Sunday, 10 March 2013

Settling your differences- the old fashioned way

"Yesterday a very hard battle was fought in a field at the back of Lord's Cricket Ground, Marylebone, between a private belonging to a recruiting party of Dragoons, and a groom of the name of Harrowby, who had enlisted the previous day. The battle lasted three quarters of an hour during which time the Dragoon, who was the weaker man, displayed a superior scientific knowledge of the art, while the groom displayed more courage than skill. He received a very desperate blow on the right temple, which concluded the fight, and he was for many minutes supposed to be dead." The Sun, July 18th 1804

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Welcome to one of the blogs of Katherine F White, optimistic author of several as yet unpublished historical romances, one of which is with a publisher as we speak! I also write as Elizabeth Keysian and under this guise reached the quarter finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award with my first medieval romance, "My Lady's Favour". My prize was a review by Publisher's Weekly, which reads as follows-

"Although betrothed to Gilbert de Waltham when Elena of Bucknell falls into the arms of Richard of St Aubyn, she loses her heart to him. Richard, rumored to be the unluckiest knight in Christendom, is also the handsome nephew of her guardian Baron Humphrey. The story of two suitors vying for one lady’s favor takes place amid a rich back drop of 14th-century England in the time of Edward III leading up to the Hundred Years War. Castle life, with its jealousy, jousts, French invasions, and a knight’s quest for nobility, along with dozens of historically interesting details, combine to recreate a time when religion was not always more powerful than folk magic and marriage for love was a new, untrustworthy ideal. The time period is brought to life, but the level of sensuality in this romance is mild."

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