1. Let me just say this again to be clear

    fandomsandfeminism:

    Things that ACTUALLY EXISTED FOR REAL IN EUROPEAN HISTORY: Non-white people, mostly those of North African and Middle Eastern heritage who were immigrants, merchants, missionaries, mercenaries  advisors, and scholars; female leaders, including the famed Warrior Queen Boudicca; and queer folk, seriously, Shakespeare wrote sonnets for dudes.

    Things that did NOT actually exist for real in European History: Magic, faeries, dragons, wizards.

    Q.E.D. The “well, there’s no black people/brown people/women leaders/gay people in this European inspired fantasy because that would be inaccurate” rhetoric is bullshit.

    JESUS FUCKING CHRIST YESTHIS PLEASE AND THANKS

    So much fantasy is set in quasi “dark ages” feudal Europe.  Can we just take a sec and realize that Europe is that asshole who gets to be a continent even though he’s not really a continent.  He’s the jerk who, when he has a bad day, everyone starts calling it The Dark Ages.  

    FYI, “The Dark Ages” were a golden age for almost everyone else.  Islam was booming, spreading and gathering up classical knowledge that would have been completely lost otherwise.  China was going through a golden age of its own unter the Tang empire and Song empires, during which China grew and traded so much and so widely that they ran out of metal for coins and had to invent paper money (they also invented gunpowder).  And let’s not forget that, while we have relatively few written records from this region, the evidence suggests that Africa (ALL of Africa, both around the Mediterranean and in Sub-Saharan Africa) was booming as well, creating empires of their own, trading with Islamic travelers and building gorgeous goddamn cities.

    During this massively diverse time period, there were gay emperors and female emperors in China, the most traveled man in the world was an Islamic scholar and one of the wealthiest men in the world was an African Muslim king.

    (via beanarie)

     
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