Highlighting Historical Romance with Sherry Ewing who tells us how she stumbled onto Dover Castle.
While doing research for my novella To Love A Scottish Laird that releases today, I went back in time to the years of Henry, the Duke of Normandy who married Eleanor of Aquitaine, and who would take the throne of England in 1153. I found myself in Dover.
You may ask why I chose this time in history when I first began my medieval/time travel series and my only answer could be when I stumbled across Dover Castle on the Internet. I became fascinating with the history of the time period and the castle itself. Situated above the White Cliffs of Dover, the castle’s position had strategic importance. It was also the shortest distance by sea between England and the Continent
My research suggested the site goes back to the Iron Age when the Romans built a lighthouse in AD 43. There was also an Anglo-Saxon church built beside the lighthouse most likely from a Saxon settlement. William the Conqueror also strengthened the defenses with an earthwork and timber-stockade castle after his victory at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. From this point forward, Dover Castle was garrisoned without interruption until 1958.
Henry II began remodeling the castle and developing plans for the tower in 1180. Three stories high, the topmost floor was to be the state apartments for the king. The keep was to be a showpiece where the he could entertain and impress distinguished visitors to England.
Although To Love A Scottish Laird begins in 1152, I thought it would be interesting to have my character’s leaving from Dover as they made their way to France to attend the celebration of Henry and Eleanor’s marriage. I also added a scene where Henry is telling Eleanor of his plans for Dover.
About the Book
Sometimes you really can fall in love at first sight…
Lady Catherine de Wolfe knows she must find a husband before her brother chooses one for her. A tournament to celebrate the wedding of the Duke of Normandy might be her answer. She does not expect to fall for a man after just one touch.
Laird Douglas MacLaren of Berwyck is invited to the tournament by the Duke of Normandy. He goes to ensure Berwyck’s safety once Henry takes the throne. He does not expect to become entranced by a woman who bumps into him.
Yet, nothing is ever quite that simple. Not everyone is happy with the union of this English lady and a Scottish laird. From the shores of France, to Berwyck Castle on the border between their countries, Douglas and Catherine must find their way to protect their newfound love.
About the Author
Sherry Ewing picked up her first historical romance when she was a teenager and has been hooked ever since. A bestselling author, she writes historical and time travel romances to awaken the soul one heart at a time. When not writing, she can be found in the San Francisco area at her day job as an Information Technology Specialist.
Website & Books: www.SherryEwing.com
Bluestocking Belles: http://bluestockingbelles.net/
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