Bekah (expastic) wrote in medievalstudies,

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in the avoidance of anachronisms

Hello all!

I have probably a very odd question to propose, but I figured you all would definitely be the ones to ask. ;) If this isn't community appropriate in any way, let me know and I'll be glad to take it down. :)

A little background: I'm currently taking an "honours tutorial" at my school called Zombies and Philosophy. Yes, you read that correctly. A course on zombies. ;) It is quite wonderful, although pretty intense. Anyway, we have a final project coming up and it's a "creative project" where we have to write/film/draw something creative about both zombies and philosophy/social and political matters. I think I'm either going to draw a fairly short graphic novel or write a short story.

But the point is, I have decided that I would really like to base my story in medieval times! I can't really think of anything cooler than a medieval zombie plague, can you? :D

Basically my medieval knowledge stems from television shows and films which are pretty laughable in their historical inaccuracies for the most part. I want to make sure I don't turn in a project that is rife with historical anachronisms or simply has information that's made up. (Although my next semester of school will hopefully include a course on King Arthur. Fun!)

Can anyone offer any insight as to what the protocol would be in a situation such as attack or plague in medieval times? I know I'm going to have to improvise some of the information a bit on account of the fictional zombie element, but I can try and make it as realistic as possible. What would the kings do in case of attack? How about the people? Would the king be more concerned with the immediate castle areas and not worry about the hinterlands? Were there court physicians that would investigate the cause of the zombies? What about the army that would fight them? I definitely don't expect anyone to do my research for me, but I don't have the time to learn medieval history completely, so anything is helpful.

I appreciate any insight at all, and especially everyone putting up with my ridiculousness! Thanks! :D

(cross-posted at askahistorian)

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