The World of Christian Cameron

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Reenacting, with war–gaming, military experience, and real life, inform my writing. Many of my reenacting friends also act as my early readers, looking at manuscripts and making judgments—and laughing aloud. Often they laugh because they were there for an incident that has now been fictionalized… Reenactment provides a unique insight into the past, not just from the point of view of clothes and material culture but in mind–set, worship, intellectual accomplishment, ritual, dance, martial arts… One of my favorite critical comments so far on the Tyrant series came from a reader who said “these aren’t just modern people playing dress–up.” That’s interesting—because, of course, reenactors ARE just modern people playing dress–up. But it helps make the writer’s view of the ancient, Medieval and 18th century world “round”—that is, full and detailed, and that helps writing immensely. I don’t have to imagine what it is like to fight on horseback. I don’t have to imagine what it is like to wear armour for eight hours, or to light a fire with flint and steel, or wear a chiton…



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