Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Poul Anderson's Time Patrolmen and SM Stirling's Nantucketers demonstrate firearms by killing an animal. One Nantucketer explains:
"'...the bullets would strike through any armor a man could carry, and send his spirit to the realm of Nergal.'" (Against The Tide Of Years, Chapter Eight, p. 135)
(Incidentally, Mike Carey, writing John Constantine: Hellblazer, reveals that the demon Nergal's full name is Nergal Draanu Veiatroformis Memoth Asrokhel.)
The Nantucketers have traveled to a time before standing to attention had been invented (see here):
"'Close-order drill and standing to attention hadn't been invented here yet; the king's guards were alert, but there was little formality to their postures." (p. 134)
Reading modern military precision back into ancient periods would be an easy mistake to make in historical, or prehistorical, fiction.