A new blog, and very old clothes

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Look at me, with a blog! All experts agree I need a blog, to promote book sales. Problem is, here’s my novel, at the moment:

Nine chapters in…

Actually, that’s my third full-length historical romance novel. Fourth, if you were to count my first effort, which I do not.

The last two novels are out a-querying right now. (Call me!)

I’m intrigued, intimidated, and confused by the whole “sales” prospect. But whether I ever sell any of these books or not, I’m enjoying writing them. For three main reasons:

  1. I love romance novels. It’s fun to get to make up my own. And since I get so very little romance in real life, this is a nice creative outlet.
  2. I’m a history enthusiast, especially medieval. Having a writing project gives me an excuse to research all sorts of random things, and buy loads of books I otherwise couldn’t justify to my conscience.
  3. I always liked school, and learning how to write *correctly* has been, and continues to be, so much fun. There are a ton of free and cheap writing lessons to be had, and I’m taking advantage of as many as I can.

So, even though I can’t post any Amazon links (yet), there are three things I might like to blog about. And I feel I should. I’ve never had a blog. It’s time I caught up to the way people communicate in the 1990’s.

Under topic #2, I want to share a book that’s got me all geek-stoked this week: Medieval Dress & Fashion, by Margaret Scott.

Writing in any detail about life in medieval Europe is hard. I’m told there are guidebooks for the Regency and Victorian eras, like specialized encyclopedias that authors can reference to answer pretty much every day-to-day question that comes up. If such a thing exists for the Carolingian era, I’ve yet to find it.

Clothing is an especially hard topic for an amateur like me, especially women’s clothing. Very little of it survives today, and most of the pictures from the period were drawn by monks, who weren’t experts in women’s clothing, one hopes.

So I am loving this book. Margaret Scott is an expert dress historian, and she’s packed every page with information, huge detail pictures, and fascinating tidbits. For example, apparently a French count started the pointy-shoe craze in an attempt to hide his bunions.

The pictures and accompanying explanations are great:

Fashion for every season in the 13th century.

I love this lady, possibly a queen:

“She offers proof that fashion has nothing to do with being practical.”

She does not look dressed for a day of hunting. And that dog looks pissed. I don’t know why she’s poking it with a stick.

If you know of any other awesome early medieval style books, please let me know.

Thank you for reading!

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