Have a joyous day on this, the High Feast of the Incarnation. Feast to the death of winter, and to the birth of the Redeemer.
All posts for the month December, 2014
Posted by docschott on December 25, 2014
[Obligate apology for being offline for a couple weeks]
First off, Medievalists.net has a feature on a recently-excavated medieval fortress city in Salisbury (abandoned due to some king vs. Church shenannigans in the 14th century, so it’s preserved quite well – unlike most medieval cities). The aerial photography makes the layout of the city itself visible, and the cathedral and keep’s floorplan are even clearer. The article is here.
One of the cool things about the internet has always been the way it gives you access to things you could never see normally. Unfortunately, it takes a hell of a lot of work to find what you need. So.. I’ve spent most of the last month researching military drill, naval tactics, and clothing construction in the 1600s (with some branching into the 1700s). I’m collecting a link library of high-quality scans of various primary sources, mostly drill-books and a few strategic works, to help out other wargamers and DMs get a feel for the military of various historical periods. Even if you’re just a history buff, they provide some valuable context on the lives of soldiers. It’s living temporarily in this pastebin.
Yes, I know the list of historical conflicts is incomplete and Eurocentric. I’m also using the most common American name for the conflicts to reduce confusion on my end, which will no doubt give someone a severe case of butthurt.
Anyway, right now I’m busy cross-referencing a bunch of books on Ottoman drill and military structure for a personal project (maybe a publishable one!). It’s a bitch sorting out the truth from the lies, self-aggrandisment, and general panic that most Europeans were dealing with at the time (the late Renaissance/Early Modern period). If I can find reliable primaries, they’re next in line for the library, then it’s time for screenshots and organizing an actual website for this.
Posted by docschott on December 11, 2014