When writing the Faer, I relied upon both traditional Celtic Faery Lore and Native Peoples. Here’s a a link to a good explanation of the traditional view of reality and the social structures based upon it, which I embroidered into the concept, “Vaira.” http://www.firstpeoples.org/how-our-societies-work.htm
I’m neck deep in packing for the Maryland Faerie Festival this weekend, so I’m turning this post over to you. What would you like to read about? Medieval History? Faeries? Corwin-related fiction? First People? Other? Please comment!
Courtly Love, that troubadour concept, plays a role in Murdoch’s Tale, and will play a bigger role in Volume 2, Alana’s Tale and Volume 3. But where did the idea come from? There are theories, of course: a game invented by bored nobles, a response to marriage being a chess game in which the goal … More Courtly Love
Lady Avice de Lancaster appears in Murdoch’s Tale, a minor yet pivotal character. In real life, other than giving birth to a daughter and a son and ruling Lancaster in her own right, I have been hard-pressed to find anything notable that Avice did. Perhaps this is a testament to her skilled governance. After all, … More The Lady of Lancaster
I don’t fault his intelligence. After all, he had a certain genius when it came to financing his hobby, War. … More The Lionheart
The most blood-soaked piece of earth in Britain. The English and the Scots argued over their common border longer than either nation has existed. In AD 122, the Roman emperor Hadrian noted that this 80-mile line in the sand required 10% of his border troops to maintain it against the marauding Scots and Picts. He … More Northumberland