Check this frak out from Sword Woman and Other Historical Adventures
Such men I had never seen. Like him I had slain, they were tall and massive with red or yellow hair and beards and fierce light eyes. But they were not clad in mail from head to foot like the Crusaders. They wore horned helmets and shirts of scale mail which came almost to their knees but left their throats and arms bare, and most of them wore no other armor at all.
Robert E. Howard is overrated.
He lived for all his life in a small Texas town with limited resources and still he tried to do the best possible research for his historical tales. I guess we can't pretend perfection from someone who wrote one hundred years ago.
Anyway, Howard's strength is in the writing. No one could describe a weird landscape, a battle or an action scene the way he did. Howard was less baroque than Lovecraft (and, in a way, less literate), but he was both rich and direct in his writings (writings that, it is worth remembering, include MUCH MORE than Conan - Conan actually being a series that he began and left unfinished during the last years of his brief life).
Hear hear!! I grew up reading Robert E. Howard. He may or may not have done very well on historical accuracy, but he could damn well spin a yarn that would keep me mesmerized. His short stories on the Crusades were gems, if you ask me. If he was writing in the day of the internet, or easy international travel, or easy research, then I may be less forgiving. But, from what I understand he basically grew up poor and probably wasn't very "international".
If they made movies that followed his stories more truly, and used some of the quotes in his books, those movies would be far better.
I still go back and re-read his Conan short stories. All safely tucked away on my Kindle. not to mention his El Borak stories, some Bran Mak Morn stories, and his Strange Tales (I think that was the name of the magazine that published a lot of his stories).
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