I can only do a short blog because I'm rushing to finish off An Unlikely Countess before leaving for a month in North America next Wednesday. My first stop will be the new readers' conference, RomCon, in Denver. If you're in the area you may want to check out the events. There are day tickets and a book signing.
At the end of the month I'll be at RWA in Orlando, or to be more precise, Disneyworld. 🙂 There's a big signing there, too. In the middle of my trip I'll be blogging from Toronto, so who knows what I'll have to share?
I'm constantly amazed at the programs on BBC Radio 4. This morning a caught a bit about the Anglo-Saxon ruler, Athelstan, and just now, something about Caravaggio. Excuse to share the almost naked young Sean Bean from our infamous "naked blog" a few years back. It's from a film about the artist.
You can see them here on the BBC web site, but here's one line drawings This is the queen. The website says she looks worried about the weather, but to me that's the precise pose of a woman seeing a disaster. We see it again and again in pictures of warzones, natural disasters and such. I don't know why we do it, but it seems universal. That's an example of how the chess pieces capture humanity.
I first really paid attention to them when I was writing Lord of My Heart, my first medieval, where the hero is torn between Norman and English heritage. The Lewis Chessmen seemed to say a lot about the culture of the time, and especially war. That's the original cover.
You can listen to the 15 minute segment on the Lewis Chessmen at the above page, or read the transcript here. There's a lot of interesting information about chess around the world, including changes in the queen.
You can listen to, or download, back segments. If you do, please comment below on any you find particularly interesting.
You could also look at the items shared by the public. Click here. Do you have anything you'd share as reflecting a moment in time?
I hope you're having a wonderful summer. Here's a picture of a 16th century in Barnard Castle, a town in County Durham. (Not Durham County. One of those English oddities!) We visited friends there recently, and also checked out Darlington and Northallerton, which play a part in An Unlikely Countess.