Dear all – rather than a post, today I’m writing to ask for your ideas. In late 2022, I completed a novel for my two grandsons (I now have three!). As I’ve mentioned before, that novel is called The Magical Tree: A Tate and Theo Adventure.
And now it’s time for another adventure. I consulted with the boys – the newest one is too young to have an opinion – and they came up with two ideas. The older one wanted a novel set during WWII; the younger one preferred something with “knights and castles”. Such diversity!
Knights and castles has now been confirmed, and I’ve chosen Henry VII’s reign for the setting. As those who follow this blog know, the time periods of my novels have been much more recent than the 16th century. So, here’s my request:
- do you have any favourite novels from that era?
- do you have any suggestions for research sources?
- where might I find details about a knight’s training?
- why might a young boy become a ward of someone in the nobility?
- how was warfare waged in that time period?
- how were young boys trained and educated?
Beyond that, all ideas welcome!
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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel is THE ADMIRAL’S WIFE, a dual timeline set in Hong Kong. Mary’s other novels, PARIS IN RUINS, TIME AND REGRET, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from Amazon, Nook, Kobo, Google Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com.