Why historical romance?
What got me interested in writing historical romance was reading history – mostly historical novels, some of which were romances and some weren’t. It started out with children’s books, especially those written for older children or young adults.
One of my much-loved authors during childhood was Rosemary Sutcliff. Some favorite books by Sutcliff were The Eagle of the Ninth (the movie The Eagle, which came out in 2011, was based on this book), The Silver Branch, and The Lantern Bearers. These stories all take place in Roman Britain. I adore these books. They bring those long ago times to vivid life.
Another favorite children’s book–which I read as an adult–is The Ramsay Scallop by Frances Temple. It takes place in the late 13th century during a pilgrimage, and is about a young betrothed couple getting to know and appreciate one another. It’s a moving story with lots of wonderful historical color.
Moving forward to the 16th century, another wonderful story by Rosemary Sutcliff is The Armourer’s House, which takes place in Tudor London. There’s a romantic aspect to this story which is very sweet.
Also in Tudor times, The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope is a fantasy in which Princess Elizabeth features as a secondary character.
Another children’s book which I read as an adult is Hobberdy Dick by Katharine Briggs, which takes place in England during the time of Oliver Cromwell. One of the main characters is a hobgoblin, but this doesn’t detract from the very real portrait of those troubled times. (I have a great fondness for fairy folk in historicals. I have even written a few into my own stories!)
How about you? What led you to read (or write) historical romance? Tell us about your favorites.
As for the trivia question, in what century does The Ramsay Scallop take place?