Courtly Love

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

Northumberland

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