I have come to a realization! The more books I read and the more documentaries I watch, the more understanding I gain regarding courtly intrigue of medieval times. I am learning about how a monarch grants favor to his loyalists, how he keeps tabs on potential dissent, how he regulates taxes, and so on. All of these things I never knew before I engaged in this new project. In many ways, researching for my fantasy project has been extremely fruitful in more ways than one and made me more knowledgeable about history than I ever was before. Out of the many projects I have worked on over the years, this has become one of the most satisfactory.
Daggers have always been a common weapon in both medieval history and fantasy. Sometimes daggers are used in combat and sometimes for ceremonial purposes. In my fantasy series, I am thinking of featuring daggers that are used for both purposes. I will therefore draw inspiration from the various daggers I encountered at Medieval Times and include features from each one.
Due to my independent history lessons, I have taken a keen interest in English royalty ranging from William the Conquerer to Henry VIII to the current monarch Queen Elizabeth II. For the main character of my fantasy series, I will be drawing inspiration from many of these monarchs and include traits from their personalities and reigns. For example, I will base the character’s quest for the throne on that of William the Conquerer and Henry VII. I will also be drawing inspiration from the Golden Age reign of Queen Elizabeth I and the number of children of Henry I. Another example is that I will base his lifespan and reign for however long Queen Elizabeth II lives and reigns. The reason for this is because she is currently the longest reigning monarch in English history due to being on the throne for over 64 years and counting. Because she is still living and ruling, I may need to wait a few years to write the ending of my fantasy series in order to depict the end of my protagonist’s life as king, which will serve as the capstone of his story. Fortunately, this will give me time to write the early years of my protagonist’s life, which will serve as the bulk of the story. Overall, I am finding English royalty to be an interesting source of inspiration for my fantasy series and molding a character into an ideal fantasy king.
Throughout the Middle Ages, tournaments have been a rich tradition in which knights would battle one another for money and glory. Some tournaments last a week while others last several months. The sports involved ranged from melee to jousting, which drew excited crowds from across the land. At the end of my fantasy project, I am thinning of depicting a massive and extravagant tournament that lasts for more than three months. In addition to being a sporting event, this tournament will be a celebratory event that brings the once fractured kingdom together. I am thinking of visiting the Medieval Times restaurant and the Renaissance Fair for inspiration and to bask in the roaring of the crowd and clatter of steel.
I have finally started the fantasy project that I had planned for over a year. It was so thoroughly planned out that I could not wait any longer to write it. I decided to start at the very beginning, where a kingdom has fallen, a hero is born, and an adventure begins. For the character names and locations, I have drawn inspiration from the Latin language. In addition, I have drawn inspiration from Norse and Celtic mythology as well as Arthurian legend. Based on what I have planned so far, I think this is going to be an explosive writing project and I cannot wait to keep you updated.
One of the most famous usages of alchemy is the creation of a homunculus, which means “little man” in Latin. In general, a homunculus is an artificial human being. The most famous homunculus would be Frankenstein’s monster since he was a man-made sentient being that was not naturally born. One could argue that robots, androids, and clones are real life homunculus because they are sentient beings that are artificially made. I imagine an army of hundreds of thousands of homunculus marching through the lands, creating mayhem and destruction wherever they go. It is a chilling idea to consider and I look forward to experimenting with it further.
I visited the Stanley Kubrick Museum and found exhibits that displayed props, costumes, clips, and story art from his various films. This is a picture of a costume from A Clockwork Orange, which was one of the darkest and most psychologically twisted films I ever saw. Still, I often imagine the so-called “therapy” that Alex went through in the film being applied to other villainous individuals I know. I also discovered clips and props from Fullmetal Jacket, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Spartacus. I even discovered films he made that I didn’t even know existed until now such as Eyes Wide Shut and that he almost made A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Overall, it was amazing to walk through a series of rooms dedicated to one man’s legacy.