We don't do the "W" word in this book. Medieval misconceptions must stop.
Well, it's fair to say that different people have different ideas about medieval women, which is why I really have made it my mission to educate and entertain while I'm doing it. The first proposed online write up hit my inbox and it was so far removed from the actual medieval world, it just reinforced why I do what I do. People need educating.
I think it's fair to say that people often don't know what to expect when they turn up for one of my Very Secret Sex Lives Of Medieval Women talks, but sometimes the enormity of the misconceptions astound me. I was not the least bit amused that the publishing team thought this book was going to be a 50 Shades of Grey type book. No. It is not. I could write one, but seriously, this is a different kind of book altogether.
Medieval sex covers a lot of things. Having it. Not having it. Chastity, rape, forced marriages well before puberty, women who were forced to abort, sex workers, lesbians, nuns and every woman in between. There's a lot to giggle at but there's a hell of a lot which is no laughing matter. Some of the laughter is outright what-the-hell-were-they-thinking. Mostly the men. Okay, religious men. You'll see what I mean.
I really need some sleep. Editing and getting thoughts back from my beta testers is tiring work. I have one female medieval tester who is a medieval author herself, one male medieval tester who is a long standing re-enactor and history buff and one male non-medieval tester who comes from the world of science and medicine to see if it's interesting enough for general public to read as well as those of us who have a passion. Word on the street, well, the word from the three beta testers, is that it's funny and informative, which is what I was going with.
Getting the right amount of balance with my sense of humour and being respectful about the actual women whose lives I am talking about is needed. I want their voices to be heard. They may have suffered and celebrated hundreds of years ago, but we can give them a little love in the here and now.
I've teamed up with Neda Lundy from the wonderful team at Four Horsemen Festival Photos to do an evening photo shoot with some lovely medieval re-enactor ladies with scenes from the book. Things which will hint that there's something going on but don't give everything away! It will be so much fun and we are all looking forward to it. We will be serving medieval food and champagne to celebrate while we do them!
Tania Crossingham from Tania Crossingham's School of Illumination has made something beautiful for me! It's with the publisher now and hopefully the team will love it as much as I do and feel it fits their vision for my book! It is absolutely my vision. I would like this for the front cover! Many of you will recognise the image but this version has the colours and fabrics I will be using in future projects. I am totally in love with this picture and I can't recommend Tania's work enough! It's the little pic I'm using on the banner of this page. It's from the Manesse Codex, only with fabrics and coverlet and colours of my choosing to match projects I have on the go!
The link to see it being made and the final art is here: https://www.facebook.com/illumination.artist/videos/vb.308204176055016/389352461983780/?type=2&theater
So very, very excited to have Tania Crossingham Illuminated Manuscripts making something beautiful for me! I'm hoping it will be used on my new book cover! I love her work so much! Check out her work here!
I'm now on Twitter! (actually it's not about me, I needed to follow a wonderful composer friend who does excting things). I'm new to it and I don't know that I'll use it much, but if you're a twit, I'm @medievalrosalie
It's going to be a book! I am so excited!
Why stop at coming to a talk when you can read the very hilariously extended book version! The amazing people at Mango Publishing are making this real. Please do the happy dance with me! Squeee! It's not out yet. I will post up details when I have them. I've long thought about doing a publication and quite a few people have suggested it, so this is something that has been in the back of my head for quite some time. I'm delighted to announce that it is happening!