Category Archives: History

Medieval charters from Salford Hundred

Stuart Mendelsohn runs a superb blog examining the medieval documents of Salford Hundred in Lancashire – an area he rightly points out is among the least explored in England, at least as far as medieval history is concerned. He’s just uploaded … Continue reading

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RIP Mick Aston, 1946-2013

Mick Aston died yesterday, June 24, 2013. I never met him, never spoke to or corresponded with him. Those who knew, worked or studied with him will have their own stories. Though I saw some episodes, I was not an … Continue reading

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Review: Robin of Sherwood

 Note: this is a minor reworking of a review I originally published on rpg.net in August 2003. Robin of Sherwood is, for many people, the definitive modern version of the Robin Hood legend. Moody, atmospheric, superbly written and acted, with … Continue reading

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I got cited!

No, not for the blog – at this stage in a young blog’s life, regular readers are as rare as unicorns (maybe I can catch some with a virgin). Nope. It’s for the medieval farming calendar I first wrote back … Continue reading

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Hida Province map

This is a work in progress – the province-level map for the Chrysanthemum War campaign. I’m drawing this with Campaign Cartographer 3 and Fractal Terrains 2.3, both from Profantasy Software. I took the GTOPO30 data I used for the central … Continue reading

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Sengoku-era Honshu

Here’s a work in progress for a game I’m planning to run during Ramadan, a few weeks hence. I’m slowly refining my technique for creating shaded relief maps in Campaign Cartographer 3 . The technique I imported GTOPO30 data into … Continue reading

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A medieval journey

I recently found copies of the first two volumes of James E. Thorold Rogers’ A History of Agriculture and Prices in England (the first two volumes cover 1259-1400). I found a rather terse description of this journey on page 614 … Continue reading

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Review: Robin Hood – The Role Playing Campaign

As part of an effort to assemble my various scribblings in one place, this is a review I originally posted to rpg.net in August 2003. Graham Staplehurst’s Robin Hood: The Role Playing Campaign (ICE, 1987) is a true gem among … Continue reading

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Review: Lionheart – Living History in England 1190AD

As part of an effort to assemble my various scribblings in one place, this is a review I originally posted to RPG.net in August 2003. Edwin King’s Lionheart: Living History in England 1190AD (Columbia Games Inc, 1987) is neither history … Continue reading

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Books by my bedside

After a long time with the bulk of my library in boxes, I’ve been diving back into the study of English medieval landscapes with a vengeance, and particularly some of the books I hardly had time to flick through before … Continue reading

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