Narnia. Pern. Fillory. Oz. Earthsea. Middle Earth. Fionvar.
Fantasy fans read to escape to another world. Your job as a writer is to make that world so compelling, they never want to leave.
Here's a book to get you thinking about the historical details to use and the concepts to ponder in order to create rich, chewy, and believable fantasy worlds. Filled with trivia, tidbits, and a slew of resources, and written in a light, engaging style, Recreating History for Fantasy Writers is a must-read for any author of high fantasy.
Bestselling author and historical re-creationist Dayle A. Dermatis has lived in the UK and traveled extensively in Europe, plus she has a lot of knowledgeable friends. She wants more amazing, fully realized fantasy worlds to fall into.
Do you have to be accurate to a time period or place? Of course not, you're writing fantasy, not history.
Do you have to know every detail before you start writing? Hell no.
But if you learn how to study history, you'll have a lot of those details and concepts in your head before you ever start writing.
This isn't a book about writing about a particular time period or place.
This isn't a book about writing historical fiction.
This is a book about finding details in historic time periods to make your worlds come alive, and avoiding clichés and obvious mistakes.
This is a book to help you create rich, chewy fantasy worlds your readers will believe in, fall into, and ideally never, ever want to leave.
(Note: If this isn't enough, please let me know and I'll send more.)