I spent the autumn dipping into Peter Ackroyd's 'The History of England pt 1'. Apart from quickly realising that I would never ever want the job of king of England, I became intrigued by the number of women that flirted on the edge of disaster but somehow managed to stay alive when their husbands and sons met with grim fates. I have recently written three historical romances for teens set in the Tudor period; the logic of that genre is you 'stop the clock' when the story reaches the happy ever after for the couple. A few storm clouds may be threatening but at heart it is an optimistic genre. In the historical record, lives are left running into decline and fall. Some fall spectacularly but there are those, tucked away in the margins, who cling on to something like contentment, if not happiness. In what looks like a tough year for all ahead, I am dedicating this post to those survivors.
|Adeliza of Louvain
I'd love to hear about your favourite survivors. Please do leave suggestions for a top ten which I will post on the History Girls site next time.
Happy New Year!
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