Writing is like wandering round a Medieval Fair
Writing is a bit like wandering round a medieval fair. You see lots of things, taste different foods, beers and wines, watch street entertainers, study how potters, stone masons and other craftsmen plied their trades with the tools of the times. However, you never come to a clear conclusion because something is always there niggling at the back of your mind – this might look medieval, feel medieval but its the 21st century. The streets are clean, people are clean (except for the makeup) no filth underfoot or nasty smells, so applying your mind back to the times attitudes and general situations of those day s is no easy matter you have to work at it, and that’s how it is with writing.
We tend to forget how different life was in those times, how dirty, smelly, unhygienic villages and towns were. The fact that life was cheap and the barbaric way justice was meted out tends to be compared with our times. So there is a tendency to introduce a small touch of modern-day attitudes towards things. I am not saying that hygiene was not understood, just that most writers don’t go there because it can be a minefield. There were people who understood the connection of being clean and fairly healthy but they were often classed as witches and bad omens. So when writing Clearing in the Forest I decided to combine a little common sense with history and magic.
Clearing in the Forest is a fantasy story for children of all ages. My schooldays history didn’t cover the reign of King John, but we knew about the jewels in the Wash and how he upset the Barons thus leading to the signing of the Magna Carta. So I thought it time to bring his reign into focus with the help of children, magic, demons, baddies and battles plus a bit of English history. Mind you spells play a good part in there and explain how England has stayed safe – so far.
(c) M.D.Bosc Author