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
Did the Pagans Kill the Saints to Save Their Community?
by Kim Rendfeld on September 9, 2020 at 10:16 am
A pagan Saxon mob might have killed two Northumbrian priests to appease their gods and save their community.Continue reading →
An American Horror Story: Andersonville Prison
by Kim Rendfeld on August 19, 2020 at 10:00 am
Nearly 13,000 died in Andersonville prison. That was more deaths than on any battlefield in the Civil War.Continue reading →
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 →