This page gives some background information on what life is like in fantasy Europe, 1007 AD. For players that don't have any idea what the early 11th century is like, this will help them get into character, and may even help them come up with character ideas. This section is divided into four parts:
Characters will, of course, need names. There are a number of web sites that may help. I recommend the Medieval Names Archive ,which was designed for the SCA, and takes itself way too seriously; or Kate Monk's Onomastikon, which has been the go-to source for roleplayers for some time now.