World Building in Historical Fiction: Layering in the Details

A child’s stiff leather shoes still in the box. A stack of undergarments. Bags of flour. Bulk teas and spices. A license to operate a business. Chopsticks. All things we would recognize today. Going about our daily lives, we wouldn’t consider any of them museum-worthy. But put them alongside an abacus, assay equipment (for determiningContinue reading “World Building in Historical Fiction: Layering in the Details”

Maps Orient Us In Historical Fiction

Historical maps are windows into other worlds. They connect us to the past in a concrete way, allowing us to visualize how to get from the marina to the nearest thermopolium in Ancient Ostia, how to reach the King’s Apartments in Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace, or figure out the names of streets as theyContinue reading “Maps Orient Us In Historical Fiction”