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« on: February 25, 2009, 09:37:46 AM »

Is this a proper place for tales of sword and sorcery, i.e. Conan, Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, Kull and the like?
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2009, 08:41:58 AM »

While I'm not one to try and pigeonhole others, medieval fantasy probably refers more to the fantasy of people dwelling in the medieval period. I was going to say like the faerie Queene, but that's actually Elizabethan, though written and conceptualised in an archaic way. Though it certainly seems more in the spirit of medieval fantasy than straight D&D style fantasy which isn't actually set in the medieval period, it's just at that level of technology.

Truly medieval fantasy would be Dante or pre Mallory arthurian traditions, or The Charlemagne cycle. Maybe this should be about fantasy set in the real world medieval period, The castle of Otranto, Keats and other poets who've dealt withthe  period, islamic medival fantasy would be an interesting topic too. HEck bythat definition, lots of Shakespeare would be up for discussion.

Also Howards' creations aren't even vaguley medieval they're "hyborian" of an age before recorded history, just because they have swords and horses doesn't mean they have any thing to do with the middle ages the period of eurasian history after the dark ages and before the renaissance.
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2009, 10:28:17 AM »

While I'm not one to try and pigeonhole others, medieval fantasy probably refers more to the fantasy of people dwelling in the medieval period. I was going to say like the faerie Queene, but that's actually Elizabethan, though written and conceptualised in an archaic way. Though it certainly seems more in the spirit of medieval fantasy than straight D&D style fantasy which isn't actually set in the medieval period, it's just at that level of technology.

Truly medieval fantasy would be Dante or pre Mallory arthurian traditions, or The Charlemagne cycle. Maybe this should be about fantasy set in the real world medieval period, The castle of Otranto, Keats and other poets who've dealt withthe  period, islamic medival fantasy would be an interesting topic too. HEck bythat definition, lots of Shakespeare would be up for discussion.

Also Howards' creations aren't even vaguley medieval they're "hyborian" of an age before recorded history, just because they have swords and horses doesn't mean they have any thing to do with the middle ages the period of eurasian history after the dark ages and before the renaissance.


Charlemagne for sure, and it's nice to see Dante get some credit here... I would have placed Shakespeare as much in pre-industrial feudal history as say, Yeats with Fey driven stories; in other words, not too far off.

I hear you on Hyboria, but really, I think it is safe to say Howard drew a lot of influences from Medieval times. I suppose by that definition, sword and sorcery (to me anyhow) represents the feudal times of pillage and conquer... a good backdrop for swords and sorcery.
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