My favorite author encourages people to get out and experience the things that could be in her book. I experienced alot before I decided to start writing. I think it helps to write about doing it, rather then trying to imagine what it would be like. There is no words to describe charging towards a quintain, lance in hand, the sound of the lance meeting the target, and riding past without getting smacked by the counter weight. No better way to know the sheer boredom of a long ride in the saddle then to experience it. The feeling at the end of the day, when rider and horse are about ready to fall asleep standing up. If I had not experienced it, I would not have realized how annoying a cloak can be on a windy day. Horseback when your cloak suddenly blows over your head, you are blind and the horse doesn't know it. Primative camping with horses. Your horse falling alseep, with his head resting on your shoulder. Horse hugs. Who would have thought of a tunic needing adjusted for horseback riding? During the winter, the middle ager probably wore every piece of clothing they owned, and there was bathing except when at home on special occasions. Belly dancers dancing to muscians in the light of a bon-fire. I know we can usually find some description of events, but to experience them makes it alot easier to describe them. I would recomend, if you can, experience something first hand, do it. You can provide information that someone simply researching will never know.