Azaghal wrote:TwoTonic Knight wrote:Tolkien inspired reading on real medieval history.
Yes! Although now my interest leans toward the early Iron Age - Fall of Rome Era Northern Europe. (Celts!)
Murgen wrote:Later on, I came to realize that a big part of the appeal of castles and knights was the idea of taking responsibility for your fate. The brave and courageous CAN change things, at least the stories tell us. Even looking at historical battles fought up to around the time of the reformation, brave leaders and courageous troops could accomplish great deeds.
It was gunpowder that destroyed that, and lead to modern warfare where you don't have to "look your enemy in the eyes" to kill them. We lost the measure of strength, of fortitude, of courage against the odds. It's sad, really.
Castles represent, to me, the idea of taking your fate in your hands against the universe.
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