The Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction

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The Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction: Researching and Writing Historical Fiction

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The Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction: Researching and Writing Historical Fiction

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Indeed, there are English pubs that once served to remind women about what could happen if they forgot to bridle their tongues. Named as Quiet Woman or Silent Woman, the pubs often brandish a couplet, a couplet that seems related to Anne Boleyn:. With silence a matter of life or death, it is not surprising the Tudor period left women historically voiceless. Their stories often erased, their portraits identified as unknown , the lives of women were also left little more than a footnote to, if not just only filtered, through the lives of men Kon-yu I argue that while his tory does provide documentary evidence for the voices of Tudor women, especially those in the foreground of history, these voices, in most instances, are of the silenced.

Writing was an uncommon skill of noble women and men Harris 35 , yet three or more of the women I am using as characters in my work historically came together to write in what is now known as the Devonshire Manuscript. In this small manuscript, the women copied poems or songs, or sometimes wrote their own works.

Adding their voices alongside men, they did not lack courage to speak up to them Heale Nevertheless, Tudor women were not brought up to see themselves as equal to men Sim She did not hide her distress about his unfaithfulness in the early years of their marriage or when he made a duke of his bastard son, but the distress was soon put aside in compliance to his wishes and desires. Katherine lived up to her motto: Humble and Loyal , and spent many years of her marriage being so.

by Thom, James Alexander

Anne Boleyn was less humble. This twenty years or more I have been your true wife, and by me ye had had divers children, although it hath pleased God to call them from this world…And when you had me at the first, I take God to be my judge, I was a true maid, without touch of man Sylvester, Harding et al.

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Through similar, but more liberated life experience, I recognised women carefully weighing up their words, making them palpable and acceptable to men. What is hidden in the voices of Tudor women is revealed to the astute reader by the eluded and alluded Arnold Contradictions and erasures also provide evidence of disjointed or incomplete narratives McNay Enabling these voices is what I see as my duty as a historical fiction writer. The silence imposed on Tudor women demand advocacy and stories from me. I shall let my imagined Anne begin this section:.

For years, the king valued and sought for my counsel, but no more. He desires my silence, but how I can be so when I have spent years being otherwise? Perhaps this explains why I and at least fifteen other writers have been drawn to her story de Groot He gave great tips for it. On the other hand, he spoke about himself and his own interests too much. That's perfect for a different kind of book, but not for guidebooks like this. Thom writes American historical fiction. Great for him.

But he needed to also There were many things I liked about this book, but a couple of things that weren't great. Also, while he gave a huge wealth of tips for research, he needed to give better advice on actually writing. He said, description is very important, but didn't give many tips on how to do that, at least, not nearly as many as he did with research.