What does the Regency period in English history have in common with the English medieval period? Absolutely nothing. Except that I write in both genres, and I love them both. In the Regency period, manners make the man and the woman, and in my Regency fiction, I love seeing how far my characters can push against the edges of those rules without making them give.
Catherine Middlebrook in HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOT wears bonnets and gloves, and keeps her pretty curls tucked neatly away. She speaks modestly and maintains her decorum until she meets the Waters family, and learns the meaning of passion from the handsome Alexander, and the joy of throwing knives from his sister, Mary Elizabeth.
Now, in the medieval period, manners were not considered particularly important. In the lives of kings and queens, politics ruled every waking moment. The personal really was political, when people like Eleanor of Aquitaine spent their lives manipulating their family members to gain political power, as in my novel THE QUEEN'S PAWN. In the medieval period, no one cared which fork you used, because everybody ate with dinner daggers.
In my latest medieval fantasy, DRAGON FIRE, people eat with dinner daggers and spend time in the forest, hunting deer for the table. In the early 1100's, the Norman French had southern England in a stranglehold and looked at Wales and Scotland as their next conquests. In DRAGON FIRE, my Welsh protagonist Mati finds herself torn between the English boy she was raised with and the Welsh lord who is her betrothed husband. She loves them both, and against the back drop of political tension between the Princes of Powys and the Norman overlords of England, Mati fights her own heart in the effort to chose between them.
DRAGON FIRE is part of the larger world of Kathryn Le Veque's wildly popular De Wolfe series.The De Wolfe Kindle World is launching on October 29th, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.
Whether they live in 1105 or 1820, the strong women of my novels almost always carry a blade. Strong women kicking #*% and taking names for over 800 years.