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.
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.
At the medieval reenactment, I learned how to spin wool into yarn. The process was initially tricky, but with some help I got the hang of it. I am thinking of using what I have learned to depict the point of view of some female characters in my fantasy book.
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.
At the medieval reenactment, I got to learn how to play the lute. I admit that my initial attempts were unsuccessful, but I got a good idea of how it feels when you play it. I might consider what I have learned from the point of view of a minstrel in my fantasy book.
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.
Tomorrow, I will be attending another medieval reenactment that will show what it is like to be part of a lord’s feast. This will give me more authentic inspiration for my fantasy book because it will display food from the period that I will sample. This is also where I will take the five bottles of hypocras I brewed. I told them that I was bringing it and they went berserk. Apparently the hypocras is going to make me super-popular at the event. There will also be medieval games such as archery and bocce among others. It is going to be an epic event and I look forward to being a part of it. I will share videos and pictures when the event is over.