state of the brain

February 13, 2020

I’ve been working on copyedits and promotions for this year’s book releases, and I feel like I’ve forgotten how to do all this stuff, since at this time last year I didn’t actually have anything scheduled for release. Like, at all. And now I do. Guess I still know how to hustle?

Anyway, y’all are going to have to help me get the word out on The Immortal Conquistador, The Ghosts of Sherwood, and all that good stuff.

It’s fine, it’s all going to be fine.

Whew.

One of the side-effects of going over edits on the Sherwood stories (The Locksley Chronicles, I think we’re going to call them, and oh my gosh doesn’t that sound so lovely? It’s like I’ll have to write more or something), is my Robin Hood obsession, which had abated somewhat toward the end of the year as I dived into my Neolithic story, has returned with a vengeance and I’m once again reading books on 12th and 13th century English history and debating whether I should binge all of Robin of Sherwood again.

Henry III at age 13 is one of the characters in The Heirs of Locksley, and he’s just fascinating. He was by all accounts a fairly decent human being, which can’t actually be said about many English kings of the period. He’s the only Norman/Plantagenet ruler who might even be said to be nice.

But he was a really terrible godawful politician and administrator. But if he had been any better at being king, England might have turned out very differently. I mean, he was so bad, all the other English nobles got together and created Parliament. I’m not sure he gets enough credit for being, you know, that incompetent.

All this happened much later than any of the stories I want to write about him, but in writing about teenage King Henry, I can’t help but wonder about him and the formative events that made him such a contradiction.

 

One Response to “state of the brain”

  1. howardbrazee Says:

    I guess he’s one of the examples of being bad enough that the country is better off.


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