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On the use of the past to explain the present

Tag: Warfare

Part Three of a Medieval Warfare Reader: A Deeper Look

Eleven books, fourteen months and three thousand pages later, all the high priority items on my reading list have been completed, finally. This experience has been quite rewarding, though sometimes demanding. I am therefore both happy and relieved to conclude my Medieval Warfare Reader with three superior titles that are not to be missed (or at least the first two — see below on why) by both the history aficionado and the serious Fantasy writer. My opinion on how to leverage the knowledge of actual history in writing Fantasy has been made clear enough in the first and second part of my series; I will not push that particular topic any further here.

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The Ways of Castles (Part Two of a Medieval Warfare Reader)

This second installment of my Medieval Warfare Reader has long been in the making; more so than the first part, in fact, for I wanted to increase my understanding of castles, and from that my ability to imagine and describe them, before learning about armies and soldiering in ages past. I find few fortresses in Fantasy as interestingly unique as the Hornburg at Helm’s Deep in The Lord of the Rings. Given that my project of Fantasy has an overt inclination toward martial matters, I try to hold myself to a similar standard. I mean that only as a reference, of course. I’ll be damned if I ever quit looking up to the master of Fantasy.

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Medieval Warfare: A Reader (Part One)

The only acceptable reason for not blogging is that I should be writing instead. I am not. In the past months, I have rather spent most of my free-time reading, which I hope is at least near-acceptable. My defense? Research. Good and well-crafted stories are written by those who know what they are talking about and I believe this holds true with Fantasy just as well.

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