10 February 2013

Hearts Through History Hop 10th - 16th

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Welcome to the Hearts through History Hop. 

This is probably the oldest surviving Valentine's letter in the English language. It was written by Margery Brews to her fiancé John Paston in February 1477. Describing John as her 'right well-beloved valentine', she tells him she is 'not in good health of body nor of heart, nor shall I be till I hear from you.' She explains that her mother had tried to persuade her father to increase her dowry - so far unsuccessfully. However, she says, if John loves her he will marry her anyway: 'But if you love me, as I trust verily that you do, you will not leave me therefore.' There was a happy ending to the story, as the couple would eventually marry.

The letter comes from one of the largest collections of 15th century English private correspondence, known as the Paston letters. The collection offers a unique glimpse in to the personal lives of the Paston family from Norfolk - the family name comes from a Norfolk village about twenty miles north of Norwich. The Pastons had risen from peasantry to aristocracy in just a few generations: the first member of the family about whom anything is known was Clement Paston (d. 1419), a peasant, who gave an excellent education to his son William, enabling him to study law. John and Margery's son, William, would become a prominent figure at the court of King Henry VIII.

While my Regency romance, Vidal's Honor, is not set in Norfolk, its opening scene is based on historical fact.
The Battle of Salamanca -part of the then Earl of Wellington's (later to become the famous Duke of Wellington) Peninsula campaign, took place in Spain in July 1812, and while my historical heart throb, Charles Vidal is not present in the first scene, he is definitely one of the strong silent and detirmined heros of the time.
For him it is a 2nd chance to win the love of his life.  But circumstances are against him.
Betrayal, espionage, and mistrust abound and it hard for him to know who his eneies are.  Could it be possible that the only woman he's loved betrayed his best friend?
He soon discovers his attempt to maintain a discreet distance from Honor, Lady Beamont, is drawing unwanted attention from another enemy...

 “You will draw more attention if you continue to ignore Lady Beaumont than you would if you occasionally conversed with her. I see the duke watching you very carefully.”
“He’s been watching all of us.”
“Indeed,” Juan agreed, and laid a hand on Vidal’s sleeve, “but now it is more calculating. He notices how you avoid Honor, and I’d wager is conniving how he can turn this to his advantage. If you do not take care you will arrive home to find yourself accused of plotting her husband’s death so you can marry her.”
It made a macabre kind of sense, Vidal acknowledged. He’d avoided Honor to prevent the very conclusions Juan predicted.
“In my endeavour to prevent that, it seems I have leaned too far the other way.”Available from:-
 Amazon.com  http://tinyurl.com/bpu7o75 ($o.99c)
Amazon.co.uk  http://tinyurl.com/cgonnnk (£0.49p)
Just answer the following question for one luck commenter to win a  pdf copy of Vidal's Honor. (Don't forget to include your email address to be in with a chance.)
The winner will be announced before the 20th Feb.
Who is your favourite historical hearthrob and why?
 List of Links to include at the end of each post:-
Hop Participants
  1. Random Bits of Fascination (Maria Grace)
  2. Pillings Writing Corner (David Pilling)
  3. Sally Smith O’Rourke
  4. Darcyholic Diversions (Barbara Tiller Cole)
  5. Faith, Hope and Cherry Tea
  6. Rosanne Lortz
  7. Sharon Lathan
  8. Debra Brown
  9. Heyerwood (Lauren Gilbert)
  10. Regina Jeffers
  11. Ginger Myrick
  12. Anna Belfrage
  13. Fall in love with history (Grace Elliot)
  14. Nancy Bilyeau
  15. Wendy Dunn
  16. E.M. Powell
  17. Georgie Lee
  18. The Riddle of Writing (Deborah Swift)
  19. Outtakes from a Historical Novelist (Kim Rendfeld)
  20. The heart of romance (Sherry Gloag)
  21. A day in the life of patootie (Lori Crane)
  22. Karen Aminadra
  23. Dunhaven Place (Heidi Ashworth)
  24. Stephanie Renee dos Santos


Stephanie Renee dos Santos said...

Sherry- Happy Valentine's Day! I loved the Love Letter history. Thank you for sharing an exceprt from your book.

Com Amour,

Stephanie Renee dos Santos

Anonymous said...

Hi Sherry,
Aha, so here we have a happy ending :)
Nice post!

SherryGLoag said...

Back attcha Stephanie, thanks for coming by. :-)

SherryGLoag said...

Thanks annabelfrage, I do like HEAs lol

Sarah W said...

I like the Machiavellian reasoning in this-- very twisty! And such a delicate balance . . .

Sharon Lathan said...

The Paston Letters are an incredible resource for historical writers. And naturally the love letter is sweet!

Thanks for the enlightening post. Sharon

SherryGLoag said...

:-) Thanks for comment and coming by Sarah W

SherryGLoag said...

:-) Sharon, thanks for coming by.

Lori Crane Hess said...

Love love love it! Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours, Sherry!

SherryGLoag said...

:-) Thanks Lori

LisaS said...

Not very creative, but of the love stories I have had the honor of reading in this blog hop I'd say my favorite historical heart throb is Robert Browning. Sharon Lathan had a beautiful story about he and Elizabeth Barrett Browning that just tugged at my heartstrings. The idea that he fell in love with her through her poetry even though she was sickly seemed so lovely. Thank you for such an interesting post. What a lovely Valentine. :)
-Lisa (slapshinyhappy at yahoo dot com)

SherryGLoag said...

:-) Lisa, thanks for sharing your story with us,. I appreciate you visit and comment.

jeff7salter said...

enjoyed the excerpt ... terrific premise (having to do what he avoided doing so as not to appear to be interested). I bet it was tricky to write because that character's motivitation would always be in turmoil.
Not sure I have a historical heartthrob, but I'm interested in the lady Josephine who was companion to Napoleon.
please enter me in the drawing

BookLuver88 said...

Patkf2007 {at} hotmail {dot}com

I am not sure which historical hearthtob i would be interested in. I could tell you historical fiction hearthrobs (wentworth, darcy)

I can tell you my favorite historical couple which is John and Abigail Adams, so I guess in a way John Adams my historical heartthrob :)

BookLuver88 said...

I have not given this much thought. I have always loved the romance between John and Abigail Adams, so I guess in a lotof wats hes my historical hearthtob

Patkf2007 {at} hotmail {dot} com

Sherry Gloag said...

Thanks BookLuver88 for sharing your thoughts.

Sherry Gloag said...

Jeff :-) Thanks for coming by. lol. The more conveluted the beter!