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
Dark Ages Slavery and the Battle for Souls
by Kim Rendfeld on June 17, 2020 at 10:00 am
Bishops in Carolingian Francia disliked the slave trade but not for the reasons you might think. When Frankish kings conquered a pagan land, it was an opportunity for Christian missionaries to save souls. The chance was lost if war captives were sent far away. Continue reading →
Who’s Guilty? In Medieval Times, God Knows.
by Kim Rendfeld on May 20, 2020 at 10:15 am
Trials by ordeal make sense in the medieval mind, which believed that the God who intervened on the battlefield would not let an innocent person be falsely convicted.Continue reading →
Grendel: Pagan or Christian?
by Kim Rendfeld on April 15, 2020 at 10:01 am
The creator of "Beowulf" blends pagan beliefs with a deep understanding of Christianity for Grendel and his mother, the first two monsters the hero faces.Continue reading →
Medieval Misconception: All Women Were Chattel
by Kim Rendfeld on March 18, 2020 at 10:00 am
Early medieval times were hardly ideal for women, but to say they were merely pawns grossly oversimplifies their reality.Continue reading →
Saint Lebwin: A Reluctant Dark Ages Missionary Who Found Courage
by Kim Rendfeld on February 19, 2020 at 11:12 am
Saint Lebwin was a reluctant missionary, but he found the courage to tell an assembly of pagan Saxons something they didn’t want to hear.Continue reading →