If you were a ruler of a fantasy world, would you prefer to be a king of a single kingdom or an emperor of multiple kingdoms? The reason I ask is I am initially making the ruler of my fantasy world an emperor of nine kingdoms. What do you think?
For some time I have been planning to build the setting of my fantasy book around a supercontinent. A supercontinent is essentially the only giant landmass on a planet. The most famous supercontinent is Pangea, which eventually broke apart into the seven continents that exist today. I like the idea of a supercontinent because is symbolizes a form of unity. If Pangea never broke apart, our nations would have been brought closer together. In my fantasy book, the supercontinent will be divided up into many kingdoms under a single empire. This would be similar to how England and Ireland were divided up into petty kingdoms. Due to my past as a prehistory buff, this would be a good way to reconnect with the distant past.
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.
I discovered an interesting article that may potentially prove that King Arthur may have been based on an actual historical figure. Since my fantasy book will have elements of Arthurian Legend, I may examine this further for more inspiration. Check it out!
As I continue to write my fantasy book, I wonder what kind of palace would be fit for an emperor. Because emperors command more wealth, land, and power than any king, I am thinking that an emperor’s palace would be much larger and more regal than that of a king. Therefore, I contemplate on what kind of architecture such a palace would include and how big it would be. I can imagine it being a beautiful structure beyond words, but also having the tallest towers and strongest walls in the entire empire. What do you think?
I am thinking of giving my fantasy book a sequel that takes place after the main character’s reign. It would focus on their descendants and the aftermath of their heir’s coronation. At this point, I realized that medieval wars were fought for two common reasons. They are either fought for one ruler usurping another or a blood feud when the line of succession is disputed. There have been prominent examples of royal blood feuds in medieval England from The Anarchy where Matilda challenged her cousin Stephen for the English throne to the War of the Roses when the Yorks and Lancasters were at each other’s throats. I am thinking of having the sequel revolve around a civil war that is also a royal blood feud.
I have continued to study the history of English kings and queens in order to draw inspiration for characters in my fantasy book. Among these monarchs was Richard I or Richard the Lionheart. Richard was a very intriguing king for a number of reasons. He was the son of Henry II and older brother of John I. He and his brothers was raised by his mother through her idea of what chivalry was. As a result, Richard saw himself as a storybook hero and he expressed this through either tournaments or during his exploits during the Crusades. Still, his chivalrous behavior ultimately made him naive and reckless because since he saw himself as a storybook hero he thought he would always have a happy ending. After the Crusades, Richard attempted to turn the journey back to England into an adventure by traveling alone and in disguise. Eventually, he was found and arrested by the Duke of Austria and he was held for ransom for 100,000 pounds of silver, which was eight years worth of taxes and nearly bankrupted England. Then things went from bad to worse for the Lionheart. On the way to England, Richard participated in an irrelevant siege, where he was shot with a crossbow that left an infected wound. Chivalrous to the bitter end, Richard had the man who shot him brought to him then pardoned the man and gave him money before dying. However, the man was rearrested and flayed alive afterward. Due to his recklessness and idealistic mindset, I think Richard’s character would be a good model for the main character during their early conquests.