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Medieval Musings: September 21, 2019

"I am trying to pace myself so that I don’t finish the available books in the series too quickly!." - Jana C.

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-Last chance for FREE Prequel to Ashes
is Saint Agnes
Newsletter Format - your thoughts!
-Tidbits & neat facts about me

-History of Merceria: Part IX - Final Installment
-Work in progress update
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When I immigrated to Canada from the UK at the age of six years, I was advanced (skipped) a grade. This turned out to be pretty neat as I graduated high school when I was only 16!

History of Merceria: Part IX - Final Installment!

Hostilities Resume

In 864, General William Baines, serving under King Robert, defeated an invasion attempt by Westland. The two armed meet in the wilderness north of Kingsford, in a decisive battle known as the Battle of the Woods. The fighting was chaotic due to the thick forest, making archers almost useless and relegating the cavalry to reserve status.

The crux of the battle came down to the footmen of both sides, in who fought a day-long battle. The Westland forces were finally defeated when the Mercerian general captured the enemy commander, forcing the surrender of the invading army. Baines negotiated a truce, agreeing to let the Westlanders return home in exchange for a vow to never again return.

By the populace, General Baines was heralded as a great victor, but the king was furious that the enemy was allowed to escape, and in retaliation, he removed the general from his position. Baines spent the rest of his days reliving his glory, becoming a self-declared expert on battle. His accidental victory has had a profound and detrimental effect on future tactics of Merceria.

The final incursion by Westland was in the summer of 916 when they launched a full-out attack on Colbridge. The Duke of Colbridge, using the tactics put forth by General Baines years earlier, suffered a serious battlefield defeat and was barely able to withdraw into the city to defend against a siege. He was killed later that day by a trebuchet bombardment that smashed into his house, destroying all within.

The successful defence of the city was then taken up by Sir Harold of Stilldale, who distinguished himself by counter-attacking at a crucial point. Sir Harold was lauded at court and held in high esteem by King Haran, but refused the honour of a further title. Instead, he returned to his home in Stilldale, where he tutored a young Richard Fitzwilliam.

Subsequent events are detailed in the series Heir to the Crown.

Mmmmmm, Roast Beef!

I have to admit that my absolute favourite meal is roast beef, followed closely by a delicious and hearty stew! Also, like Gerald, I am very partial to sausages, and my third favourite meal is a delicious fry up, which I try to convince Carol to make for dinner as often as I can!

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Who is Saint Agnes

Amongst the six founding members of the church of the saints was only one woman, Agnes. She travelled to the holy city of Herani seeking answers. Some said she fled a loveless marriage, while others claim she lost a child after a difficult pregnancy, but the truth is lost to history.

What is known is that she became quite outspoken about the treatment of women within the walls of the city. When famine struck, she was instrumental in leading a revolt that stormed the high lord's granaries. In order to accomplish this successfully, she gathered an army of women. The palace guards, refusing to kill women, could only watch, helpless as they emptied the granaries to feed the poor.

Jaramel, the High Lord of Herani, ordered her arrest, but when his soldiers arrived, it was the women of the city that once again formed a wall of resistance. Faced with the prospect of arresting them all and angering the commoners, the high lord bowed to the wisdom of his advisors and let them be.

Agnes soon came to be known as someone who would put the welfare of others before her own. When the time came to attempt to negotiate the Great Peace, Mathew was the one who urged the others to accept Agnes into their number. The rest, of course, is history.

This week, I asked the dawgs If I could borrow their giveaway question to ask what you think of my new streamlined format for the newsletters, with fewer graphics, but still all the great articles and a few little tidbits about me sprinkled in.

Daisy & TIlly want me to assure you that there is still a FREE eBook being given away, but this time around please answer the question honestly. Of course, no matter what you answer, you are still entered into the free draw, so it is a win/win for both of us!

Congratulations to Casey T. who won last week's Giveaway, and the answer was Toad in the Hole!

Work in Progress Update

It’s been a slow week, productivity-wise, as I’ve been battling some type of flu bug, but I did manage to get some work done on a new short story, Into the Maelstrom, which I am submitting for inclusion in a Fantasy Anthology.

I’ve already written the first rough draft and outlined a few additions to make. I’m hoping to finish it off soon, perhaps even today ( I just finished it as Carol was editing the newsletter!), though it will need to be edited still. It’s supposed to run only 5,000 to 10,000 words, so that shouldn’t be a problem. If it’s not accepted for the Anthology, I will publish it as a short story, sometime early next year.

In the meantime, work continues on Embers, the second book in The Frozen Flame, as well as adding some details to the outline for Defender of the Crown, the seventh full-length book in the Heir to the Crown series.

So what have I been up to while sick? Mostly either sleeping or catching up on episodes of Agents of Shield on Crave, a Canadian streaming service. Somehow, I’m a whole season behind, so it’s nice to be able to binge-watch the episodes. It makes the plot so much easier to remember.
Of course, I’m back to health now, so I must get back to work.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

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