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Quaraun Novel Update: Starting in 2014, in preparation for the 40th Anniversary of The Twighlight Manor Series (September 23, 1978/2018), all 2,000+ short stories are being compiled into chronological order, to be re-released as a series of 130 novels. All the original short stories are being republished both here on EelKat.com and on Amazon. In the novels, each short story now stands as a "chapter" in the novels. New scenes/stories are being writing to connect the short stories together into novel format.
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NOTE: The goal of this page is not to provide you with in-depth details of medieval servants, but rather to point out various disturbing facts about everyday medieval life that historical fiction authors willfully choose to ignore for the sake of writing a warm, fluffy, happy story.
Many of the facts about medieval life presented here are purposely jarring, disturbing, have high squick factors, and are meant to open your eyes to the harshness every day people lived with, in the hopes that writers will stop sugar coating medieval life in their novels, and make some sort of attempt to actually research the period they are writing about, before they write it.
Things that happen today in the 2000's - like bathing daily, white bread or just bread without bugs in it, drinking clean water, and women being thought of as Humans - did not exist in the medieval world.
Because this page details actual things that occurred in every day medieval life, much of the content of this page is Not Safe For Work.
Reader discretion is advised.
Part 2 of My Answer: To this question On the topic of writing Medieval Servants: Their jobs and their place in historical fiction.
Here is the side note, deleted from the original article, but now added here to the Part 2 of it...
In Medieval fantasy you see people attending church services every Sunday. In real Medieval times church services were held once every other month (6 times a year) not weekly. Each family would have had a mall altar or shrine in their homes, where they would pray 5 times a day as they had been taught to do by Catholic monks and nuns. Most villages would have had a monastery or convent either in town or on the outskirts.
People needing religious advice would go there for answers, during the week. People who had sinned would go to the monks and request to be forgiving, than they would pay the sum required to be forgiven for the sin in question. If you told a lie, you may only have to pay a few coins to buy your forgiveness, if you killed your neighbor, you may have to pay by giving your land to the church.
Also in Medieval times most people did not count days or know the concept of weeks/months/years in the same way we do. Most folks just lived one day to the next and when winter ended and planting season arrived they announced that a new year had begun, whether 6 months had passed or 2 years had passed since the last time they planted crops. That was their concept of a year.
They knew to go the church because a town crier would come through and announce that the bishop/ priest/ pope was in town all the way from Italy and it was time to be inspected (going to church was like getting your car inspected, only if you failed to pass the Christianity test you were executed at best, or made the personal indebted and daily tortured slave of the bishop /priest/ pope at worst.)
Bishops/ priests/ popes were the most feared people of the land - more feared than tax collectors, and kings were terrified of them as well, because church leaders were vast land mongers and if they decided they wanted your land, than you would not pass your Christianity inspection no matter how saintly you were. The religious leaders of Medieval times were among the most corrupt, violent, bloodthirsty, murderous men to ever walk the face of the earth at any time period: these men made Hitler look like a saint, that’s how bad they were.
It is important to note that in Medieval times the Catholic leaders: popes, bishops, priests, monks, nuns, etc, were not the celibate unmarried folks we know today. Most were married and had families, polygamy was not an uncommon practice in Medieval times and the wealthier a man was the more wives he could afford to buy. The Catholic church did not forbid leaders from marrying until into the 1600s, well after the Medieval period had ended.
Remember that wives were bought, not married in Medieval times, and a wife was nothing more than a house servant who slept with the master, and there are many books from Medieval times written for men on how to take care of their livestock, and these books contains lists of livestock which include: horses, dogs, cows, wives, pigs, and daughters.
Men could go to the local blacksmith and along with getting his horse shoes, he could also have his wife fitted with a chastity belt (cast iron panties) to prevent other men from using her and a bridle (some of which resembled bird cages bolted to her neck and forehead) which prevented her from talking. Leather makers sold collars and leashes, which wives were lead around by whenever they went out in public. This would have included queens and princesses as well, who most likely to have been kidnapped from enemy kings, and paraded through the streets as trophies, than publicly raped by the king, so that the entire town was a witness to the “marriage”.
Note that the word marriage meant: the act of stealing a woman’s virginity, or the act of claiming ownership by raping her. This was always done publically, both to shame the female into never allowing another man in her bed, and to show other men, this one’s mine I’ll kill you if you touch her. Medieval people did not have the “sex is a sin to be done in secret” mindset that would develop in Victorian times.
In Medieval times: Women were property, marriage was rape, age of consent was 10, incest was common practice, religious leaders got first choice of daughters, fathers got second choice, brothers got third choice, the man with the highest bid got to buy her if no priest or man in the family wanted her, and sex was public.
You got to remember, marrying outside of family was condemned by the Church in Medieval times. Men were expected to marry their daughters. If a man had 4 wives it was because his first wife had given birth to 3 daughters and no sons. If he had a son, then one of the daughters would have gone to the son.
Medieval Europe was VERY clannish and VERY concerned with not "tainting the bloodline". No one mixed races. No one married outside their family in order to ensure purity of blood. If they were marrying outside of family, it was done for political reasons, to unit two regions into one, to end a war, or to pay off a debt. This incest norm became less common in later Medieval years, but still continued right into the Renaissance, and would not be fully shunned until the Victorian era.
Remember: white Europeans were EXCESSIVELY paranoid about getting dirty Semite blood or dirty Canaanite blood or dirty pagan witch blood, mixed in with their pure white Aryan blood. The Templar Knights were glorified for their mass murders of all non-whites, and their white robes, red crosses, and pointy hoods, can still be seen worn by the Templar today. (Raise your hand if you knew the Templar Knights, still existed, still killed all none whites in the name of Christian purity and are now known as The Loyal White Knights of The Ku Klux Klan, the Final Division of The Templar Knights of God? Next time you do a Google search for images of a Templar Knight Uniform, do a side by side Google search of the Klu Klux Klan uniform. Look at a Templar Knight flag side by side a Loyal White Knight flag. You might want to rethink glorifying the Templar Knights when you realize exactly who they are and what they do.)
Remember if your princess really is a princess in a Medieval castle, she'll be expected to start giving birth to daddy king's babies soon as she reach's 10 years old, in order to ensure the purity of their royal white blood and make sure no "evil" non white blood gets into the family tree, and any knights marching around her castle will be white power colour murdering fanatic wearing white robes and brandishing a white flag with a red KKK Templar Knight cross on it.
It was a sin to marry (rape) a nun, thus most girls elected to become nuns as soon as they got their periods.
It is very important to keep these facts in mind when writing historically accurate Medieval fiction and it is especially important to keep the horrors of being a female front and center when choosing to write your Medieval main character as female.
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Here is yet another side note, deleted from the original article, but now added here to the Part 2 of it...
Side note:Albinos were common among the European aristocrats. It was what would lead to the belief in Aryan races, that would eventually lead to Hitler murdering Jews. The belief started way back in Medieval times. These frail super white babies were seen as "Holy Children and "proof" that the royals were a direct blood lineage to God himself.
Do you know what caused Albinism?
You CAN NOT be born an albino unless you are at minimum a 3rd generation of incest. In other words: your father is ALSO both your grand father, AND your great grand father. It is the ONLY way to produce an albino. Science has proven this through DNA research of albinism in animals AND albinism in Humans alive today.
There are no known albinos alive (animal or human) alive today, that their DNA results have not proven to be the product of 3 generations of close familiar (parent to child to grandchild) incest.
So many people write albinos in their Medieval Fantasy novels, thinking it'll lend to the historical accuracy, seeing how albinos were so common place back then, but they fail to research the medical conditions required to cause albinos to be born and end up showing their lack of research by not have the albino also be a 3rd generation incest child.
It's one of my biggest pet peeves with so called Medieval Historical Fiction. They ALWAYS toss in an Albino to make it "feel more Medieval", but never once research what causes albinism or make any attempt to have the albino be the child of three generations of incest.
Boy, did we go off topic there or what?
Let's get back to your question about what jobs a Medieval servant would have for your princess.
Here is yet another side note, deleted from the original article, but now added here to the Part 2 of it...
Side note: If your princess is Scottish, keep in mind the Scots of Medieval times were the Picts of Alba, and they were black skinned with whooly hair. The NATIVE/TRUE Scotts were NOT white skinned, red haired, green eyed Celts, who would invade Scotland in the 1400s,
The Picts are the "Native" or "Aboriginal" tribes of Scotland, whom the Scots of today have no DNA blood relation to. The Scots of today are the Roman DNA Celts who invaded Scotland and murdered the Native Scots.
ADDITIONAL SIDE NOTE: The Medieval Scots wore kimono looking silk robes and pointed red shoes.
Because of this is was not uncommon from 800 to 1400s to see Black-Asian Scotsmen wearing silk kimono under their woolen great kilts, and wraped in fur animal skins.
The Picts often painted their skin with blue and red patterns, were frequently tattooed, had huge ropes of dreadlocs, and practiced the art of shrinking heads, with clan kings often having many heads of their enemies hanging from their belts.
This group would go one to break into 3 groups:
The Scottish Gypsies
The Scottish Travellers
Medieval Scotland had a very "Native American Indian" lifestyle, with small tribal clans, living in very mobile tent/yurt/tee-pee structures.
If your Medieval princess is Scottish, she would have worn silk kimono and fur skins, had black skin, sported dreadlocks and tatooes, and lived with her family in a small tent like structure that could be set up and taken down in minutes, and was only used for sleeping in.
Her family would have moved seasonally following herds in winter, and heading for orchard regions in summer. Keeping in mind oranges grow in Scotland and would have been one of the fruit she commonly eats when they were in season.
Her family would have been DRAMATICLY different from the rest of Medieval Europe, as they would have been horse breeders, with vast herds of tiny Shetland ponies, and they would have been hunter/gathers, not farmers.
She would not have lived in a castle, though some clans did build small round stone huts with leather skins for the roof for use in winter and migrated to those.
She would NOT have had servants.
Depending on her clan, she might have been well versed in either the Torah or the Koran/Quarn.
Being half Hebrew (black "Bible" Jew usually on her father's side) she would be seen by most white Kasha Jews as "an Elohem Mongral".
These Persian Hebrews, because their Hebrew fathers had married Persian women, were cast out of Jewish society and no longer recognized as Jewish. For a while they lived with their Muslim "cousins", but were cast out of here too for their refusal to become Muslim. Most of them practiced a form of witchcraft called "Hoodoo". They were known by most people as "The Magi" or "Magicians" and practiced Astrology, divination, Necromancy (channeling the spirits of the dead), and used gemstones for scrying.
They are what is know by most Americans as "the classic Gypsy fortune tellers". They have no relation to the Romania Gypsyes who come from India and Spain.
They left Scotland in around the 1300s, staying in Egypt for a few years, where they were called by the Europeans "The Gypsies" which means "the people who live amoung the Egyptians".
In the 1500s when the Romani arrived in Europe, they were mistakenly refereed to as Gypsies due to the similarities of their dress and culture. However, the Romany are NOT Gypsies and the Gypsies are NOT Romani. The two groups are completely separate cultures/races/ethnicity.
If your Medieval princess is Scottish, she would have been deeply religious, with knowledge in the Bible, the Torah, and the Koran, but would be a devote practitioner of extremely "pagan" witchcraft like spiritual worship. Her focus would be not on worshiping a deity, but rather on paying respect to the DiJinn and Faeries (2 very similar types of nature spirits.) Everything she does, from eating, to milking the cow, would be done by first kneeling to say thank you to the spirits. She will be praying on beads, multiple times every hour of the day.
As they put no value in material wealth, even the Kings had no houses and lived in tent like structures, the kings being more tribal chiefs then actual kings.
Also the native Scots were very short. Most women were around 4'5" and most men around 5'. They were very tiny, almost small enough to be called pygmies. Remember... they RODE those little Shetland Ponies into battle. Shetland Ponies, small as they are, were plenty big enough for Scottish warriors to ride on. Some of the bog mummies that have been found were only 3 feet tall, and originally thought to be children, but are now known to have been full grown men.
Long touted as mythical folklore, the "Little People" of Scotland are now known to have been very, very real. (In case you're wondering, while in college I was studying them, and actually got to see in person for myself, 3 of these tiny bog mummies, including the 3 foot tall one I just mentioned. They are now today on display in a museum in Portland, Maine if you ever want to see them for yourself.)
A little waif of a white skinned, 10 year old European princess is going to be several inches TALLER then the chubby, black skinned, full grown adult Scotman, of Medieval times.
The Scots of Medieval times were the Picts and were a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT race of people then the Scots of today.
Remember, most of Europe avoided Scotland like the plague in Medieval times due to it's being inhabited "by little dark savages".... Europeans told nightmare tales of "the swarthy skinned little men" who inhabited the hills of Scotland.
I think my #1 biggest, top pet peeve with "Historical Romances Novels" is when they write "Medieval Highland Romance" and have some big, green eyed red haired white dude in a kilt, carrying blond waif off to his castle. You can not get any more historically INACCURATE then that!
Here is yet another side note, deleted from the original article, but now added here to the Part 2 of it...
Back to where we left off...
How did they keep warm? Furs, tapestries, carpets, throw rugs, and many, many, many, many layers of clothes. Plus family beds - everyone slept together. Yeah, your little princess isn’t likely to have her own bedchamber, let alone her own bed. Remember Medieval was a looooooong time again, and was only a few years after Biblical years, in fact Biblical years and Medieval years overlap each other. Roman soldiers after crucifying Christ marched to Britannia to invade castles. Medieval Templar knights, so pissed off by Roman soldiers killing Christ that they marched to Israel to overthrow the Romans. In Medieval times men wore togas and women were wrapped in blanket like clothes, because hose and fancy dresses had not been invented yet. Men in fancy hose, women in long gowns, people in tall pointy funny hats: those are all Renaissance things not Medieval things. Remember that in Medieval times a lot of folks were still wearing bear and wolf skins girdled around their waists, and a lot of people lived in caves still. Yep, cave men. Has it hit you yet the actually time period you are asking about?
Medieval times were happened while the Apostle Paul was writing the Book of Revelations in the Bible.
Yes, they had spots like fox hunts. They also had sports like beating a prostitute then letting her run away while they chased her down on horseback, then the who group of hunters raped her, literally to death. Scientists have researched the phenomena of the punishment of death by rape and determined that it required a women to be raped in succession a minimum of 90 times, before she had been raped enough times to wear down the lining of her vagina and she begin bleeding. She would then have to be raped and additional 30+ times in order to cause her vagina to pull outwards pulling the uterus with it. This was just as common a sport as fox hunting and often was a punishment reserved for noble women who were suspected of adultery, so it's one of the things your little 10 year old princess can look forward to, should her father suspect her of bedding with, say her brother instead of him (her father).
Much of the information you just read here was used in writing the Quaraun series.
The Quaraun series is neither Medieval or Historically accurate. It is time travel Fantasy largely set in the 1400s, but frequently tosses characters into the 1970s, and once in a while into dates of 2,000B.C. to 2525. So, you definitely wouldn't read the Quaraun series looking for any sort of "Medieval History", however, vast amounts of research does in fact go into the creation of every element of the series, thus how I came to be researching Medieval, Middle Ages, and Renaissance.
In 1996, I graduated with a 2 year degree in Theatrical Fashion Design, Dressmaking, and History, and had focused my time period of choice on the study of the 1300s to the 1600s, thus much of my books end up set in this era, with people dressing and acting typical of that period.
I simply love history, love cloths, and am utterly fascinated by the overall fashion history of pretty much every place, time, and culture.
I grew up in the 1970s, thus why you see many of my books set in the 1970s, rather then current era.
In any case, I love finding all sorts of weird little known facts about history, like the ones I've listed on this page here and I hope you've enjoyed reading this as much as I've enjoyed writing it for you.
Thank you for sending me this absolutely wonderful question. It has been by far one of my favorites of all time to sit down and write the answer too. Hopefully I have been able to answer your question. Good luck with you story and have a wonderful day!
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I am wondering why has Amazon moved the Quaraun books to the category "Transgender Romance" and also "Gay Erotica"? The base story is a deeply depressed, suicidal, drug addict Elf who's lover commit suicide and he's trying not to do the same. It's an old Elf in a tavern, monologuing a lot of flashbacks and back story scenes of his youth. These stories are dark, bloody, angsty, full of drug use, murder, rape, Medieval torture, mental/physical/emotional abuse, and references to depression and suicide - no romance in it, unless you count the occasional (and usually brutally violent) rape scenes that show up in nearly every volume - sorry - no clue what Amazon is thinking or why they moved these to Romance and Erotica, but these books are NOT even close to being Romance or Erotica on any level at all. When I published these books I put them in "Dark Fantasy" and "Yaoi". If they show up in any category other then "Dark Fantasy" and "Yaoi", it's because Amazon put them there without my authorization or approval.
The 4 door white truck continues to sit at the end of my drive way (146 Portland Ave, Old Orchard Beach, Maine) near every night around sunset, reeving it's engine and squealing it's tires, with the driver yelling anti-gay threats and obscenities out the window. He continues to do the same thing at my dad's apartment building (Biddeford Maine) a few times a week, usually in mid to late afternoon time. He continues to follow me to shopping to various stores in various towns throughout the states.
Phrases he yells from the truck include:
"Kill or be killed remember Saco Shaws all transsexuals are alike"
"I keep a gun under the seat of my truck, I'm gonna use it to shoot you in the head, you transvestite freak"
if cars are going by he yells to them: "that thing is Ken's son, look at how's it's dressed; it's insane, it has autism, we can't allow that thing and it's gay cars in our family friend town of Old Orchard Beach"
He often babbles deranged ramblings about something he calls "the gay-pocalypse", raving lunacy about how "all the gays are gathering" on his doorstep. He raves some crazy nonsense about how Armageddon is coming and the war to end all wars will be "the gays against the Christians" and Christians have to be ready to "kill the gays"
My car is the Autism Awareness Car and had 2.5million marbles glued to it (I have Autism - savant - Kanner's syndrome) he claims tat my car "is gay" because of what it looks like. My car has been vandalized several dozen times, including to have the tires slashed 7 times in 6 months.
After dark often around 10PM, he stands at the end of the logging road across the street from me and shoots at my motohome (in February 2014 he shot holes in my neighbour's barn while doing this). I have video footage of 3 of his shootings at me here: https://youtu.be/NUebzJ9sz9U and here: https://youtu.be/C4dZbgG-Smw
This has gone on since August 2013 now, in addition to all the vandalism, hate crimes, pet beheadings, etc that has happened, including the bomb that blew up our house in 2006.
As you know, that whole time I had not been able to get a plate number on the truck. He as just here again, and I just realized why I could not get a plate number... there are no plates on the truck, either on the front or on the back. However, as he was driving away today... I noticed, there is a plate, stuck up in the back window of the truck, where it can barely be seen, deliberately obscured from view behind a silver tool box.
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