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HERALDRY

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Heraldry always played a significant role in medieval history. It was to display a noble house’s status, rank, and pedigree. During the War of the Roses, the House of Lancaster used the red rose as their heraldry while the House of York used the white rose as their heraldry. During the Battle of Bosworth Field, Henry Tudor used the red dragon of Wales as his heraldry while Richard III used a wild boar as his heraldry. The Tudor Dynasty used a rose that was both red and white as their heraldry. I am thinking of utilizing heraldry in my fantasy book and they will serve as a form of symbolism for each emperor, king, and nobleman in the story.

GAME OF THRONES: DROGON SEASON 7

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A leaked photo from Season 7 of Game of Thrones was released. It shows just how big Daenerys’ dragon Drogon will be this season. Apparently, Drogon grows to the size of a Boeing 747, which is about the same size as Balerion the Black Dread, the largest and mightiest of the Targaryen dragons. I cannot wait to see the carnage and mayhem Drogon will unleash upon the Lannisters and their remaining allies especially since Winter is here!

OVERVIEW: MEDIEVAL FEAST

Overall, the medieval reenactment I went to was very productive, fun, and educational. I got to participate on medieval sports such as an archery competition and a viking equivalent of chess. The food was also educational and I documented all the tastes, smells, and textures for future reference in my writing. A number of the food that was presented I never had before. Also, I learned how to play the lute and spin wool into yarn. My hypocras was hugely popular and I got to sing The Rains of Castamere from Game of Thrones to the baron and baroness hosting the event. I also learned how I can get archery and swordsmanship lessons because the group had connections to such programs. It was a very enjoyable experience and I look forward to the next event they will be hosting next month.

SAMPLING SOUP AND BREAD

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At the medieval reenactment, I got to sample a special kind of soup. It is a centuries-old Russian recipe that is a vegetable recipe with cabbage and kale. I even had the option to include some stewed pork. The pork was tender, the cabbage was mildly crunchy, and the broth was filling and rich. In addition, I tried bread from the period and it had a somewhat subtle vegan taste despite being bread. There will be scenes in my fantasy book that take place in a tavern or inn and I think this soup and bread would be something the characters could order.

WRITING UPDATE: FANTASY BOOK (CHAPTER 21)

I have started the twenty-first chapter of the fantasy book and my first skirmish has begun. This chapter depicts a skirmish because it is not an open battle or a siege battle, but a chaotic ambush and subsequent massacre. It will be man against beast and steel against magic. It will also foreshadow the outcome of the siege battle. I know it’s late, but writing this chapter is such an adrenaline rush and it is hard to stop writing.