Category: The Historical Resource Library

The Historical Novelist’s Resource Library

Why a research trip is worth the time (and the money!) [Research Trips 01]

When you explore the setting of your novel in person, on a research trip, you discover material you didn’t even know you were searching for.  Exploring your setting changes the way you see your protagonist, and it might even change the story you intend to tell. But those insights into your novel won’t happen when your …

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[Historical Fiction Prompt] How To Protect Your Beard During The Night in 1890

  Curated by Dr. Barbara Ellermeier, historian and author. I publish helpful resources for authors who want to write novels and non-fiction books with a historical setting. Want to receive prompts like this one once a week?   Beards are really hot right now. – I can’t believe I am actually writing this down! Okay, so: Beards haven’t been fancy since …

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How the »Wellcome Images Database« can help you to conduct research for your next novel

»Wellcome Images« is a database of 100.000 pictures, drawings, sketches & photos. It is connected with the famous Wellcome Library, which stores information about medical history and the human condition.  As an author, you can easily find images for the scenes you want to write.     1. Research for novel with images. An image can help you to …

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[Historical Fiction Prompt] Why Isn’t There a Novel About a Ganerben-Burg Castle?

A castle divided between multiple families: Just like in BURG ELTZ in Western Germany. Each of those medieval families owned different parts of the castle. While they shared common areas, like the kitchen or the chapel, they behaved like kings and queens in their own quarters. Intending to show their wealth, the different owners of Eltz …

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