Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Writing About The 17th Century



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’ Barbara, 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 cobbles jostle side by side and sedan chairs rush to and fro carrying men in long bottomed wigs, wearing knee length coats, stockings and high heeled shoes.

The 17th Century tends 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 with Alison’s idea and explore resources to lift reader interest in this period.

Watch this space.

5 comments:

Marg said...

I've posted about your new blog at Historical Tapestry! Anita, feel free to mention it at HFOnline!

I can't wait to see what you all come up with!

V. L. Smith said...

Beautiful website! Well Done!

Vicki

Phyllis Campbell said...

I don't mind reading about the 17th Century, but I don't consider myself anywhere qualified to write it. Gives me the shivers just thinking about everything I'd have to know. I love the pic, though!

~Phyllis~

Amanda said...

Beautiful website! Looking forward to keeping up with it!

Anne Whitfield - author said...

I'll be a frequent visitor!

Well done ladies for bringing this era to people's attention!