Caudell: Medieval Egg nog

I love egg nog…a lot. Come December, I turn into an egg nog junkie. I lurk in dark alleys with a bottle of Hartzlers (the good stuff) wrapped in a brown paper bag, yelling at passersby, “I’ll tell you when I’ve had enough.” And this is without adding rum… I like to think the main […]

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 […]

Misconceptions about Medieval Marriage

This weekend one of my very best friends got married, and he and his beautiful wife did me the great honor of asking me to officiate the ceremony. With marriage on the brain, I figured what better topic for this week’s post than medieval weddings. After scouring old notes and reading a lovely dissertation, I […]

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 […]