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A Great Map of Medieval Trade Routes

This map was created around 2012 and it shows many trade routes and important cities that existed in Eurasia and Africa circa 1200. There are lots of small inaccuracies so the specialists get to nit-pick. Medieval Trade Routes of Eurasia and Africa - circa 1200 My world is not the same as the real world but I draw a lot of inspiration from the world of our past. Medieval World Trade Routes

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Hello world!

Welcome to my world. The Secret Journey series is what I call "historical fantasy", much like the later novels of Guy Gavriel Kay (my favorite: A Song for Arbonne). Most fantasy novels are set in worlds which are very much like our own, but with various unreal elements added in. My books are like other fantasy novels but with a bit less of the unreal elements and a bit more grounding in the real world. Its all just a matter of degree. Tolkien was famous for his highly limited use of magic in both The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. The same was true of E.R. Edison in his novel The Worm Oroborus. This is my preferred style as well. The more magic there is, the less I…

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