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Names to Memorialise

Names to Memorialise

There is much being said about how New Zealand has memorialised historical figures who have contributed to our past. Of concern is the role and glorification of these people and their impact on our country. Like many, what I knew about these famed men and their accomplishments was mostly from what I’d learned in school, […]

Ye Olde Fake English

Ye Olde Fake English

I often pore through old correspondence and antique books as part of my research. Reading those letters and books isn’t always easy. Wordy, run-on sentences, unusual phrases and uncommon words makes it incredibly frustrating to fully comprehend what educated men wrote all those years ago. How different our language has since become and how much […]

The Big and Small

The Big and Small

Most of us don’t spare much thought about animals in the Middle Ages, but it is a topic much discussed and argued by medieval aficionados. What is undisputable is that medieval animals were considerably smaller than modern day animals, but how much smaller? A modern adult cow can weigh anywhere between 1000lbs to 1800lbs (453kgs […]

Meet Historical Fiction Author from New Zealand Paul W. Feenstra

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS Tell us about yourself: Where do you live?  I currently live in Waverley Beach, New Zealand. It’s a small, picturesque, rural and remote beach in the South Taranaki region of the North Island. While there are about 50 homes here, only 8 people live here full-time, I’m #8 How long have you lived there? […]