E. A. Stewart

About me

I am a long-time reader of historicals and mythopoeic literature. While I worked as a tech writer, I buried myself in literature from periods that interest me and in long historicals like Dorothy Dunnet’s. I am now writing the Accidental Heretics series under the pen name E. A. Stewart, focusing on the mini cultural Renaissance of the 13th Century in the Languedoc and the crusade that destroyed it.

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Otherness in Medieval History and Popular Culture Offshoots

There’s a fine conversation happening on In the Middle, a medieval studies group blog  about a range of diversity issues, as identified in literary artifacts (sometimes known as papers and books), and in medieval-derived modern stories like Game of Thrones and LOTR. Here are a few top posts from In the…

What’s an untainted word for ‘head strong’?

What similar adjective is appropriate in a medieval context? Determined? That implies a goal. Resolute? That implies a commitment. Indomitable? That’s about successfully resisting domination. “Willful” seems to be about refusing discipline. “Head strong” seems to have drifted to being used to describe young women or girls. To me, there’s a…

Crossing La Mancha

In the upcoming Crux Lunata, Book 3 of the Accidental Heretics series, each chapter is a place in the journey across Spain during the Reconquista efforts of 1212. So I’ve spent all week crossing La Mancha with 200 men, including: Hideous travel conditions A raid by false “saracens” Quarterstaff battles…

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