By the best classic historical fiction books I mean all those juicy 19th- and 20th-century must-read literary novels that you’d find in almost any bibliophile’s library predating 1960. Many of these historical fiction classics were written over a hundred years ago, world best sellers that will most likely continue to be read by history novel lovers a hundred years from now!
So, my solo road trip across Canada was not what you’d expect! I drove across Canada coast to coast in the month of August, 2022, from Vancouver Island to Cape Breton Island in 27 days. I did it affordably, safely and had a wonderful time. I’m still excited to have
If you still play Skyrim in 2022, you’re in the right place to learn about some other similar games you might want to check out. During my time away from work I’ve come across many sword fighting video games similar to Skyrim. Today I want to share a list of what I believe to be the best medieval video games like Skyrim.
It’s about time I added to our previous list of the best medieval YouTube channels. A lot has changed since then, and here are more medieval mythbusters to binge on YouTube to absord that precious medieval knowledge. Feel free to go back and check out part one of this series.
When someone asked me how much a real sword costs and if you can buy one on Amazon, I did what I usually do whenever someone brings up swords and politely educated them on why historically accurate swords are the best. Now I want to take this chance to provide
What are the best medieval movies? If you’ve read my blog before then you might be surprised to know that by “the best” I don’t mean “the most realistic”, at least not this time. It’s hard to find a realistic medieval movie, but I’ll point out what some films did
Tod of Tod’s Worksop YouTube channel recently released a video wherein he discusses why filmmakers sacrifice medieval realism in movies. Today I want to share this video with you, partly because I believe Tod’s Workshop is a great YouTube channel worth sharing but mainly because I have some critique for this video that some medievalists and/or fantasy lovers might find interesting.
There are hundreds of wonderful channels on YouTube devoted to history and medieval studies. You’ll see the channels here have earned their followers rightly for your academic pleasure. Even though these channels and many others have been branded together as “The Community of the Sword,” each one is very unique. Some channels provide a more in-depth look at traditional fantasy compared to historical reality by commentating on popular movies. Others ignore modern popular culture and teach HEMA and medieval armor at highly professional levels. For your convenience and mine I’ve simply taken the liberty of giving each one an award.
This morning I watched Ran (directed and written by Akira Kurosawa) and I must say it nearly made me cry! Lately I’ve been growing more appreciative of the epic filming style of older movies. Modern movies like to zoom in on individuals during warfare, but movies like Ran like to zoom out and show