Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Who Writes 17th Century Fiction?

Author Alison Stuart, award winning author of 'By The Sword' e-mailed me recently asking if there was a way authors who write in this era find the 17th Century is largely overlooked?

Living in my head most of the time I found this surprising. I mean doesn’t everyone know about the ‘Merry Monarch’ Lady castlemaine, Nell Gwynn and his other mistresses? Isn't everyone aware of The Plague, followed the year after by the Great Fire of London that burned for three days? Doesn’t everyone visualise ‘Olde London’ as a maze of narrow, crooked streets where timbered houses overhanging the cobblesjostle side by side and sedan chairs rush to and fro carrying men in long bottomed wigs and knee length coats in stockings and high heeled shoes.

Has no one read 'Forever Amber'?

No? Well, what can we do about that then?

I have noticed that the 17th Century does tend to be lumped between ‘Medieval’ and ‘Early Modern History’, when really it’s neither. So maybe we can bring new light to this fascinating period in English and European History. [No, I am not European, I’m English]

Alison’s idea is a great one and I am totally up for her idea of exploring a pool of resources to lift reader interest in this period.

I made a start by adding Sandra Gulland and Holly Tucker’s Blogs to my blogroll.

Watch this space.

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