WORLD DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES

TOOLS HELPING YOU TO BUILD A DREAM

MEDIEVAL RESOURCES

Below you can find examples on books or websites you might consider taking a look at in order to help building the Dream. Note that the examples below are all based on recommendations of other world developers, who found these books/sites helpful. Please be aware as well that if you plan to use Resources like those mentioned below, you should only use them as idea providers for your own concepts. Copying passages from books or other websites is not allowed.

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"FIEF. A LOOK AT MEDIEVAL SOCIETY FROM ITS LOWER RUNGS" (e-Book)
researched and written by Lisa J. Steele.
Published: 1996, 2001; 100 pages.


Recommended by Artimidor and Bard Judith: Fief is a sourcebook that examines the Middle Ages from the viewpoint of the ordinary farmer, priest, and landholder the inhabitants of a feudal manor. It's both a friendly primer on the basics of medieval life, and a treasury of hard-to-find details for the student, Game Master or re-creationist. Indeed the book has everything you ever wanted to know concerning the Middle Ages, ranging from the fundamentals of society to architecture, agriculture to warefare details as well as exact timelines and examples. The information is easy to read, well organized and the book comes in a superb design. The only setback is that "Fief" is only available as an e-Book, which means that you actually only get an Acrobat Reader file, which you have to print out on your own if you want to read it as a typical book. However, the content and presentation of "Fief" make up for this major disadvantage. Included is also a list of further source books concerning  the Middle Ages, which should help you to find more information if needed.

Some excerpts from the cover text:

"Enjoy a trip to a world where powerful priests can charge sinners with the death penalty, and where knights gather for illegal combat sports... where thieves can thumb their nose at the authorities from within the walls of a church, and where a foraging band of the King's own soldiers is more dangerous than a pack of brigand outlaws. In the midst of all this, ordinary people survived to work the land, weave the cloth, and pray for safety from famine and plague. The real Middle Ages were as brutish and wild as any fantasy world.

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