Posts Tagged ‘medieval’
I’d like to welcome another debut author to the blog today. Barbara Bettis loves creating stories of other times and places, of heroines to die for and heroes to live for. Her first book, SILVERHAWK released last week from Wild Rose Press. Congratulations on your debut novel.
Barbara: Thank you. I’m excited to see Giles and Emelin’s story in print. I’ve loved it for a long time.
I remember seeing that title come up quite regularly as a contest finalist. Can you tell us a little more about it?
Barbara: Love to. SILVERHAWK is about a knight who is everything a proper lady should never want, and lady who is everything a bastard mercenary can never have. And every time I start to talk about it, I get all carried away, so let me just share the blurb.
To avenge his mother’s honor, Sir Giles of Cambrai has come to England to kill his father. First, however, he’ll take sweet revenge by kidnapping his sire’s new betrothed. But when Giles uncovers a plot against King Richard, he faces a dilemma: take the lady or track the traitors. What’s a good mercenary to do? Both, of course.
Abandoned in a convent by her brother, Lady Emelin finally has the chance for home and family. Yet now she’s been abducted. Her kidnapper may be the image of her dream knight, but she won’t allow him to spoil this betrothal. Her only solution: escape
Rescuing the intrepid lady–while hunting the traitors–is a challenge Giles couldn’t anticipate. But the greatest challenge to both Giles and Emelin is the fire blazing between them. For he’s everything a proper lady should never want, and she’s everything a bastard mercenary can never have.
What fascinates you about the medieval period?
Barbara: You know, I’m not quite sure. I think it’s tied up in my interest in history. I’ve loved the stories of knights and ladies and quests for as long as I can remember reading—King Arthur’s Round Table I recall devouring early on. In those stories, there seemed to be a chivalry, an altruism, a romantic gallantry missing from today. Not altogether true, of course. What can I say? I started reading very young.
Of course, once I got to school, and later researched and really learned about the period, the reality of the hardships of life and the limited opportunities—especially for women, some of that romance dissipated. But the fascination with earlier times never faded.
Do any other time periods catch your fancy? Tell us about them and why.
Barbara: History was one of my minors in college. I’m interested so many periods, that question is difficult to answer in a short space, so I’ll just mention Greek and Roman–especially Greek. So many foundations of our own culture are found there, including Greek drama and dramatic structure (in college, I thought Aristophanes’ Lysistrata had a good idea for halting war). The Napoleonic years, also, I find interesting.
What else might we see from you in the future?
Barbara: Right now I have a sequel to Silverhawk with my editor. It’s Stephen and Evelynn’s story. I spent the last months getting it edited and revised. My WIP is a Regency, my other favorite period for my own writing. I’m looking forward to getting back to it.
Naturally, many of us here also love the Regency. The bio on your website indicates you’ve always loved reading. What was your favorite book or series growing up?
Barbara: I had no one favorite. Of course, Nancy Drew! One of my first memories of reading involves my sitting on my grandmother’s couch, absorbed in a book of fables and folk tales. All the pre-Disney, dark versions of fairy tales, written as cautionary stories for children? Scary.
I read everything I could get my hands on, including my uncle’s stash of very old Westerns (they were tame back then. I appreciated Luke Short’s economy of words.)
I had a similar book of fairy tales growing up, and I loved them. Anything else you’d like us to know about you?
Barbara: I’m the grandmother of a varied crew, including four teen-aged granddaughters. This summer I’ve re-discovered the calming effect of chocolate.
Thank you so much for hosting me today. I’ve enjoyed being here.
You’re quite welcome. And I’m sure we can all vouch for the calming effect of chocolate.
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that an heiress in possession of enormous tracts of land must be in want of a husband. Or at least that was the universal truth during the high middle ages—to the point where such an heiress risked being abducted and forced to marry her captor so he could gain control of her property.
At the age of fifteen, Eleanor of Aquitaine became just such an heiress when her father died suddenly, leaving her in possession of a territory nearly 1/3 the size of modern France. But like his daughter, William X Duke of Aquitaine was intelligent and left a provision in his will to ensure Eleanor wouldn’t fall prey to the first kidnapper who came along.
Ash: Today, medieval author Kim Rendfeld has dropped in for tea. And when I say medieval, I’m talking Carolingian France. Tell us a little about your latest release.
Kim: The Cross and the Dragon, published by Fireship Press, is a tale of love amid the wars and blood feuds of Charlemagne’s reign. The heroine, Alda, is a young noblewoman who must contend with a jilted suitor bent on revenge and the anxiety that her beloved husband, Hruodland, will be killed in the coming war.
Ash: That is certainly off the beaten path, but as a former French literature major, I’m familiar with the legend. If I recall my classes, “The Song of Roland” is considered the first work of French literature, in that it exists in Old French as opposed to Latin. Tell us a bit more about the time period.