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 […]

The Battles of Bancroft Street and North Inch

Don’t fight a battle if you don’t gain anything by winning. Erwin Rommel When I began writing Beneath the Destined Stone I didn’t have much of a plan. I knew that I wanted it to be a time-travel novel. I knew my main character and my villain would be from the 21st century, and I knew […]

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 […]

Medieval Hair Dye

  You know I’m dedicated to this blog, but I wasn’t about to trust the Middle Ages when it came to hair dye. Not with my hair. I’m not insane. Still, I wanted to try it out. I tried to con a few close friends into letting me do it to them. No luck. They’re […]

Alewife for a Day: A Guide to Medieval Home Brew

“Give my people plenty of beer, good beer, and cheap beer, and you will have no revolution among them.” — Queen Victoria, English Monarch, 1819-1901 I love the moxie of this photo. An adorable toddler advertising stout–priceless! But if you were living in the Middle Ages, the joke would have been lost on you. Why? […]

Medieval Barley Bread Recipe

If I knew half as much about websites as I do about history, you wouldn’t be seeing this post. I just learned about a plugin that would make my recipes all shiny and pretty and printable. So I decided to give it a try. This recipe was included in an earlier post, along with a […]