As I mentioned – I have a piece in the fantastic new speculative-historical-fiction anthology, Long Hidden, called The Colts.
The Colts is about a nearly-successful peasant revolt in the early 16th century. During the crusades the Pope ordered Christian kingdoms to fulfill strict quotas of people sent down to fight against the Muslims. And at the tail-end of the crusades, these people were inevitably the farmers and workers and lowest classes who were sent down to die, against an enemy they knew practically nothing about, for reasons that were not at all clear.
(Thank goodness we don’t have wars like that anymore! ack)
György Dózsa was commissioned to lead this makeshift army. He had little time to give them training, and the people he was charged with training were barely provided for (neither food nor weapons) while their own farms languished during the harvest, and the nobility took control of their lands. It was a miserable situation, and Dózsa knew it. Dózsa attempted to lobby the nobility many times, but the pleas fell on deaf ears. He came to intimately understand where the real conflict was. The only thing that could be done was to turn that army around to seek justice for them.
He did so — and was nearly successful, taking back half the country — until he was captured and horribly tortured. To this day he is considered a martyr and hero in Hungary.
While I kept my story mostly historically accurate, there’s one major difference. The narrative viewpoint is from those 99%-er Zombies, the working class who died in the revolution.
It was a pleasure working with editors @rosefox and @djolder during the process, and it’s been a thrill watching the buzz on its first weekend. Kudos on a spectacular launch. It’s deserved, the other stories are amazing. You can buy a copy of Long Hidden here