Archive for the ‘Mythbusting in a Crusade Novel’ Category

The ultimate crusade novel: (I) The epistemological dilemma

Like most other people, I suppose, I get ideas for novels. Unlike many of them, however, I know my own limitations. That which I know I cannot do, I do not attempt. I simply do not have the storyteller bone or gene or whatever it is. But if only I could, I should write such […]

The ultimate crusade novel: (II) The armed pilgrimage

We all know the outcome of the First Crusade. The participants, of course, did not. What better way could there be, therefore, to bring out the improbable cliffhanger nature of this story, and at the same time to preserve reader identification, than to adopt the point of view of our techno-barbarian time-travellers and make them […]

The ultimate crusade novel: (III) A little social background

A final surprise for the most spectacularly ignorant of our techno-barbarians would be the total absence – in any organised way – of wizards, magic and even witches. All that stuff is what historians call ‘early-modern’ and not medieval, or at least not high-medieval. Even the systematic burning of heretics lies more than a century […]

The ultimate crusade novel: (IV) the third strand

For a novel, even a SF one, we so need some actual science-related arc as well as plot elements related to the pedagogic explication of the period travelled to. My suggestion is for our time-travellers gradually to suspect the presence of other travellers, from an even further future. The initial assumption will be that their […]