Now that it’s in the Annick Press Fall 2013 catalog and has a release date on Amazon.ca, it seems like time to announce my new book. It’s a Feudal, Feudal World: A Different Medieval History is written by me and illustrated by Ross Kinnaird.
Once Annick gave me the subtitle A Different History, I went ahead and crammed in everything I always wanted in a medieval history but couldn’t find. Food, books, the environment, pig bites, it’s all in there. The book ranges all the way from L’anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland to Novgorod in Russia, and from Bergen, Norway to Baghdad, Iraq. We even got to include the story of the first Chinese pilgrim to meet the pope and the kings of England and France. The book has mortality statistics for English peasant babies, a breakdown by trade of the working women of thirteenth-century Paris, and the size of Edward III’s royal library.
Ross and I (and our marvelous editor, Alison Kooistra) had a lot of fun telling the stories in the book, but we also had a lot of fun telling the stories that never quite fit in the book, like the great beaver genocide of the thirteenth-century. I’m looking forward to talking about what went in and what was left out on this site.
It’s a Feudal, Feudal World: A Different Medieval History is available for pre-order from Amazon.ca and your local bookstore, to be released in July 2013.