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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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According to family lore, my Hessian ancestor was a reluctant soldier.
I chose to feature Hessians in today’s post for English Historical Fiction Authors to better understand one of my ancestors, Johann Gebel. He had a decision to make, one that affected the fam…
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The wonders and horrors of the past both have a place in historical fiction.
I am happy to welcome Barbara Gaskell Denvil to Outtakes as she rereleases Fair Weather, a novel about a dream-haunted writer who time-travels to 13th century London, which has a dark, mysterious, …
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An alternate present needs an alternate past.
I’m happy to welcome author Jessica Knauss to Outtakes as she introduces Awash in Talent, three interconnected novellas of people coping with special abilities. Here, she explains the need for an a…
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A holy man agrees to help a childless couple, but there is a catch.
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A glimpse of the world my characters live in.
By Kim Rendfeld In Charlemagne's day, the monarch's personal life and politics were intertwined, and too many heirs presented a problem. God had a hand in everything, but magic was still very much a part of life. Such a...
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The story of Ugly Petras touches on our' greatest fears and has some emotional justice.
Today, I am happy to welcome Marina J. Neary back to Outtakes as she introduces her latest release, The Gate of Dawn, a dark folkloric thriller with pagan elements. Here, she shares a dark Lithuani…
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The Hessian soldiers who fought for the British in the American Revolution weren't in the army of their own free will.
Hessians were relunctant soldiers. The troops comprised conscripts, and their societies saw them as anything but the best and brightest.
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40 pages of math to get an observable result  for atoms? That's what happened when Werner Heisenberg tried a different approach.
In this installment on the history of atom theory, physics professor (and my dad) Dean Zollman discusses how Werner Heisenberg—he of the Uncertainty Principle—decided to take a mathematical approac…
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Sometimes one word can say a lot about a couple's relationship.
Waldelen and Flavia’s story of seeking divine intervention from Saint Columbanus struck me in many ways, but one could easily escape notice. Columbanus’s hagiographer, a monk named Jonas, uses the …
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Marriage held high stakes in the Regency, especially for the bride. If she was jilted, she could sue for damages. A guest post by Maria Grace.
I am happy to welcome Maria Grace back to Outtakes as she introduces her latest release, The Trouble to Check Her, where Lydia Bennet must face the consequences of running off with Mr. Wickham. Her…
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I understand why the term "Dark Ages" riles people, but sometime will use it anyway.
What should we call that period between roughly 500 and 1000, which includes the setting of my novels? In my scholarly-like moments, I say early medieval times, but often, I’ll type Dark Ages…
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