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Tara Lynn
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Post by Tara Lynn » Wed October 24th, 2012, 7:27 pm

Hello Everyone!

I've enjoyed reading this history forum these past few weeks and decided to join in!

My main historic interest is European history; especially the Renaissance. I'm currently "plodding" through writing a historical romance novel from the Elizabethan era. I admit, I love historic research and could happily do that all day but need writing discipline too! I have a real appreciation of the tremendously hard work it takes to finish a manuscript.

As I write my story, I have historic questions that have stumped me along the way. It would be great to be able to post research questions here, especially about Dutch and British history. These are two countries I've always been fascinated about.

My earliest memory about enjoying history is when I first saw the BBC production of "Elizabeth R" with Glenda Jackson. I was thirteen years old and my parents were amused how riveted I was to the television screen. The setting, the costumes, the language. I always find it fascinating how people who love history are instinctively draw to certain time periods and just know it will become a passion of theirs and why. I loved the stories of the rising middle class, the arts and the merchant and Anglican history.

It was the same with Dutch history. I saw a television series of "William of Orange" and was amazed how tremendously hard and courageous the Dutch were to fight for their independence. I've always been fascinated by their merchant and maritime history too.

Okay, I better end here before this becomes another novel!

Have a great day! Tara :)
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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Thu October 25th, 2012, 12:24 am

Welcome, Tara. I share your interests. (Of course, I'm a renaissance re-enactor, so I'm probably more addled than most.) Ren Faires are invariably set in England, so I know it well (I do know of one very small one that's set in Tuscany, with Cosimo de Medici, et al for court) but my favorite settings are Spain, Peru, Italy, Venice, and all along the trade routes.

Have you read Legacy by Susan Kay? Quite the best Elizabeth I novel out there IMHO.

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Post by Misfit » Thu October 25th, 2012, 1:45 am

Hi Tara, welcome. I second MLE's rec on Legacy. Awesome reading.
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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Thu October 25th, 2012, 9:22 am

Welcome to the forum, Tara. Where are you from/based?

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Vanessa
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Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
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Post by Vanessa » Thu October 25th, 2012, 9:33 am

Welcome, Tara! I hope you enjoy it here.
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Post by Madeleine » Thu October 25th, 2012, 10:09 am

Hi Tara and welcome. Have fun here, and good luck with your book.
Currently reading: "The Light within Us" by Charlotte Betts

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Post by donroc » Thu October 25th, 2012, 12:26 pm

Welcome, Tara, and enjoy.
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Bodo the Apostate, a novel set during the reign of Louis the Pious and end of the Carolingian Empire.

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Post by fljustice » Thu October 25th, 2012, 3:24 pm

Welcome, Tara. Enjoy the forum and good luck with your book!
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Post by Tara Lynn » Thu October 25th, 2012, 6:01 pm

Hi Everyone!

Thank you for the nice welcome! :)

Hi, SweetPotatoBoy!

Right now, I'm located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I say "right now" since I travel a lot for work and have enjoyed living in Boston, San Francisco and and Rochester, NY. I was born a Massachusetts "Yankee Girl" and would love to visit New England again.

Hi, MLE!

Love your Renaissance costume! When I lived in the SF Bay Area, my aunt was a wonderful seamstress and made costumes for my cousins and I for the Renaissance Faire. I think the Faire was in the town of Novato? It is so much fun to dress up. Wow! I had no idea there were so many settings. Thank you for telling me about all these other great locations for the Faires. I would LOVE to attend one in England and Italy.

Also, thank you and Misfit for the new book recommendation for Legacy. I'm amazed I have never heard of the book. Probably, because I'm a big non-fiction reader and if I do read fiction it's usually historical---but how did this one escape me? I will have to download a copy of it to my Nook and read it soon.

Fljustice and Madeleine! Thank you for the book writing encouragement. Honestly, I appreciate having a cheering section to keep me motivated and writing!

Donroc and Vanessa! Thank you! I think I will enjoy it here. I've noticed all these great Avatars people have and I've got to find one too.

Now it's time to feed two very hungry parrots!

Look forward to meeting everyone on the forums!

Tara :)

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Thu October 25th, 2012, 7:11 pm

[quote=""Tara Lynn""]Hi Everyone!
I think the Faire was in the town of Novato? It is so much fun to dress up. Wow! I had no idea there were so many settings. Thank you for telling me about all these other great locations for the Faires. I would LOVE to attend one in England and Italy.
:) [/quote]

My bad -- all those other settings (excepting the little Tuscany one) are for novels I like, not faires. Faires are invariably England. Ho hum.

The Novato Faire, which went by the name of 'Northern', went defunct 15 years ago when they lost their site to a housing tract. Same corporation now puts on a faire at Casa de Fruta, below Gilroy. But my guild avoids that one--too commercial.

At last count, Northern California had 26 one-weekend renaissance faires, (except Valhalla at Tahoe, which goes for two weekends). There's a bunch more in SoCal, Oregon, and Washington. My guild, Castlewood, picks 5 each year to do set-up (all the props) plus different members will do 'walkabout' at other faires as guests of other guilds.

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