40 Historical accuracy in fantasy with Steve LeCouiliard

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I’m still talking with artist, cartoonist, and writer Steve LeCouiliard, creator of Una the Blade and (with Leia Weathington), the co-creator of the historical adventure Silk and Gold.

Here we move on to the weighty topic of historical accuracy in fantasy and when it is and is not important.

Glen Cook

Gregory Keys

Naomi Novik (who wrote His Majesty’s Dragon)

As an approach to writing about historical periods, I’m less interested in writing about the lords and ladies and more interested in just ordinary people.

Once again Silk and Gold!

The Varangian guard

It doesn’t have to be accurate, it just has to be plausible

STEVE: If there were orks in the service of the Ottoman Empire— ME: That would be awesome!

Age of Bronze by Eric Shanower

Warlord Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell

Rasputin was clearly a vampire

The Skystone by Jack Whyte

Magical Realism

The Life of Pi

100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

Salman Rushdi

Simon Roy’s Tiger Lung!

The World’s Other Side and the missionary records I read

The Terry Pratchett’s witches

My linguistically-bent friend!





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