Tag Archives: Historical Fiction

The History of Cersei’s Walk of Shame

Spoiler warning: Game of Thrones Season 5 finale.

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Mount & Blade and the Medieval Marriage

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 army, gain support from neighbouring lords, engage in political intrigue, manage fiefs, I could go on. Continue reading

Was Mary, Queen of Scots/Anne Boleyn raped and other FAQS

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.

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Robin Hood on Film

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 include every single sodding episode of Robin of Sherwood. If you have never heard the introductory tune, here it is. Now imagine this, multiple times a day, every day for three months. Welcome to my nightmare.

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Insert Costume Post Here…

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;

The Tudors 2010, 2007 and The Virgin Queen 2005

The Tudors 2010, 2007 and The Virgin Queen 2005

Except then I found this website http://www.recycledmoviecostumes.com/ …so uh yeah you might as well just check that out instead 🙂

Merry Christmas!

Pirate Women in the Caribbean

wimminzThe 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 a ship would bring bad luck in reality their presence would simply encourage jealousy and fighting among the crew, not to mention the personal danger posed to the women themselves from sexually frustrated sailors.

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The Tudors, Artistic Licence and Outright Fictions

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 too long to take apart every instance of artistic licence in this highly dramatised series, but here are some examples of the outright fictionalised aspects.

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