64 Historical Research with E.C. Ambrose


I’m back with E.C. Ambrose, talking about her new book, Elisha Magus and the research that not only informs the series, but got it started in the first place. Also…

The whole thing began with research.

For me a book usually begins with a person in a place with a problem.

Societas Magica

What kind of problems would this kind of person face?

The Society for Creative Anachronism

My own historical fantasy book.

I am a huge fan of the Mongols

The Odyssey Writing Workshop

Jack Rutherford’s Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

The Secret History of the Mongols (pdf)


The Sons and the Spears trope from the lives of Genghis Khan and Khan Kubrat (not Khan Asparukh, who was Kubrat’s son)

Tengri оr Tangra

Kumis, kefir, and ayran

The sausage is actually delicious

Barbarian Empires of the Steppes

Also, because I cannot get enough of Mongols

A fantastic excuse for travelling to England

Old Hall, a good place to think medieval thoughts

The International Congress of Medieval Studies

Bulgarian kneading tubs (called noshtvi, by the way)

A 14th-century garden

Bilbo Baggins’ Bathrobe episode 1 and 2

If you can get an object that is specific enough to the time and place, you can open up the entire world.

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