INSPIRATION: BATTLE OF TOWTON

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For the second volume of my fantasy series, I am planning on depicting a very epic and bloody battle that will pit two armies that are each roughly one hundred thousand strong. To make the battle as believable as possible, I will be drawing inspiration on the Battle of Towton from the War of the Roses. The Battle of Towton was the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought on British soil where sixty thousand men fought one another. Of those sixty thousand only half of those men survived the bloodbath. This skirmish was a crushing defeat for the Lancastrians and also consolidated Edward IV’s position as a strong and charismatic leader, which would eventually crown him King of England. While I will be basing my battle on some of the tactics of Towton, I will also be making it even larger and more epic as new weapons of war are deployed.

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HOW THE WHITE WALKERS WILL CROSS THE WALL

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I think I found out how the White Walkers are going to get past the Wall. In the Season 7 opening credits, we got a clue when we saw the Wall. If you look closely, you will see that the ocean on the eastern side of the Wall is completely frozen. Due to this, the White Walkers are not going to attack the Wall directly. Instead they are just going to go around it by crossing the frozen ocean on the eastern side of the Wall. This is similar to what happened in 1940 with the Maginot Line, which was designed to halt the Nazi’s military offensive in France. However, even though the Maginot Line was impregnable, the Nazis simply went around it, which led to the evacuation of Dunkirk. I think the White Walkers are going to take a similar approach with the Wall. This might be one of the reasons why the White Walkers waited until now to reveal themselves. They were not just biding their time to rebuild their strength. They were waiting for a winter that was cold enough to freeze the sea on the east side of the Wall so they can go around it. If the Night’s Watch finds this out, they will be so cross that they defended the Wall ultimately for nothing.

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 7: SEA BATTLE

Tonight, I got to see the epic sea battle we were promised in Season 7 of Game of Thrones and it was epic! Euron Greyjoy (who I nickname the Mad Kraken) is definitely closer to what he was in the books. His insanity and ferocity in the battle was so crazy that it was easy to like him as a villain. The Sand Snakes have also been improved in this one scene after their character was ruined beyond repair by the producers. Also it was interesting to see the psychological issues the battle was giving Theon Greyjoy because it looked as though he was regressing back into Reek. Overall, this was a VERY satisfactory first battle for the season and I am more than eager for more. On a side note, Euron Greyjoy and Cersei Lannister may have won this battle, but the War of the Five Kings will belong to Daenerys Targaryen even though this one battle destroyed her alliances with Dorne and Yara Greyjoy.

MEDIEVAL RECIPE: ICED MILK WITH HONEY

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I am experimenting with a new medieval recipe I came across: iced milk with honey. This picture features the ingredients I will be using in this experiment. As I am about to begin the second volume of my fantasy series, I seek new opportunities to try medieval cuisine. For this case, I think this would be a nice breakfast or dessert drink.

You combine one cup of milk, two tablespoons of honey, and a pinch of cinnamon. I then mix them together the ingredients before pouring them into a glass and adding a few ice cubes. Then I let the drink chill for an hour. I am currently waiting for my timer to sound so I can taste the fruit of my labors. I will keep you updated.