The series I’m currently working on – fairy tales with Vikings! – is best described as historical fantasy. It’s set in a version of medieval Europe and the Mediterranean, although I don’t call the places by their current names. I want the stories to seem accurate for the time period, but I also don’t want to be constricted by actual historical events.
Fortunately, there are a ton of great resources for building an authentic medieval world. Here are some of my favorites.
Historical figures and campaigns
- History Time: Really detailed videos on Viking exploration and military campaigns of the Middle Ages, focusing on Britain, Viking kings, and the Mediterranean, as well as ancient Rome and Greece.
- History With Hilbert: Short-ish, in-depth videos on specific northern Europe historical figures, wars, languages, and general Viking and British stuff.
- VC3 Productions: Overviews of the history of European countries and historical figures and events.
- Modern History TV: The best channel on YouTube for all aspects of daily life of knights in medieval Britain, from horse care to meals to weaponry.
- Invicta: Details on military life and logistics in the Middle Ages and ancient Rome.
- Metatron: All things military in medieval Europe, from weapons to fighting techniques to battle offense and defense, as well as videos about daily Medieval life.
- Scholagladiatoria: Another channel on medieval warfare, focusing on weapons, armor, and fighting techniques.
- Shadiversity: The go-to source for information on all aspects of medieval castles, including how and why they were built.
General fantasy worldbuilding
- James Tullos: Reviews of fictional worlds in books and movies, as well as discussions on how to build fantasy worlds.
- Stoneworks World Building: In-depth discussions on accurately naming your worlds and characters and adapting real-world settings and scenarios to your fantasy world.
If you’re creating or have created a fantasy world, what resources did you use? Please share in the comments!