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Going Medieval

Over at Time I have a piece that I wrote about working women in medieval Europe. It covers some of the themes from The Once and Future Sex, and can give you a good idea of what the rest of the book is like.

Going Medieval

You will no doubt be unsurprised to learn that last night I went to the pub. There are several reasons for this, chief among them being that in the discomfort of summer, going to the pub is quite the best thing you can do with your time in London. Also, it is the best thing to do with your time when it is cold in the winter. Also, in autumn and spring. Anyway, the point is that conditions have been so miserable here that it has sort of been impossible to do anything except drink beer as a form of recreation, so I have been doing that.

This state of affairs made me think about medieval people, as I do, for a couple of reasons. One, I am very happy that I am not doing manual labour in a field bringing in the hay right now, as is usual for August for the majority of medieval Europeans. I cannot imagine having to do that now that we have 34 degree days for some reason. No thank you. Second, my sitting around enjoying many delicious beers made me think about how chicks rock.

Two protesters dressed as medieval knights take a break after attending a march and rally organised by the pro-European People's Vote campaign. NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

Add in the stylised and charming medieval setting, and the game has a lot going for it. Set in 14th century England in an alternate timeline in which the Black Plague killed 95 per cent of the population, it challenges players to build and manage a colony of survivors, keeping them alive, and if they play the game right, even thriving.

As Barack Obama and Mitt Romney prepare to square off in a series of presidential debates, the candidates and their running mates could go medieval on their opponents by using a rhetorical technique that dates back to Nordic and Germanic legends of the Middle Ages, says a scholar of medieval literature at Missouri University of Science and Technology. 041b061a72


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