Posts Tagged ‘medieval’
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.