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Questions tagged [middle-ages]

For questions that take place in or ask about aspects of the middle-ages. If possible the time should be narrowed down, for example by defining whether the question is about the early, high or late middle-ages.

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Truth Stone: Effects on the justice system, and criminal world

The setting is the medieval ages, vaguely European. No magic exists except what is explicitly stated in the question. The judicial system is similar to historic examples, with the head-of-state ...
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Would somebody from the middle ages be able to identify an atomic / nuclear bomb?

Setting: a fantasy world with a culture loosely based on the late middle ages or early renaissance, with more value placed on the fantasy elements than strictly adhering to a proper "time period" (i.e....
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What would be the best way to get clean, drinkable water in a medieval city?

Help! I've been transported back in time to London in 1303 AD. After saying hi to the flock of other worldbuilders who have inexplicably travel back in time to Medieval Europe, I decide to set out to ...
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Kingdom with helpful bands of mercenaries; avoiding devolving into bandits

Fantasy, vaguely European middle ages. Humans are the only friendly intelligent species. Other species (and magic) exist but they're almost always things you work (or fight) against rather than forces ...
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How to sabotage a blacksmith production? [closed]

The city's main weapon and armor supplier has lost his contract arming the city's guard because the quality of the last batch of its products is awful. The swords break at the first clash, the armor ...
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How to make a person of color time traveller survive in the middle ages

The story centers around a group of people that get lost during in the woods and -for no apparent reason- suddenly find themselves in 13th century Europe (the Netherlands, to be precise). They don't ...
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Explosives in the Middle Ages

Scenario: In the medieval ages, Our brave hero, without his trusty shield and sword, is surrounded by enemy mooks from all sides and needs a miracle to escape. Fortunately, he has one such thing, ...
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How long does it take for a fact to become a legend? (In a medieval setting)

Given a vaguely European Medieval society free of magic, how long does it take for historic record to devolve into fiction? Rephrased, how long would it take an Arthurian legend to form, where the ...
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What is a believeable type of lodging that people can rent in the medieval setting world?

I'm trying to build a world that has the setting of medieval or middle-ages fantasy. Stuff like adventurer guild and so on is also implemented alongside the usual mercenary and freelance knight. One ...
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The debt of a middle-ages kingdom

My setting is low-fantasy (weird stuff happens sometimes, but it's rare enough not to have a real impact on everyday life). It focuses on a specific kingdom. This kingdom is supposed to be a typical ...
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What manner of weapons and armor would be suitable for freezing conditions in the middle ages?

In this story I'm giving a go at, humanity as a whole have been under siege from creatures that can be best described as humanoid demons. Things haven't been going well for the human race, as the ...
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What is a viable military strategy for a distantly disjoined country?

Premise I am trying to piece together a world where a country has two territories. One territory is very far away from the other. Between the disjoined lands are long stretches of hostile enemy ...
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Transportation Gateway in Medieval Society

The setting is a generally nondescript mid-medieval vaguely European society. No magic is present, except what is explicitly discussed in this question. Twenty kingdoms, connected by trade routes ...
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Justify Prosperous Medieval Middle Class (No Trade or Industrial Revolution)

The term "middle class" has had several, sometimes contradictory, meanings. It was once defined by exception as an intermediate social class between the nobility and the peasantry of Europe. While ...
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How would an underground city-kingdom re-capture its surface land?

My kingdom has 2 entrances in a hilly field by the ocean shore, comprising over 100 acres. The entrances are the size of a road and can carry carts up and down tunnels leading 12 stories underground ...
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How might one go about safe amputations of wings in the Middle Ages?

I have a species that is born with small wings, that grow to be able to carry them by the magic of handwavium, but they are human in all other respects. It’s the Middle Ages, and the inquisition has ...
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Medieval society with (relatively) easily accessible mechanical power

No magic exists in this setting beyond what is explicitly described in this quesiton. The setting is vaguely European medieval. The question centers around a town large enough to support a nobleman ...
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Name of people inhabiting the Kingdom of Bonfrith? [closed]

would people living in the Kingdom of Bonfrith be called Bonfrithians, Bonfrisians, or something else, according to correct grammar?
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In a Middle Ages esque world would these ideas be implementable by a modern chemist or engineer? [closed]

Say a modern chemist or engineer is landed in a different world with early 1400s Medieval level technology and social problems. She (yes a woman), is immediately considered a witch for many obvious ...
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What knowledge or occupation today would be most useful if time-travelling back to the Middle Ages? [closed]

Note: I'm new to this site, and I'm aware that the rules say it's better to ask questions that can answered, not just discussed, so if it is better I could phrase my question this way instead: "Are ...
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Blood Transfusion in the Middle Ages

It is the typical Middle Ages. Simple bow and sword wielding peasants. They have basic medical skills, can stitch wounds, amputate, etc. In this age, will it be possible to do a blood transfusion? If ...
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Use of metal arrowheads vs stone/bone arrowheads in iron-age society?

1) In real life pre-industrial iron-age societies, were there any trappers/foresters/etc who used stone or bone arrowheads for their arrows, or were iron and bronze arrowheads so cheap that everyone ...
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Keeping disparate tech-levels between two worlds despite knowledge transfer

The setting I'm working on has a parallel world alongside modern-day Earth. This world is Earth-like, though there is somewhat limited magic as well (e.g. people can be transformed into animals and ...
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Where a King's Guard member and his family live? [closed]

First sorry for my bad english feel free to edit mistakes. My world is set in a fantasy european middle age era. The king has a group of warriors who protect him and his family : They are twelve ...
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Would a sonic sword be useful in the middle ages? [closed]

Say Mongolian armies managed to forge a sonic saber to conquer Europe, the only handwavium part of the story is the special blade only responds to its master and when connecting with an opponents ...
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Would trained, obedient dragons fare better in a battle against the wild ones?

Set in the 14th century middle ages, a king led an army of 16000 men on a perilous expedition to steal fertile eggs from the dragon nest rest atop Mt Godamnhigh(fictional). The king's advisor ...
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How would an 'enlightened' middle ages work? [closed]

What would be the requirements and the consequences of having a period with technology from the (late) middle ages but where philosphy and science are well-established and respected? Religion would ...
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How to explain computers to medieval civilians? [closed]

A new book I'm writing has a time traveler go back to the Dark Ages. These people are of course unfamiliar with technology like a computer or even simple machines that perform functions. It's a ...
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What would population be if 1000 or 10000 people began to repopulate in 400 years? [closed]

Okay, this is going to get a bit more complex, as i am trying to find a realistic number for my story. Let’s assume they have a 50/50 male to female ratio. A few important things to throw out there: ...
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Could guy with offline wikipedia (and solar charger) that was transported into middle ages conquer the world? [duplicate]

Exactly what is on the tin. Would offline wikipedia (such as phone with kiwix or wikireader) with means to charge it (portable solar charger) be enough for young person to conquer country and ...
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Could a magic world break the social stagnation of the Early Middle Ages? (Not a technology question)

Setting: 4 types of magic, namely bio, godly, Ancient and artifact. Bio magic: throwing fireballs, making things float, destroying household items seemingly defying you on purpose... Relatively ...