Sunday, November 4, 2012

Researching the Middle Ages...

How's everyone's morning coming along? I just came back from an hour long walk with my black Labrador. A lot of my stories come up when I'm out walking, but that doesn't mean that I don't have to do some research. 

For instance, The Mercenary Tales are all based on an imaginary medieval age. Due to this I had to research on several topics. One of the things I tried to look into detail was medieval town life. Throughout The Lost Mercenary Gregorii would make two stops at different towns: One, the busy Kingdom capital, Sieghard, The other, a growing kingdom city, Karpathian. 

For my research I used some books. For instance: True Swordsman, a guide to become a true, modern swordsman, written by Adam Sharp or Manners, Customs and Dress During the Middle Ages. I also used several websites, among them, “Medieval England - daily life in medieval towns” was extremely useful, or A brief history of Brothels, an article on The Independent was also quite handy.

Below is a super short excerpt so you can have a glimpse of how this research affected The Lost Mercenary:

Gregorii leaned against the wagon’s wheel and smiled softly. Sitting under the shade with other hired men, he watched the buoyant market square from afar. Men and women hurried around buying, trading or selling goods. Amused, he watched a city constable chase a young thief through the crowds, the tattered boy quicker and with much more wits than the man in red livery. Pigs and geese wandered about while peddlers attempted to sell them, clamoring their price at the top of their lungs. Wagons both empty and packed skipped and bounded over the cobbled terrain, causing the crowd to travel slowly on the teeming street. Near his wagon, a buxom woman bargained loudly with his new employer, the carpet merchant, Reed.

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Debby said...

I would think that research would be the most interesting part of all. I would love to find things about the past.
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Molly said...

I love historical novels and stories. I imagine that the research for these kinds of books are fun and amazing :)

Thanks for a glimpse!

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