The Great Slog of Time

I’ve been writing an interview for IndieBRAG. It’s one of the perks of getting a BRAG Medallion. It’s good PR for Savior and for me, but it was hard work and took more than a week of pretty steady effort.

The woman who is interviewing me did a splendid review of Savior and for the interview she asked some tough questions. The difficulty is remaining aware of the audience who may not have lived with at least four toes in the 13th century for 18 years as I have. It’s not a “normal” environment for most people… The first word in “feudal” is “feud” after all. Think battle-axes.

I was asked to “talk” about the similarities. The most striking is the continuing Holy War in the middle east. During the High Middle Ages, young men went to fight a crusade for a lot of reasons, but one was hope for a better future. The future that concerned them was their eternal future; crusading was a guarantee of salvation. Today, young people join up hoping for the same thing — an education and a better shot at life; salvation in the currency of today.

It would be great to look back 800 years and see fewer similarities like this one. If anything it’s a reminder that while humanity might move forward (I believe it does) it’s a long slog.

9 thoughts on “The Great Slog of Time

  1. The fourteenth century has been fascinating to anyone with an historical bent. It was the first century of the modern era — in my opinion. Between the Plague, the two popes, the roaming bands of brigands, the runaway, crazy inflation … It was the end of life as it had been and the beginning of what the world would become. Garry is not fascinated by it, but he puts up with me anyway.

    • I agree. When someone calls the 14th century the middle ages, I want to punch them. Just like I want to punch anyone who says medieval people only lived to be 30. You’ve probably read and enjoyed Barbara Tuchman’s book “A Distant Mirror.” I love her. She was brilliant and is one of my heroes.

    • And you can’t lose 1/3 of the population and expect life as usual — it betrayed everything the middle ages meant. I stay away from it. Fear of the plague, maybe. It’s just like people think that because the Sistine Chapel is pretty that the Renaissance was good times. Writing about the Reformation was really hard. I hated those people, the power driven ones, anyway.

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