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The Medieval Blacksmith

What did a medieval blacksmith do? Did he only make swords? While I’m sure that there were some who made swords specifically, most blacksmiths would have crafted whatever a paying customer wanted, be that door latches, hinges, horseshoes, pokers, pitchforks, tools, bakeware, nails, swords, weapons, shackles, chain, wire, sconces, and toys. If they were good […]

A Bit About Heraldic Flags

Heraldic flags display coats of arms, badges, or other images for the purpose of personal identification. Each color and symbol represented something specific. Bright colors tended to be a sign of nobility, since dyes were expensive. Think of a school’s colors and mascot. Heraldic flags did the same thing. They identified people with a certain […]

My Adventure Making Blood of Kings Banners

When my online reader/writer friends made a live-action book trailer for To Darkness Fled, I wanted to do something nice to thank them. They all had my books already, so that was out. Then an idea came to me. I could make them each a medieval banner for the city the character was from that […]

Caltrops: The Ideal Weapon

During my research of medieval battle methods, I stumbled upon the caltrop. A caltrop is a weapon with four spikes, crafted so that no matter how it lands, one spike always points upwards. It is easy to make, easy to carry, requires no training to use, requires no maintenance, and can be reused again and […]

Medieval Facts: Lighting, part three: Oil Lamps

We are spoiled. Electricity is an amazing convenience. People have lived without it since God created the earth until Thomas Edison invented the electric light bulb in 1879. Before then, oil lamps were the main source of light at night or in dark buildings. People had plenty of light because fuel was abundant. Oil lamps were […]

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