Medieval Siege Warfare by Christopher Gravett

I was never one who enjoyed books on warfare. Outside of youth, I found the spectacle of slaughter amusing only for mere historical annotation—a human phenomenon promulgated by unjust economic systems of exploitation. But, in Western culture, there is this great mythology around medieval warfare; whether it is Dungeons & Dragons, (grievously) inaccurate tales of…Read more »

Reading for the Stars: Camelot 3000 and the Medievalism of Futures Past

The Arthurian legend has more adaptations than one can consume in a lifetime—literally. Between the thousands of videos, books, music, and art featuring the Arthurian mythos, whether it is a full-on utilization of the legend or merely a simply allusion—one must be selective in how these texts are consumed, otherwise, you will be left with…Read more »

The Anglo-Saxon Age: A Very Short Introduction (A Review)

What I love about Oxford’s Very Short Introduction series is that, aside from offering a brief glance into hundreds of topics, the quick ‘in and out’ nature of the books, and the miniature formatting of each title, enable an engagement with a topic which lasts long enough for it to impart vital facts, but short…Read more »

Knight Kyle and the Magic Silver Lance (Review)

.Remember Saturday morning cartoons? Of course, you do: they were fun, brightly animated, and adventurous stories featuring a colorful cast of characters who manage to get into trouble time after time. Well, Oliver Pӧtzsch has written a children’s book which perfectly mimics that format: with every chapter representing a new adventure for the titular protagonist,…Read more »