Last June, my family and I traveled to London. It was my first trip to London. After years of reading and writing about London, I finally got to walk the streets of the history filled city. Visited so many places—the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, museums…lots and lots of museums…and Hampton Court.
I mention Hampton Court last for a reason. I love history. Of course I do, I write historical romances. History fascinates me, like the American Revolution. It’s the reason I wrote the Winds of Betrayal series. It’s more historical fiction at times. Hampton Court pulled me in the same manner…it fascinates me. Why? Not for the structure itself but the people that lived within the walls.
Hampton Court was a gift from Cardinal Wosley to King Henry VIII. King Henry VIII…can’t say he’s one of my favorite historical figures, but what caught my attention as we explored the castle as well as when we were at the Tower of London was hearing about King Henry.
|KING HENRY VIII|
|LOVELY GARDENS AT HAMPTON COURT|
King Henry ruled with absolute power—he thought he was the absolute power. He believed it was his divine right—that his will was God’s. Think about what the man did. Forget his six marriages…they were bad enough…but the church. He decided to create a new church—not because he didn’t believe in the Catholic Church, but because he wanted to marry someone else and the church refused him a divorce. Because he had the power he made his people change their religion…not only forced the people to convert but if they didn’t they faced death and not an easy death. Some were burned; others beheaded…you can get the picture. From all accounts King Henry VIII was a harsh and insecure king. You would have to ask given all he did and had—was he ever happy?
Something about King Henry VIII bothered me as I walked around England. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but when I got home and began to revise Whispers of a Legend, Part Four- Time of the Nuxvenom it hit me. King Henry VIII reminded me of one of my characters—King Edulf. Without realizing it, King Edulf holds traits extremely similar to King Henry VIII. Interesting…
Whispers of Legend, Part Four- Time of the Nuxvenom is coming! The Legend continues….
|AMAZON, BARNES AND NOBLE|