I’d like this website, together with my blog, to act as virtual footnotes to the creation of The Dark Apostle series. So, here are some of my favorite online resources, as well as a bibliography of many works I consulted when researching the books.
My research takes place in several stages, beginning with filling up my brain with the subject matter (in this case, medieval history, medicine and magic) until it bubbles over with story ideas. Then I’ll do specific research that narrows down the topics. While I’m writing, I frequently refer to my books or online resources to fill in the key details.
a list of important academic references available online
Internet sourcebook on Medieval history, a compendium of translated original documents
a nifty blog about strange history, especially medicine
the fabulous blog of Jules Frusher on the deSpenser family of 14th centuryEngland
hypertext medieval glossary (handy if you lose track of terminology)
The International Congress on Medieval Studies, an annual event in May in Kalamazoo, MI where thousands of scholars get together to share their research—and an amazing resource for authors!
Interactive map of early modern London
Some interesting groups to know about:
The home of the Society for the Public Understanding of the Middle Ages,
a newer scholarly organization
For the study of the history of magic, also publishes a series of scholarly works
translating and interpretting information about magic in the Middle Ages
Association Villard d’Honnecourt for Interdisciplinary Study of Medieval Technology,
Science and Art. Check out their links page.
home of the Society for Creative Anachronism, for those interested in a participatory
version of the Middle Ages