Everyone needs to escape from the daily grind, and pretending to be a brave knight in shining armor or a beautiful princess frocked in a flowing, nearly transparent gown is just as valid a pastime as volunteering for Big Brothers/Big Sisters or holding up a bar stool in a neighborhood dive. However, we can't help but think the truth about the medieval era is less than shining and beautiful. Outside the castle walls there existed a less fanciful reality where a person could hardly expect to live past 30 or scrounge up more to eat than peat moss and mud cakes. For every romantic tale of castles and forest glades, there is an equally harrowing tale of chastity belts, indentured servitude and dungeons of torture. But, come to think of it, even that passes as romantic fantasy to certain segments of the... More >>>