Drinking Ale–An Essential Detail of Historical Fiction Set in Medieval England

Guest Post by Lee Swanson - Ale was the staple drink among the medieval English population, not beer or wine. The first importation of beer is believed to have been no earlier than 1400 at Winchelsea and the initial cultivation of hops on English soil to have occurred in 1520. Wine was an alternative beverage … Continue reading Drinking Ale–An Essential Detail of Historical Fiction Set in Medieval England

Mind Readers: Thoughts on the Historical Imagination

Guest Post by Jeffrey Hantover - Within the broad boundaries of historical reality, writers of historical fiction must create a fictional reality that has integrity. The parts must fit together. The whole created must be believable. One jarring slang phrase from the 21st century from the mouth of a Roman emperor or a Julia Child … Continue reading Mind Readers: Thoughts on the Historical Imagination