March 24th, 2007

13th Century Europe (esp. clothing, society, architecture)

Setting: a fantasy realm, but based off of 13th-century Europe
Searched: I've searched both Google and Wikipedia using assorted keywords. "thirteenth century", "thirteenth century clothing", "thirteenth century costume", "thirteenth centry europe", "thirteenth century europe costume/clothing", etc. (I've tried replacing "thirteenth century" with "13th century", as well, and gone through the Google directory.) I've also checked two books (Life in a Medieval Castle and Life in a Medieval City) out from my school library and gone through them. So I have a general idea of the clothing, society, and architecture. I've found a couple good sites, too.

Question: Really, I'm looking for any little details you guys can provide as applicable to 13th-century Europe. Most pressingly details on clothing, society, and architecture at the time. I'd really like sites/books with PICTURES, please, because a lot of the ones I've looked at are lacking in that department (I realise it's difficult to find visual evidence for the 13th century, seeing as they didn't have cameras, but...yeah). I know that the architecture I'm looking at is Gothic, and that I'm really trying to focus on clothing for the rich, and for knights. Clothing for the poor I know is really basic. Also, I CAN afford to ad-lib on this a bit, but I'm a stickler, and would prefer to have a strong background in this stuff before I try to mess around with it.

Thanks in advance for any help!
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Bullet wounds to the leg and arm

I have a question about bullet wounds.  I googled different combinations of arm, leg, bullet wound, and recovery, and the best that google came up with was this:

This was great, but it doesn't quite fit with what I'm writing about. In my writing, a 26-year-old man is shot twice. One bullet hits his calf muscle, and the other hits his thigh muscle. His bones are not hit. What I want to know is:
1) How long might he be in the hospital?
2) When could he walk again?
3) How long might he limp?

Thanks.

Novice shooter at a range in 1990s America

Setting:
America in the mid to late 1990s, in a state somewhere between Oklahoma and Washington DC. (Particular state can be chosen as most appropriate, depending on gun control laws and so on.)

Searched:
Read Wikipedia articles on "Shooting range" and "Shooting ranges in the United States." Googled for "shooting range," "shooting range how to" and "shooting range first time." Suggestions for better search terms would be appreciated!

The scenario:
Two female FBI agents are on a road trip, driving back to Washington DC with a twelve-year-old boy in tow. They decide to teach the boy how to shoot; he has never used a gun before. They stop at a shooting range which has an indoor handgun range; ideally this is the sort of place where few questions are asked and where you don't need to do any paperwork. (I've read that shooters under 18 need a legal guardian present, and neither of these women is the boy's legal guardian.) They decide to have the boy use one of their guns (Sig Sauer semiautomatic pistols) rather than renting one for him.

The questions:
Since I have never shot a gun before, and know almost no one who has, there are going to be quite a few! Would the FBI's standard service weapon be considered an unusual choice for teaching a twelve-year-old boy how to shoot? If so, what would be suggested as a more manageable alternative? How well would a novice shooter be expected to do on his first time around? More generally I'm interested in the procedure that's followed on a shooting range. What would the experience be like, and what would the boy find striking about it? What sort of instruction would they offer him? Is there anything else that I ought to know? Accounts of personal experiences, or pointers to articles offering them, would be very much appreciated.

Hialeah, Florida.

So, guys. Hialeah, Florida.

I've read a little about it, as much information as I can find on the web, but does anyone know what it's like to live there? What kind of people live there? What do kids do for fun? What are the schools like? Is there rivalry between them?

I'm writing about a kid from Hialeah and I really want as much information on the area as I can get. Just stupid stuff like, how long does it take to drive to the beach, and what the public transport system is like, and how hot it usually is. Information about what it's like to live there, not statistics about the population or anything. Any information at all - really, anything at all - would be so very appreciated. Thank you! ♥