Kim’s Blog

At Kim’s blog, Outtakes of a Historical Novelist, you’ll find posts about history, writing, and anything else that inspires her or piques her curiosity. Kim is also a contributor to Unusual Historicals and English Historical Fiction Authors.

Kim Rendfeld Outtakes of a Historical Novelist

  • Rosary Beads: Steeped in Devotion and Legend
    by Kim Rendfeld on November 20, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Christians, and people of other faiths, have used beads to keep track of the prayers they were repeating for centuries. Continue reading →

  • Dark Ages Tragedy: The Baby in the River
    by Kim Rendfeld on October 23, 2019 at 10:00 am

    A medieval peasant woman was about to draw water from the river. What she saw in the water horrified her: a drowned newborn in swaddling.Continue reading →

  • Cats in the Days of King Arthur
    by Kim Rendfeld on October 2, 2019 at 10:00 am

    In 5th-century Britain, housecats, along with ferrets and weasels, had the essential job of killing rodents that would otherwise eat the stored grain humans needed to get through winter. Romans introduced housecats to Britain in the 1st century. Continue reading →

  • Writing about Saints—the Holy and the Human
    by Kim Rendfeld on September 12, 2019 at 10:00 am

    It’s downright frightening to write about saints, especially when it’s fiction. Saint Francis, or “Brother Francesco” in "Lady of the Seven Suns," is beloved by so many people, and each one of them has a unique idea of what he must have been like.Continue reading →

  • Saint George in Dark Ages Britain
    by Kim Rendfeld on August 21, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Saint George was a popular figure in medieval Christianity.Continue reading →