominated affair for a number of reasons. On the most practical level women generally lacked the physical strength to endure the brutal back breaking labour men participated in, daily, while at sea. While Gibbs of Pirates of the Caribbean might declare that having a woman aboard… Read More Pirate Women in the Caribbean
I love The Tudors, I probably shouldn’t, but I really do. The history is so ridiculous and mashed together and I wonder why at various times they make up stuff when the actual history is far more interesting and dramatic, but the acting is good and the costumes are stunning. It would take far, far… Read More The Tudors, Artistic Licence and Outright Fictions
I have a lot of time to catch up on films and television series at the moment, so there’s that at least. Recently I watched Katherine of Alexandria (or Decline of an Empire depending on which part of the world you are from). I was really looking forward to watching this as female hagiography (saints’… Read More Katherine of Alexandria/Decline of an Empire