There are people involved. That’s the first mistake.
Scientists were never meant to be part of history. Anything in the past is better studied from the present. It’s safer.
When a team of Australian scientists – and a lone historian –travel back to St-Guilhem-le-Désert in 1305 they discover being impartial, distant and objective just doesn’t work when you’re surrounded by the smells, dust and heat of a foreign land. They’re only human after all.
But by the time Artemisia is able to convince others that it’s time to worry, it’s already too late.
‘Viscerally powerful, deeply felt, strongly written: Langue[dot]doc 1305 challenges reader expectations of time travel, of ‘Grim-dark’ and of mediaeval life and brings a haunting, authentic voice both to the past and to the struggles facing the present.’
– Kari Sperring, author of Living With Ghosts