Tubes of Thunder: The Medieval Cannon

For Fantasy Friday this week, I thought we’d return to medieval warfare and to something I don’t come across all too often in the fantasy stories I read: the cannon. This article covers the development of European cannons, how they were made, the gunpowder used, and how they fared in battle. Hopefully, it’ll give you a few ideas for your own tales! … Read More >Tubes of Thunder: The Medieval Cannon

The Life of the Medieval Lord

To gain an insight into the role and lives of the lords of the Middles Ages we’ll first take a brief look at the reign of King Richard II, otherwise known as Richard the Tyrant. From there we’ll turn our focus to the world of barons, the individuals who held almost unlimited power over the land granted to them by the king. … Read More >The Life of the Medieval Lord

A Fantasy Writer’s Guide to Castles and Keeps: Part II

The medieval setting has become almost synonymous with the fantasy genre (to the dismay of … Continue ReadingA Fantasy Writer’s Guide to Castles and Keeps: Part II

A Fantasy Writer’s Guide to Castles and Keeps: Part One

We’ve lost more than we know, but what we have retained has inspired some, if not all, of the greatest fantasy stories in one way or another. Taking the time to do a bit of research on what you’re writing about will empower your storytelling and, hopefully, enthral your readers. Today we’re besieging the fortifications which dominated the Middle Ages, and of course which feature in our beloved fantasy genre. … Read More >A Fantasy Writer’s Guide to Castles and Keeps: Part One

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A fantasy writer’s guide to … medieval weaponry

This week we conclude our tour through medieval history with a glance at the weird and wonderful world of weaponry. This is not a comprehensive guide—I’m sure some of you will be annoyed I’ve left out your favourites—but rather a look at some of the lesser known yet effective weapons. … Read More >A fantasy writer’s guide to … medieval weaponry