Lord Engineer said:Maybe it would be nice to explore that though I do feel the need to point out that there has been allusions to religion in the Bannerlord footage from Gamescom. So it may be homophobic. We'll have to wait and see.
About the viewpoint of homosexuality in the past, it differs from culture to culture and acceptance flourishes though as far as I know tolerance has never been has high or widespread as modern times. Greco-roman times had one of the highest that I can recall, probably why it has been brought up so much. From memory it stemmed from the idea that marriage was for procreation but outside of that you could find love with a partner, regardless of gender (or amount). I do remember something weird about position between gay men, where it was seen as bad or something for a man of higher social status to be... on the receiving end.
There were other instances of acceptance. There was also the fact that most people slept naked and would have slept together, though I think that was mostly non-sexual in nature and done for warmth. Some of it was probably sexual though. I remember hearing that the Lionheart may have shared a bed with King Philip, not sure of the validity of this though it sounds plausible. I also heard that they may of had a semi-romantic relationship, same for Edward II and Gaveston, though like most of history we don't know for sure.
As for killing children, well I have conflicting feelings on the matter. Honestly I take a rather brutal stance on the matter, on the one hand killing anyone is immoral and killing a child is extra taboo, on the other hand it would be really annoying not to be able to kill children when you can everyone else. It would also probably save a lot of hassle, just in general, and especially when you're trying to exterminate a clan.
As for the player dying with an underaged heir? Not sure, maybe a companion, maybe another (adult) family member, maybe spouse. To put it simply we don't know yet, and we won't know until another blog comes out or the game is released.
The Richard and Philip thing could be explained by a culture surrounding sleeping together as a sign of trust. Medieval Inns for example usually had shared beds and the bed was a common place to conduct negotiations in. It's impossible to say whether this or that king was bi or gay. Some of them probably were. Historians have also used these claims as a slander, for example there were claims that Nero had married a slave and that the emperor was the "bride" in the ceremony and the following marriage, heavily implying that thing about being on the receiving end, and from a slave. To me this episode seems like it was made up by opponents to shame him after his death.
Well, killing children has always been taboo, so at least there should be severe honor punishments for it. I would also like if there was a written "good option" for getting rid of inconvenient kids. Like sending them to some kind of monastery or to adoption out of Calradia or something.