They were the property of men. My spunky heroine, Mabelle, has a difficult time accepting that! They had no understanding of the laws of physics, nature, nor even how the human body worked. In their minds, anything could happen—there were no limitations. Sorcery really did work. An astrologist should be consulted for advice on when to take medicine or when to take in the washing. Lead could be turned into gold. There was widespread belief in prophecy and, difficult as it might be to believe the acceptance of some of the political prophetical works, sometimes works of science and philosophy were even more outlandish.
Here, for example, is a famous passage from Roger Bacon, a 13th century scientist and philosopher:. Chariots can be built which can move without any draught animal at incalculable speed…Flying machines might be made in which a man might sit, turning a certain mechanism whereby artfully built wings might beat the air, in the manner of a bird in flight.
Another instrument could be made which, although small, will lift or lower weights of almost infinite greatness…Again, instruments might be made for walking in the sea, or in rivers, even to the very bottom…bridges might cross rivers without pier or prop. In health matters, medical knowledge was based largely on astrology, herbology, religion, philosophy, hearsay and desperation.
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If an even number result, the patient will not escape. If the number be odd, he will recover. They believed the entire universe was made up of four elements: fire, water, earth and air, which were mirrored in the four basic humors of the body: choler, phlegm, black bile and blood. Magic was tolerated, even encouraged. One of my villains, Morwenna, has as many sickly customers from the village for her hexes and spells as the heroine, Rhonwen, a healer known for her skill with herbs, salves and potions.
Magic was one thing.
Heretical magic was another. In , an Irish gentlewoman, Dame Alice Kyteler, and her companions, were accused of renouncing Christ, making sacrifices of living chickens to demons, cursing their husbands and creating unguents from the intestines of the chickens. Had they been made in England, they would probably have been hung.
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As it was, Alice and her companions were burned alive. There are at least two sites in the world today that still claim to be the repository of the skull of John the Baptist.
Where is Anderson Cooper when you need him! Do you shudder a little when you see a mass migration of crows? Maybe I should ease off the husband cursing for a while! And flying machines? Your email address will not be published. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.
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Share on Twitter Tweet. One of the things I enjoy most about writing historical romance is the in-depth research required to provide the reader with an authentic medieval experience. Bouncing Around The Middle Ages by Anna Markland I often add a proviso to the introduction of my books that if only my heroes and heroines had revealed their stories to me in chronological order, life would have been so much easier for my readers!
As it is, I have bounced all over the eleventh and twelfth centuries like a grasshopper. Each of my 13 books stands alone, but the common thread is a medieval family of noblemen and women from the Middle Ages—the Montbryces. Why did I choose to follow one family through successive generations and branches? I am an avid genealogist and my hope has always been to trace my family back to the time of the Norman Conquest. I was born in England, but it is unlikely my dream will ever come true since I am not a descendant of nobility. So I made up a family!
When I began their odyssey, I quickly wrote , words! Then I realized—too many love stories, too many relationships, too much you know what! So I split the novel into four, and produced the series, the Montbryce Legacy.
All so familiar, until Tortoise -- the Divine Creature who ignores the rules of right and wrong -- challenges his fellow divinities to meddle. Julie Johnstone. Get Intimate with History! If only my heroes and heroines had revealed their stories to me in chronological order, it would have made life so much easier for you! Thanks, Jacqui! Continuing a series of great adventures … Show more Show less.
They blend well because they were all written at the same time! I even used my genealogical software to create a family tree for the Montbryces. I now add a family tree in each book for the protagonists of that story, and readers love them!
Successive series have been offshoots of branches of the family. My current series, Montbryce-The Next Generation, focuses on three heroes with physical afflictions. Book 3, Dance of Love, features Izzy de Montbryce whose hands have been gnarled by rheumatoid arthritis.
Imagine a warrior unable to wield a sword! Book 1 see what I mean about grasshopper mentality , Dark Irish Knight , is a new release. The hero, Ronan MacLachlainn, has been blinded in one eye.
Book 2 slated for September will be entitled Silent Knights and will feature Adam de Montbryce who loses his hearing after suffering mumps as an adult, and his half brother Denis de Sancerrre, a dwarf. We first meet Denis in If Love Dares Enough and he appears briefly in Passion in the Blood and Dance of Love, but readers have been asking for him to feature in a book of his own. My motivation for the themes is personal. I myself suffer from arthritis, my mother was debilitated by macular degeneration, and my grandson Adam is profoundly deaf.