Audiences all over the world can't get enough of medieval stories. Novels, graphic novels, video games, movies, tv shows - we love to imagine ourselves back to a time when everything was epic and anything seemed possible. But no matter what medium you're using, one thing is true:
It's hard to create a medieval story that feels authentic when you're not an expert.
No one wants to be the person who gets a million tweets about the ahistorical petticoats lifted in their romance novel, or the person who drew gargoyles on Notre Dame de Paris in the wrong century. But how are you supposed to find out what's true and what's not?
You can spend hours on YouTube, searching for a video that shows you what medieval combat looks like, only to find out that the person who created it doesn't know any more than you do about it. You can order books online and spend hours reading them only to find that they don't contain that small detail you needed - what does it actually look like to cut into medieval food?
Introducing The Medieval Masterclass for Creators
This six-week course is specifically designed for those people who are creating medieval stories in both visual and textual media: the people who need reliable, visual, expert content.
With expert classes, visual demonstrations, and reliable resources, The Medieval Masterclass for Creators will give you the launch you need to let your imagination fly.
exclusive, premium content focused on daily life, not kings and dates
live and pre-recorded lectures
demonstrations by experts
a bibliography vetted by experts and tailored to your project
a community of fellow creators for support and the exchange of ideas
access to Danièle for questions and help with your project
images and resources to download
Week 1: Daily Life in Objects with Danièle Cybulskie (live via Zoom)
Week 2: Medieval Food with Beth Rogers
Week 3: Combat with Ken Mondschein
Week 4: Blacksmithing with Thomas B. Timbrell
Week 5: Medieval Textiles with Katrin Kania
Week 6: Architecture, Landscapes, Soundscapes with Danièle Cybulskie (live via Zoom)
How is this different from a normal history course?
In a regular history course, you're taught about political facts and historical figures. This is very useful! But you can find this information almost anywhere. The Medieval Masterclass for Creators shows you the details that are hard to research: the look and movement of textiles, or the colour and texture of food, for example. You're also given a bibliography vetted by experts and tailored to your project. All of this will save you time and effort in researching your medieval project.
How long will I be able to access the content?
You will be able to access the content for six months following the beginning of the course. This time limit is long enough for you to revisit the information many times, but short enough to help you stop procrastinating and get working on your project - a challenge we all struggle with!
Will you be offering this course again?
Yes. This course will be offered on a regular basis, beginning in January, 2021.
What if I can't attend the live classes?
No problem. There are two classes in this course which will be live in order to build community, but these will both be recorded, so that they can be accessed later. You'll still be able to watch these classes and ask questions later, and you'll still be able to build community with your classmates through our chat platform.
I'm an armchair historian, not a creator. Would I still enjoy this class?
Yes! Although this class is aimed at creators, if you're into the serious minute details of the medieval world, you will still enjoy this class.
Where is the banner image from?
So glad you asked! This image is from British Library Additional 10294 f. 68. It's a picture of Lancelot in combat.