Happy Friday boys and girls. I’m pleased to welcome back a very talented writer, Ms. Dana D’Angelo. I asked her share her thoughts about what most historical readers/writers adore most about our timeless characters, the warrior’s spirit. Time to hang out with Angela…
The Warrior’s Spirit
Have you ever noticed that most heroes in romance stories are alpha males? And when you start reading historical romances, you will, more often than not, read about a warrior with an indomitable spirit.
While it’s true that a warrior fights, there’s more to him than just physical prowess. In fact, it’s his heart and mind that makes him someone that we admire and perhaps love.
Of course, these are not new ideas. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 1040 – 1115 AD (wikipedia), a heroic poem called The Song of Roland was written. It was based on the Battle Roncevaux in 778 AD, which occurred during the time when Charlemagne ruled supreme. Much of the ideas of chivalry and moral conduct were inspired by this poem.
Some of the items which the song highlighted were:
•To fear God and maintain His Church
•To serve the liege lord in valour and faith
•To protect the weak and defenseless
•To give succour to widows and orphans
•To refrain from the wanton giving of offence
•To live by honour and for glory
•To despise pecuniary reward
•To fight for the welfare of all
•To obey those placed in authority
•To guard the honour of fellow knights
•To eschew unfairness, meanness and deceit
•To keep faith
•At all times to speak the truth
•To persevere to the end in any enterprise begun
•To respect the honour of women
•Never to refuse a challenge from an equal
•Never to turn the back upon a foe
And so if you came across a knight living during the medieval times, you can rest assured that he took these vows of chivalry and tried his utmost to defend these ideals.
But what happens if a knight fails in upholding the moral code? This is one of the questions I explore in my latest book Fallen Knight.
In this story, my main character breaks some of his chivalric vows, and spirals into conflict over right and wrong. He has vengeance in his heart, and while you might think that he is motivated by hate, he really isn’t. His true motivation is for love — for his God, king, country and family. And because this is a romance story, there is also his love for a woman that complicates matters.
Are you intrigued? Well, if you are, you have a chance to win a digital copy of Fallen Knight. Just post in the comments below, and tell me what type of qualities you like in your fictional heroes. Be sure to check back on Violetta’s blog when I announce the winner at the end of the day. Good luck!
Dana–that list gave me goose bumps all over. Wow–if we all strived to live by those ideals today, what a different world it would be.
I’m very excited about Dana’s latest release Fallen Knight, in fact, I’m reading it now. Here’s the sexy cover…
For breaking the sacred vows of knighthood, Gareth de Mowbrey is banished to the outer realms of the kingdom. He is broken down and is plagued by the demons from his past. He has lost everything, his reputation is in shreds, and he is walking the path of self-destruction. That is, until he meets one woman who may have the power to save him from himself…
Clarisse de Servian knows that her duty is to marry the man that her family chooses for her. But even for the betterment of her people, she cannot bring herself to wed a man she does not love. She does however fall in love with a man who is forbidden to her, and for once she enjoys happiness. But this happiness is only fleeting, for Clarisse possess a dark secret that threatens to destroy her and everyone she loves.
King Edward’s Court, England 1354 AD
The sounds and chatter abruptly ended as soon as Gareth de Mowbrey set foot into the royal court. His hands and feet were tied to iron shackles, the long chains scraping across the cold stone floor, rattling in his wake. As a knight, he had witnessed many prisoners entering the court like this. But now he was the one who would stand before the king, with heavy iron chains weighing him down.
In the dungeon the night had merged into day; he had no idea how long he had been imprisoned. And when the guard came to get him, he knew his time had come. First, he would face a trial by ordeal, and then his fate would be sealed by that outcome, which was undoubtedly death.
The two knights Derrik d’Evant and Jonathan d’Abelard were already there, waiting for the trial to begin.
A half dozen men also stood at a distance from the king’s throne. They all turned, silently watching his approach, speculation and judgment already present on their faces.
Jonathan stood with his back as straight as a rod, his gaze zeroing in on Gareth. The knight had dark shadows under his eyes, as if he hadn’t slept. His hair was mused and the beginnings of a beard shadowed his chin. An image of a fierce hawk was embroidered boldly on his surcoat and covered the shining armor that he wore. He looked every bit the legendary knight that he was, forceful and forbidding. His presence was commanding, and the surrounding men kept a respectful distance from him.
He was close enough to see Jonathan’s face. But then he wished that he didn’t witness his friend’s lips tighten with distaste, or how he averted his eyes, as if he couldn’t stand the sight of him. The rejection shot through to his heart, as if an arrow had pierced it. But this is what I deserve.
He hung his head, not wanting to see the disgust in Jonathan’s eyes. He focused on placing one foot over the other. The guard gave him an impatient shove. And when he still didn’t move fast enough, the guard pushed him a little harder. Gareth stumbled to his knees, the chains around his legs and hands clinking as they made hard contact with the stone floor.
Gareth slowly got up, and through the slits of his eyes, he examined the men who were present to witness his judgment. Most of the faces were familiar to him.
The warden who officiated the trials, stood back with the others, his hands noticeably empty. Almost with dread, Gareth looked over toward King Edward. The monarch sat on his throne with one elbow propped up on the armrest and his chin resting on an open palm.
“Tell us what has happened,” the king commanded, the expression on his face grim.
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A bit about Ms. D’Angelo…
Dana is the only girl from a family of nine children. As a teenager, there was a constant battle for the T.V. remote, which she lost so she was forced to find her amusement in books. Soon after she discovered historical romance novels from best selling romance writers like Johanna Lindsay, Judith McNaught and Julie Garwood. She read as many as 10 romance books per week, and spent hours with her nose pressed between the pages, skipping meals and cutting out sleep. Medieval romance and love in the Regency era was just too exciting.
It wasn’t until she was married with two young kids that she decided to take a stab at writing her own historical romance books. She is intrigued with the idea of writing romance fiction that could bring hours of enjoyment to readers, help them escape from reality, and perhaps remind them how sweet love is and should be. These are the things that she enjoys as a reader, and these are the things that she wants to give back as a writer.
Dana resides in a city east of Toronto, Canada. When not writing or reading, she’s dining at local restaurants with her husband and kids and enjoying the spectacular foods of the world.
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Thanks for stopping by today, Dana!