Jill Williamson | Where Adventure Comes to Life

Jill Williamson | Where Adventure Comes to Life

The Medieval Blacksmith

Jill Williamson on February 25, 2011

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 […]

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A Bit About Heraldic Flags

Jill Williamson on December 22, 2010

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 […]

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My Adventure Making Blood of Kings Banners

Jill Williamson on December 18, 2010

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 […]

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Caltrops: The Ideal Weapon

Jill Williamson on October 15, 2010

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 […]

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Medieval Facts: Lighting, part three: Oil Lamps

Jill Williamson on May 5, 2010

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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Medieval Facts: Lighting, part two: Torches

Jill Williamson on January 21, 2010

Have you ever tried to start a fire from plain old wood? It’s not so easy and certainly wouldn’t burst into flame like the torch in this picture. At the start, anyway. Torches were more than sticks. They were made from branches or sticks of wood, preferably green or wet wood to prevent the fire […]

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Medieval Facts: Lighting, part one

Jill Williamson on January 19, 2010

Let’s face it, if you’ve ever been to a rural area at night, out in the woods, far away from any buildings, it’s dark. Especially if it’s a moonless, cloudy night. So how did people see before electricity was invented? I grew up in Alaska in a home without electricity. In the summer, it stayed […]

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Excerpt from By Darkness Hid: Achan Getting Dressed in Armor

Jill Williamson on October 26, 2009

If you’ve read By Darkness Hid, you know that Sir Gavin tends to rush things. I’m now working on the third book in the trilogy and Achan is getting dressed for battle–a real one, not tournament. I’ll post some interesting information about that soon, but for now, here is an excerpt from book one, when […]

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Some interesting medieval facts

Jill Williamson on September 21, 2009

While I was finishing up book two in the Blood of Kings series, I pulled out all my medieval research from book one to refresh my memory on the times. Here are some fun things I learned about the middle ages that I tried to use in my book. -Medieval people did not eat with forks […]

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