At any rate, I have been doing some specific research, some general research, and some reading that isn't technically research at all. I don't typically write about this aspect of my writing, simply because what interests me in its nonfiction format isn't always what interests other folk. But, on the other hand, sometimes it is enjoyable to hear what tidbits an author has dug up. So rather than doing a great big post on the Age of Sail or the healing properties of comfrey, here is a snapshot of some of the things that have stood out to me in researching for Tempus Regina and writing in general.
The Minoan civilization, which populated Crete and the islands of the Aegean some millennia before the birth of Christ, had running water and sewer systems. And toilets! That flushed! (Sort of.) If the culture hadn't been wiped out, plumbing might have been widespread much sooner in the history of the West. I think that constitutes a tragedy.
Aristotelian theory posits that all forms of matter are simply combinations of the four elements (earth, water, fire, and air) in varying proportions, which means that if you were able to alter the proportions, you could change the matter entirely. Which means that under Aristotelian theory, alchemy is not an unreasonable pursuit.
Chinese alchemy makes no sense, but they did manage to make chemistry sound pretty.
Common speedwell is also known as "Paul's Betony." I'd like to know if that was the reason for the actor's name. Probably not.
The walls at the Minoan palace at Knossos were inlaid with wooden frames for support against the frequent seismic activity. In the final cataclysm it obviously wasn't one hundred percent effective.
Wood avens was once thought to drive away rabid dogs, evil spirits, and venomous snakes. Good thing to have on hand, I suppose.
The original copper sheathing on the USS Constitution was most likely imported from Britain, not manufactured by Paul Revere; he only got to do the ship's detailing, since his copper company wasn't founded until 1801. He may, however, have provided the sheathing for the USS Argus in 1803, which is the brig Tip ships out in.
have you found out anything intriguing of late?