Hello everyone. I am Amanda Mariel and I write historical romance in the Regency, Victorian, and most recently medieval time periods. Before I dive into my post I want to say how thrilled I am to have been invited to join the fabulously talented authors of Embracing Romance. It is such an honor to be here among these authors!
I took great pains deciding what to write this post about. For weeks my mind has conjured then rejected idea after idea. Now the final moment has arrived and I am still not sure what I want to write. LOL. However, as I am out of time, I will go with the topic that is currently at the front of my mind: research.
I do piles of research for every book I write. Everything from clothing and homes to courtship and topography must be researched. My recent endeavor has been to immerse myself in the medieval time period, more specifically in the year 1134 along the English Scottish boarder.
When I started working on my medieval romance I knew only that I wanted it to be set near the border and it had to be during a time of strife between England and Scotland. I started off by looking at maps and then once I had a location (Berwick) I went on to narrow down my date.
Berwick seemed the perfect location for my story as it has great topography for my purposes. The area of England where Berwick is situated boarders the North Sea as well as Scotland. The tweed river cuts across the lush landscape of complex hills, forests, and valleys.
I discovered that the official boarder between England and Scotland was established by the Treaty of York in 1237. However it was the acknowledged boarder long before the treaty came into being. The area has a long history of conflict and was indeed a dangerous place from the days of Roman rule (if not earlier) through the medieval period.
With my location and year locked down as well as a few pages of notes I moved on to research castles, food, clothing, rituals, etc. scribbling notes as I learned more and more about this fascinating area and period of history. After hours of research spread across several days I typed the first line with confidence: “Lady Isabel stood gazing up at castle Almerry, barely visible on the hill.” I am now 2/3 of the way done with Charmed by the Knight and anxious to share it with the world.
I love the medieval period equally as much as I love the Victorian and Regency periods which brings me to my question: What is your favorite time period?