Season’s Beatings: the Medieval Naughty List

There is a war on Christmas…beatings. That’s right. We are losing the true Christmas spirit of violence set forth by our ancestors. If history has taught us anything, it is that the best way to control our children is to terrify them with stories of horrific monsters and then beat them soundly. And what better […]

Plague, Politics, and Poltergeist

Happy Halloween or SamhainĀ for all you medieval enthusiasts. In honor of the spookiest night of the year, I wanted to post about something truly scary from the Middle Ages. I thought long and hard about what subject to choose. What would scare me the most if I traveled back in time? And in the end […]

It’s the Great Turnip, Charlie Brown and Other Samhain Traditions

When you’re writing a time-travel novel, you’re constantly comparing the past to the present. Big surprise here–the present is almost always better. Let’s face it, no matter how cool you think it would be to live the life of a princess or a knight, you’d be living in a world without toilet paper. Cottonelle beats […]

Scottish Death Omens and Beheaded Boyds

There’s a chill in the air, pumpkins lounge on porches, waiting to be given wicked grins, and I am in the mood for something spooky. Fortunately for me, Scottish lore is full of the otherworldly. Allow me to set the scene for today’s topic: You are lying in bed when you are suddenly awoken by […]