Category Archives: research

Guest Author, Gail Z. Martin: Days of the Dead tour!

The fantastic Gail Z. Martin is stopping in today, as part of her Days of the Dead tour, to share her thoughts on Addictive Research, and celebrate her latest releases, Vendetta, and Iron and Blood.   I love this article–she sounds … Continue reading

Posted in books, essays, fantasy, fiction, guest blogs, research, science fiction | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A Brief History of the Inquisition: The Original Thought Police

When I was playing more actively with the Society for Creative Anachronism, I had a Jewish friend with a Spanish persona, circa 1492.  He used to joke that, contrary to Monty Python’s claims, he *did*, expect the Spanish Inquisition. . … Continue reading

Posted in Elisha Rex, history, medieval, religion, research, The Dark Apostle, witchcraft | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Goodreads review: Medieval Ghost Stories by Andrew Joynes

I discovered this book on the recommendation of a scholar who presented a paper about revenants (roaming dead) in Medieval England at this year’s Kalamazoo Medieval Congress. Since this is a topic near to my heart, in more ways than … Continue reading

Posted in book reviews, fantasy, fiction, history, medieval, religion, research | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Developing Fictional Worlds: The Nits are All you Have

As you may know, my most popular blog entry (still) is the one entitled Bilbo Baggins’ Bathrobe: A Example of Poor World-building.  Every month or two, someone new discovers this post and feels they must take me to task for … Continue reading

Posted in essays, fantasy, fiction, history, medieval technology, research, Uncategorized, worldbuilding, writing | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

The Hand-bound Book of Elisha

Some years ago, I did a research project on medieval bookbinding, complete with making my own (rather clumsy) examples. At a street fair in Providence, I found this amazing book offered by a graduate of the Rhode Island School of … Continue reading

Posted in books, essays, medieval, personal, research, The Dark Apostle, writing process | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Year of the (dead) Goat: astrology and inner Asian sports

Chinese Astrology follows a twelve-year cycle of animals who represent the character of the year ahead, and may have an influence over individuals, based on their own astrological animal, (and all kinds of other factors).  The Wall Street Journal welcomed … Continue reading

Posted in essays, history, Mongolia, research | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Bones of the Magi

In my Dark Apostle series about medieval medicine and magic, my secret society of witches refers to themselves as “Magi,” (singular:  magus)  from the Persian word for one with knowledge of Oriental magic and astrology (according to my OED).  Interestingly, … Continue reading

Posted in history, magic, medieval, relics, religion, research, The Dark Apostle | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment