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Mark Tompkins on The World of The Last Days of Magic


Mark Tompkins on The World of The Last Days of Magic

Mark Tompkins writes about the real-life myths and history that inspired the world of The Last Days of Magic.

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Maude Hirst, ‘Vikings” Helga, On Floki, Madness, and Marriage in Season Four


In season three of History’s popular drama Vikings, brilliant but troubled shipbuilder Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) did something that set him on a collision course with his old friend King Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) and at odds with his wife Helga (Maude Hirst). Now that it’s undeniable that Floki has lost what tenuous grasp to sanity he once [...]

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Gaming

Ubisoft Creates New Language for ‘Far Cry Primal’


Video game studio Ubisoft turned a lot of heads when they announced that the next installment of their popular Far Cry series, Far Cry Primal, would be set somewhere in Stone Age Europe. While the Far Cry series strays far from reality at times for the sake of entertainment, the game’s producers always do their [...]

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SF & Fantasy

Writers, Don’t Fire Your Arrows: Getting the History Right


Medieval historian-turned-writer Michael Livingston talks about those little historical details that matter in fiction.

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Getting to Know ‘The Upright Thinkers’ with Leonard Mlodinow


Getting to Know ‘The Upright Thinkers’ with Leonard Mlodinow

Where and when did science begin? Was it in a prehistoric cave? Should we count the ancient cave paintings of Lascaux, likely created to win the favor of the spirits, as an early attempt at science? What about the agricultural innovations of the earliest city-states? Or should we begin the story of science in the [...]

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SF & Fantasy

10 Must-Knows for Rebuilding Civilization


We asked Dr. Lewis Dartnell, author of the book The Knowledge, to clue us in to some of the crucial knowledge needed to rebuild a civilization.

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Care for a Trip? Read ‘A Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England’


I’ve been a fantasy reader and Dungeons & Dragons referee all of my life, and my approach to to both has been colored by what I thought I knew about the Middle Ages, which I’ve recently discovered was not a damned thing.
It started when I picked up Ian Mortimer’s The Time Traveler’s Guide to [...]

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HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Featured in Talk at Metropolitan Museum of Art


HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Featured in Talk at Metropolitan Museum of Art

Do you like medieval weapons and armor, frickin’ katanas, art, and HBO’s Game of Thrones? Want to learn more about all of the preceding and maybe see some rarely-seen artifacts from the show and history? Then you’ll want to attend “Dressed to Kill: Arms and Armor from Medieval Knights to Game of Thrones“, a panel [...]

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Magic Swords! King Arthur, Aragorn, and Joan of Arc


Magic Swords! King Arthur, Aragorn, and Joan of Arc

The magical or legendary sword is a common motif in myths, legends, and fiction. Regardless of the way that it is acquired – be it found, gifted, won, or stolen – coming into the possession of a magical sword is a portentous event and almost always the beginning of the hero’s ascension into the mythic.
The [...]

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Chatting with Dan Jones About the Wars of the Roses: History’s Real ‘Game of Thrones’


Forget whatever stodgy, hide-bound stereotype that might come to mind when you encounter the word “historian”: Medieval historian and author Dan Jones isn’t anything like that.
He’s the kind of guy that you wish you could have been one of your teachers: His passion for history is contagious. It’s not enough for Jones that you learn [...]

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