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Discussion in 'Research' started by skip.knox, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    skip.knox submitted a new blog post:

    History for Fantasy Writers: Millers
    by E.L. Skip Knox

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    This time we talk about millers and mills. Millers were a part of everyday life everywhere, for they provide the grain the bakers use for our daily bread. Even where someone might have their own baking oven (most people did not), they still needed to have their grain turned into flour. Almost no one did this by hand, unless they were very poor and very rural. For the most part, you took your harvested, threshed grain off to the local mill.

    This might sound so ordinary that it barely merits consideration for the writer, but millers held a special place in society and mills themselves made for a great hideout for everything from robbery to romance. Beyond that, it's worth knowing a little bit about mills in order to place them properly in the background.

    [​IMG]There were more kinds of mills than you might think at first. Sure, wind mills and water mills, those were the most common, but there were also mills driven by donkey or ox (by turning a capstan). And my favorite, which is a tide mill, where the water comes in at high tide, then a gate is dropped and the water rushing back out turns a wheel. Very generally, put wind mills in the countryside and water mills in or next to towns. Mills were rarely driven by animal power because the cost of feeding the draft animals took away too much of the profit.
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  2. skip.knox

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    Hooray! Striking sparks is what it's all about. Well, except in a mill. I'm glad you found something of use.
     
  3. DylanRS

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    These articles always set a cozy mood for brainstorming and daydreaming. I've been taking somewhat of a break from the kind of fantasy they seem to be written for, and every time I read one of these I get more excited for my eventual return.

    I wish I could reach back into history and shake someone from that era, trying desperately to explain to them how cool the world around them is. I know how that's nonsensical from like 10 different angles - not the least of which is the irony that someone from the future is probably trying to shake me right now.
     
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  4. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    I'm a baby boomer. I've spent my whole life remembering the future.
     
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    "Great Scott! We have to go...Back to the future!"
     
  6. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    I always wondered in that movie who the heck Scott was.
     
  7. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    Go for it, Brie! I'm glad you found something useful in the article.
     
  8. Pemry Janes

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    I hadn't considered the social position of millers at all. It has all sorts of possibilities. Thank you for the article.
     
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  9. skip.knox

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    Thanks. I'm glad you found something of potential use. That's why I write the posts.
     
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