Category Archives: History

Homosexuality in the Middle Ages

In Chivalry & Sorcery 5th Edition we referred briefly to medieval attitudes towards homosexuality and to an active gay scene in the 11th and 12th centuries. This article explores homosexuality in the Middle Ages in more detail. This is a … Continue reading

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Genderqueer people in the Middle Ages

One aspect of the diversity of medieval life we did not address in Chivalry & Sorcery 5th Edition concerns genderqueer people. This article is intended to correct that omission, in more detail than the core rulebook would have allowed. The … Continue reading

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Diversity, historical accuracy and Chivalry & Sorcery

Common factoids (things that look like facts but aren’t) about the Middle Ages are that people of colour didn’t exist in medieval Europe, that women didn’t fight (or do much other than be wives or nuns), and that homosexuality was … Continue reading

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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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