“Now father, you’re living in the past. This is the fourteenth century. Nowadays …”
– Walt Disney animated feature Sleeping Beauty (1959)
The “Get Medieval” series of articles we have been releasing are designed to give some useful perspective on what the real Middle Ages in Europe–that fascinating period of history so closely associated with the majority of fantasy role playing games–were like, and what interesting facts, information and inspiration we can take from the medieval period. So far I’ve written about the medieval village, the most common inhabited setting that would regularly be encountered in a game world, and the medieval town, introducing some of the more interesting and less obvious features of the medieval urban experience. I’m currently working on wrapping up this trio with an article on cities, the rare but incredibly significant metropolises of the medieval world.