Much Medieval Mayhem

Much Medieval Mayhem – or how a tossed bloody cucumber brought a medieval legend to life

Some years ago, I was a member of a retweet group. One of the other members was today’s guest, Jessica Knauss, and I very soon discovered she and I had a lot in common, starting with a love of all things medieval—especially if set in Spain. Having discovered Jessica’s blog—because seriously, how can one NOT […]

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Much Medieval Mayhem – straddling the zone where myth and history meet

After so many weeks of lovely medieval posts we are now well into December, a month that in medieval times was usually a period of fasting. Three days a week, the so called “ember days”, good Christians would abstain from meat and certain other foods as well as wine, honeyed ale, gambling and sex. By

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Much Medieval Mayhem – from star-crossed sci-fi fan to medieval crusaders

Today’s guest is not a newcomer to my blog. Char and I collaborated several years ago on a post about Sodomy and Sex in the Middle Ages – as one does—and more recently she visited in connection with the release of her sci-fi novel, Echoes in the Storm. Yes, dear peeps, a sci-fi novel. Char

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Much Medieval Mayhem – piling up the bodies, or how E.M. Powell ended up writing medieval crime

I first came into contact with today’s guest when I picked up the first book in her Fifth Knight series. I was swept away to a vibrant medieval world, and I fell quite, quite in love with the protagonist Benedict—and with Elaine’s depiction of Henry II. Not that she pulls her punches: Elaine’s Henry is

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Much Medieval Mayhem – meet a present day Lady of Mercia!

Today’s guest is a person I admire greatly. I love how deftly she weaves history and plot together, how gently she breathes life into her characters. I cry when I read her books. I smile. I experience smells and sounds and sights. More than anything, I become utterly submerged in a world that lies more

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Much Medieval Mayhem – how Shakespeare inspired a fascination with all things medieval

It is Tuesday again, and today’s guest is Mercedes Rochelle, a lady with quite the interesting combination of skills. After all, building your own log cabin reasonably requires a lot of skill, as does gardening—especially when you’re aiming for a natural garden, i.e. one that as much as possible resembles the natural habitat. Mercedes has

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More Medieval Mayhem – meet a writer who dug her protagonist out of the ground!

Today’s guest has the UK record in most Bronze Age axehoards found on one field.  Impressive – as is the fact that there is a record in this somewhat obscure “sport”. Other than her axehoards, Nicky Moxey is also a lady one should avoid riling as she is an avid practitioner of Karate. Nicky and

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Much Medieval Mayhem – how a multi-dead reenactor resurrected to write

I bet you’re all a bit confused by today’s title. What does Anna mean, a multi-dead reenactor? No one can die more than once, can they? Very true–unless, like today’s guest Paula Lofting, you are a reeneactor. Peeps who dress up to reenact battles and other historic events very often die as part of their

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Much Medieval Mayhem – A Roman history enthusiast carves a new world from medieval chaos!

Today is the day I kick off the collaborative medieval event here on my blog. You, my dear lucky readers, will over the coming eight weeks or so have the opportunity to meet up with a number of writers who share the medieval bug with me–in one way or the other. As I wrote in

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Much Medieval Mayhem – here we come

Right: I’m going to come straight out and admit it. I am an overachiever. Always have been, always will be, which is why I have not contented myself with organising one multiple contributor event on my blog this autumn – I am going for two. The only other person I know off who does something

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