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Medieval people didn’t bathe. All women were nothing but chattel. You could never have too many sons. Those were only a few misconceptions I had about the early Middle Ages when I first decided to write stories set in the days of Charlemagne.

But when I actually researched the history, a different and more complex picture emerged. For more, read my guest post on Jaffareadstoo for five surprising facts about early medieval times.

9th century Carolingian manuscript

A 9th century manuscript (public domain image via Wikimedia Commons)