Bright Steel, the third volume of the Masters and Mages trilogy will be available in the UK from Gollancz publishing on August 22nd!
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By Aristotle Koskinas (NB Aristotle is a scholar, archaeologist, and professional guide in Greece. He joined us to provide language support at Marathon 2015. He has led us on a battlefield walk at Plataea (about 15 of us) and he’s otherwise brand new to reenacting. I thought, based on some feedback I’ve received, that some […]
Those aren’t just hoplites in that image; those are runners, taking part in the Ancient Greek sport of running in armour. The last two big reenactments we’ve held in Greece, we’ve actually run the race in armour; sacred games to the memory of the dead of Marathon (and Plataea) were part of the religious practice, […]
In July of 2021 at Plataea in Greece, some dedicated reenactors will attempt to portray the cultures of Ancient Greece and Persia, and some aspects of the battle that changed the world. The photo above was taken at Plataea in 2014; that’s me in hoplite panoply, with Chris Verwijmeren of Holland as an archer, Jevon […]
When people ask me about the impact of reenacting on my books, they almost inevitably follow up with a question about swords and armour. They’re often great questions, and I’m always happy to answer them; I’ve taken a pretty deep dive into a couple of periods and I think I have developed some interesting ‘general […]
Cold Iron is the first book in a new series. New series, new world, and one that is, I hope, totally original. I admit that I was itching to write The Red Knight when I started Fantasy in 2011, and I might return to Alba again eventually; I certainly planned a prequel about how Gabriel […]
Life is really not all about swords, despite what you may think from my other blogs. This spring, with the support and companionship of friends and family, I walked the Camino Primitivo in Spain. In medieval clothes and shoes. You know. As one does. Now first, I feel the need to tell you that yes, […]
Today I was in the mines beneath the walls of Rhodes; I walked along the ditch where you can see where cannon and other artillery have knocked holes in the masonry, and I looked out over the glacis to where the Turkish trenches were; to where Demetrios the Besieger sat in the fourth century BCE. […]
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