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50 years passed between the missions but it is possible.
by Kim Rendfeld As the pagan Continental Saxons burned their way through East Francia in 774, the residents of the Abbey of Fritzlar feared ...
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A dispute within a royal family could escalate to a literal war.
When he was merely King Charles, one of Charlemagne’s family feuds involved his ex-father-in-law, along with his widowed sister-in-law and her young sons, and the fate of the Church hung in the bal…
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It took a lot of skill and stamina to create frescoes in the 8th and 9th centuries.
By Kim Rendfeld Despite constant warfare and the threat of famine and disease in the Dark Ages, the people loved their art. It could transport them beyond their daily worries. Or reinforce the message of whoever paid for ...
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If we're to believe the source, Wilgils got married solely to beget a child who would spread the Gospel.
By Kim Rendfeld. Saint Wilgils probably was born a pagan, but once he converted to Christianity, the faith dictated his life. Wilgils, a householder in Northumbria, was likely born in the 630s, a turbulent time for both politics and religion. King Edwin, who had accepted baptism in 627, ...
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In early medieval times, scholars studied the creation to understand the creator.
By Kim Rendfeld In Charlemagne’s day (748-814), astronomy was a blend of natural philosophy and religion, a study of the creation — and the creator. Medieval people saw God’s hand in everything, from providing a good ...
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Every once in a while a novelist realizes that thing she made up has a grain of truth.
Every once in a while, a historical novelist comes across something that makes her realize her invention is more plausible than she originally thought. In The Ashes of Heaven’s Pillar (to be …
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This week only, a giveaway of "The Cross and the Dragon."
From Monday, Sept. 19, to Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, you can enter the giveaway for Kim Rendfeld’s rereleased debut, The Cross and the Dragon ....
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When a writer bases a fictional setting on a real place, the key word here is "based on."
I’m happy to welcome my friend author Donna Cronk to Outtakes. Donna has written two contemporary Christian novels whose widowed heroine Samantha Jerrett must start over and decides to do so …
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The yearning for art transcends time and cultures.
Several years ago, a then-critique partner commented on my reference to a mural in an early medieval building in The Cross and the Dragon—something like, “Weren’t they barbarians? How c…
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A new start in my writing career, complete with giveaways.
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As horrified as I am by the mother's deed, I also see a scared, destitute teenager without family or friends.
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Churchmen disapproved the enslavement of war captives. A missionary can't convert someone if they're shipped off to a non-Christian land.
By Kim Rendfeld Bishops in Carolingian Francia disliked the slave trade, but not for the reasons you might think. When Carolingian kings conquered a pagan land, it was an opportunity for Christian missionaries to spre...
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