Re: historical novels
- --- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, "Mary" <cmmom@...> wrote:
>great ideas. Yea! Should keep me occupied for awhile.
> I was the original poster asking for suggestions. What a lot of
I have a good rule of thumb that I use when browsing a bookstore or
library - The Random Paragraph Test. Say a title or cover illustration
catches your eye enough to make you pick up the book. Open the book
somewhere in the middle and start reading. Does this random tidbit
make you want to read more or not? It's no guarantee of anything, but
it doesn't hurt, and it might help you decide whether you want to buy
or borrow it in the first place.
Jehanne de Wodeford
- I loved "Ruled Britania" by Harry Turtledove. It's an alternate
history (what if the Spanish Armada really did invade?), yes, but the
texture, description and usage of Elizabethan English is fantastic.
- --- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, "fiscabana@..." <fiscabana@...>
> Being of a Saxon bent, I'm always looking for good novels set in Saxon
> Anyone know any others that are good?While not specifically Saxon, _Storyteller_ by G.R. Grove (a local SCA
> Hrothgar Fiscabana
Laurel, but not me ;-) is just out, and very well researched. It's
set in Dark Ages Britain, and is the first of a new series. I enjoyed
it very much.
It's currently available via lulu.com, but I understand that Amazon
will be carrying it in a month or so. (The author had a small stack
of copies along at local 12th Night, and promptly sold out.)
There's also a free download of the first chapter, for those who'd
like to sample.
- --- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, julian wilson <smnco37@...>
>17th Century, in which the principal Character is said to be a
> Historical Novels
> While on this subject, does anyone know of a novel set in the
modern Historian specialising in the Period around the English
Restoration, who goes to sleep one night in the 20th Century, and
then wakes-up to find himself back in the 17th Century, in
someone'else's body, but with full memory of his 20th CXentury life
and the 17th C. History he's studied?
> in "old" Jersey
I believe the book you are referring to is titled "The Devil in
Velvet". John Dickson Carr wrote it. In it, there is a history
professor who goes back to 17th Century England to solve the
mysterious death of a woman, a death that has maddingly (for him)
little written about it. The professor in this book sells his soul
to the devil in order to make the trip. As I remember, he arranged
to be placed in the body of the woman's husband, Sir Somebody. It's
been 30 years though since I read it, so the details are kinda'
- Elspet Byndelase <elspet@...> who wrote:
I believe the book you are referring to is titled "The Devil in Velvet". John Dickson Carr wrote it.
In it, there is a history professor who goes back to 17th Century England to solve the mysterious death of a woman, a death that has maddingly (for him) little written about it. The professor in this book sells his soul to the devil in order to make the trip. As I remember, he arranged to be placed in the body of the woman's husband, Sir Somebody. It's been 30 years though since I read it, so the details are kinda' foggy.
MANY THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO'VE REPLIED WITH HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS, AND PARTICULARLY Elspet- [sorry, hit the CAPS key by mistake] .
And thanks, Elspet, for reminding me of this Author, - and all his other Historical Novels. I shall now indulge myself in a buying session to obtain as many as I can find of his Historical tales in "used" Editions of each.
Considering the "First Pub'n. Date" of 1951 for the "Devil In Velvet" Story, - I must have read one of the first Editions - borrowed from the excellent Public Library in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK [the Seaside town where I was born, raised, and did my primary and High School education],
The Borough's Libraries - the Branch Lib. at Leigh-on-Sea, - the Central Lib. at Southend Victoria Circus; - and in a REAL: 15th-Century fortified Manor House at Southchurch Branch Lib [now a Museum] - absorbed me for many happy hours back then.
in "old" Jersey
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