“Policing” the Medieval Village

After sharing a New Year’s Eve kiss, my husband and I opened our front door and listened to the sounds of drunken revelers shooting their guns into the air…only in America. Every year I wonder what happens to all those bullets. Is some poor sap walking down the street getting pelted in the head with […]

The Medieval Surgeon

Last Thursday we here in the States celebrated Thanksgiving. It is my absolute favorite holiday. All of my favorite foods are served in one glorious meal. Naps are fully expected. And it is the one day a year when people are (in theory) more inclined to be thankful than critical. I have a lot to […]

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 […]

A Renfair Affair

In America we’re all about instant gratification. If I get it in my head at three in the morning that I need a jar of peanut butter, a pair of socks, and a bicycle, I fully expect that I should be able to drive to a store and get those things that very instant. Not […]

Killer Pigs: Animals, Farming, and The Way Things Used To Be.

“You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor We need to go back to the way things used to be! This idea that the past was somehow more noble, virtuous, godly, insert adjective here, is something I’ve come across in people of all types. In […]

Prostitution in the Middle Ages

“Call a jack a jack. Call a spade a spade. But always call a whore a lady.” ― Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind As many of you know, I created this blog as a way to share what I’ve learned about the Middle Ages while researching for my novel Beneath the Destined Stone. The chapter I’m […]