Voices from the Twelfth-Century Steppe

A case study in the craft of historical fiction. My experience between the primary sources and the historians. This essay is both an interpretation of The Secret History of the Mongols, from which I have worked for fifteen years, and a commentary on one creative writer’s interactions with the body of secondary work on this source: the three-way conversation between source, novelist and historians. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781370558926
About Bryn Hammond

I have been fascinated by steppe cultures from a young age, although I wrote more SF/F when young. In the vast world of fiction, I’ve liked nothing better than works of the medieval imagination – folk epic and romance. So when I made the earnest acquaintance of The Secret History of the Mongols – late enough in life to feel equipped for a major task – I felt the stars had aligned for my writing.

About me, I never have much to say. The quieter your life, the more time you have to read and write. Not that I don’t live wildly now and then. I’m Australian, ex-British. I enjoy tea, scotch I can’t afford, walks by the sea, and my bookshelves: I have the industrial pipe look in charcoal, and I have French pot stands, which are curly metal racks.

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