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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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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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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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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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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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