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A Fighter’s Guide to the Arts (or, Flying Buttresses and Flaming Goldfish)

By Sir Guillaume de la Belgique (©2003 Scott Farrell) Throughout the Middle Ages, knights and warriors were seen as thuggish, tax-collecting morons who did nothing but consume huge quantities of meat and expel various bodily gasses in between tournaments and wars. This perception was prevalent among the serfs and vassals, who generally kept such views to themselves because of a complex political and... read more

Happy New Year — Viking Style! (Or: Party Hats at the End of the World)

By Sir Guillaume de la Belgique (©2004 Scott Farrell) Daily life in the Middle Ages was fraught all sorts of dangers — disease, injuries, rabid wolves, windburn, disco music, chupacabras, waxy yellow build-up, and bunions, just to name a few. Fortunately, with the help and encouragement of the medieval church, the people were able to put aside these petty concerns in order to focus on the one event... read more

An American Knight in an English Castle (Or: Battles, Seiges and a Drip in the Loo)

By Sir Guillaume de la Belgique (©2004 Scott Farrell) For nearly 20 years I have been a part of the Current Middle Ages. During that time, however, my only contact with the actual, historical Middle Ages has been watching the motion picture “The Warlord” starring Charlton Heston, who, as you know, began his acting career shortly after the signing of the Magna Carta. So, to avoid the risk of being... read more

Real Knights — Real Chivalry (Or: If They Were So Genteel, How Come They Had Swords?)

Reprinted from the Summer, AS XXXIX edition of the Ars Caidis. Back issues are available on the publication’s webpage – contact the editor for details. Note: Number links in the text will pop up a box with a corresponding footnote. Extra note for fighters: “Footnotes” provide details about the book or article that the noted information was taken from. They do not have anything to do... read more

The Screwtape Missives, Part X

by Viscount Sir Galen of Bristol ©2004, Paul T. Mitchell, This work may not be reproduced in any form, written or electronic, without the permission of the author. Memoramdum TO: All Apprentice & Journeyman level tempters, shades, devils and demons FROM: His Abysmal Sublimity Undersecretary Screwtape, Underseer for English-Speaking Regions DATE: 75th day, 13th period, 2,006,942, post descent RE: The... read more

The Screwtape Missives, Part IX

by Viscount Sir Galen of Bristol ©2004, Paul T. Mitchell, This work may not be reproduced in any form, written or electronic, without the permission of the author. My Dear Wormwood, So it has come about as I have predicted. Your man has completed the probation Count Gray put on him, and is now a squire. He constantly strives to behave, not as knights act, but — and this is much worse — as knights... read more

The Screwtape Missives, Part VIII

by Viscount Sir Galen of Bristol ©2004, Paul T. Mitchell, This work may not be reproduced in any form, written or electronic, without the permission of the author. My Dear Wormwood, I see that you’ve met with some limited success in striving to focus your patient on his ambition to become Count Gray’s squire. You now have him emulating other squires’ foolish, playful behavior as though it were the... read more

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