I only very recently discovered Pepper Winters’ Oh so erotic and Oh so dark fiction. However, I am totally hooked on her. Here is the first chapter of her new book.
I love this blog!! Here’s another great post. Enjoy,
Originally posted on The Freelance History Writer:
By the time of reign of King Edward III of England, some of the Angevin Empire had been lost. Edward still retained the Duchy of Aquitaine, the legacy of Eleanor of Aquitaine, wife of King Henry II. Edward held the duchy as a vassal of the French King Philip VI. When he did not fulfill his duties as vassal, Philip seized the valuable asset, rightly angering Edward. In 1340, Edward declared himself King of France, citing his mother Isabella of France’s birthright as the daughter of King Philip IV. Thus began the Hundred Years War which lasted from 1337-1453 between the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of France and their various allies.
In the beginning, Edward and his eldest son, Edward the Black Prince were successful in battle at Crécy in 1346 and Calais in 1347. Along with these battles, Castilian ships from Spain were fighting against England as allies or mercenaries of France. This included piracy between trading ships. In 1350, a Castilian merchant fleet, under the command of Don Carlos de la Cerda was loading cargo in Flanders to be carried to the Basque coast. De la Cerda was a soldier of fortune with connections to the Castilian royal family. On one of the fleet’s journeys to Flanders, accompanied by warships and armed, they captured several English ships and threw the crews overboard. These piratical incidences were very common back then. By early August, Edward received news that forty Castilian ships had gathered at Sluys and there were plans to attack England.
The years teach much which the days never knew. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
~ T.S. Eliot, 1943
*The photo of Stonehenge was taken by me on my first trip to England in 1985 with my Olympus OM1.
Nicola de la Haye popped up on a thread in Facebook. It had been long time since I have read about her. I can’t remember when or where. Then I found this great blog post. I just had to share
I loved this post so much that I just had to share it with you.
Originally posted on M.M. Bennetts:
I’ve been giving a great deal of thought to the historical PR that dominated the latter half of the twentieth century recently. In particular, the carefully fostered impression that the US and the UK were centuries’ long allies with a ‘special relationship’ and all that–a mindset that was, of course, born out of the vicissitudes of two World Wars…
It’s a thing I think about a great deal, actually. Because the research I’ve been doing over the last two to three years has taught me that 200 years ago, the opposite was true.
And this makes things–all kinds of things–a bit tricky, because whilst I write historical fiction and very much appreciate my American readership, I do try to mirror the attitudes and mores of those who lived in the Napoleonic period as closely as I can. And a great many of those attitudes and mores are simply not what my contemporary readers might expect or even approve of…
This is a brilliant post! I can’t recommend it enough for writer, bloggers, artists and all members of humanity!
“The pieces I have written that have gotten the biggest response from readers have always been the ones where I didn’t shy away from my experience as a fellow human on this planet.”
Originally posted on The Musings & Artful Blunders of Scott D. Southard:
The funny thing is you see this a lot around the newly published, both self-published and professionally published. Did I say “a lot” in that last sentence? Good, because I meant to say “a lot.” And usually on these newly minted blogs there will be a few posts about their book, their experience writing it, and a few helpful suggestions and then… nothing. The internet is littered with the remains of these kinds of websites, something akin to a field after a rock concert. The party is done, but no one bothered to clean up the mess from the show.
Frankly, what the beginning blogger doesn’t realize is that it takes guts and stamina to write a true blog and to build a readership for it. A blog is more than a marketing tool, it is a new writing platform (and in my opinion could become its own powerful writing medium right alongside writing for plays, books, television, etc.), and if you don’t see it as such, you won’t be able to use it to its full potential. Yes, you can fill it up with advice and your opinion, but for people to come back again and again, there has to be something in your blog that is not available anywhere else on the internet…