Starting out.

This is my very first post on my own blog, which hopefully I can post without older son at my elbow to point the way. (Tried earlier today and lost one into the ether somewhere… reward to finder.)

Two weeks to publication of my debut novel I’ve discovered that I have lots to do behind the scenes – guest list for launch for publisher / choosing readings / and aagh – what to wear? At least it’s not as problematic as 1574 –

http://elizabethan.org/sumptuary/who-wears-what.html

Women’s apparel

None shall wear

Any cloth of gold, tissue, nor fur of sables: except duchesses, marquises, and countesses in their gowns, kirtles, partlets, and sleeves; cloth of gold, silver, tinseled satin, silk, or cloth mixed or embroidered with gold or silver or pearl, saving silk mixed with gold or silver in linings of cowls, partlets, and sleeves: except all degrees above viscountesses, and viscountesses, baronesses, and other personages of like degrees in their kirtles and sleeves.

Velvet (crimson, carnation); furs (black genets, lucerns); embroidery or passment lace of gold or silver: except all degrees above mentioned, the wives of knights of the Garter and of the Privy Council, the ladies and gentlewomen of the privy chamber and bedchamber, and maids of honor.

None shall wear any velvet in gowns, furs of leopards, embroidery of silk: except the degrees and persons above mentioned, the wives of barons’ sons, or of knights.

Cowls, sleeves, partlets, and linings, trimmed with spangles or pearls of gold, silver, or pearl; cowls of gold or silver, or of silk mixed with gold or silver: except the degrees and persons above mentioned; and trimmed with pearl, none under the degree of baroness or like degrees.

Enameled chains, buttons, aglets, and borders: except the degrees before mentioned.

Satin, damask, or tufted taffeta in gowns, kirtles, or velvet in kirtles; fur whereof the kind groweth not within the Queen’s dominions, except foins, grey genets, bodge, and wolf: except the degrees and persons above mentioned, or the wives of those that may dispend £100 by the year and so valued in the subsidy book.

Gowns of silk grosgrain, doubled sarcenet, camlet, or taffeta, or kirtles of satin or damask: except the degrees and persons above mentioned, and the wives of the sons and heirs of knights, and the daughters of knights, and of such as may dispend 300 marks by the year so valued ut supra, and the wives of those that may dispend £40 by the year.

Hope to see lots of folk at the three events I’m currently preparing for, but don’t expect velvet…

Once that’s all over I hope to be able to post interesting snippets from my research. Mostly 16th century,as that’s the period I’m writing in just now,though I can’t always control my curiosity, or where and when my mind drifts to…

Available now…

‘Turn of the Tide’ is a year old!! You can buy it in bookshops in the UK and find it on Amazon

It is all very exciting, and a little scary!

I’m working hard on the sequel just now but some of the characters are being a little difficult – refusing to do as I tell them and insisting on going their own way…doing a bit of travelling too and getting into dangerous waters.