I’ve discovered some coincidences between my first novel and the life of William Longespee that are rather intriguing.
It has to do with the fact that William Longespee was a patron of the arts and an avid reader who may have commissioned a French translation of the works of Aesop.
However, I will hold to my promise not to promote my work on this blog so I will not mention how this relates to my novel. Perhaps in the future I’ll talk more openly about this when I am no longer in a position for these revelations to bias my chances as an author one way or another.
On a side note, the curiosity to see if I’m at all competent with a sword in this life has got me seriously looking into fencing classes through my university. The fencing technique is more a rapier technique, but unfortunately I don’t know of very many places that still teach 12th century longsword technique!
Still waiting on a few things before it’s a go, but I’m looking hard at doing this.