NaNoWriMo is just 10 days away, and I’m using this time to do as much research as I can for my next project, which is set in medieval times (Norway and Scotland, with perhaps a foray into England).
What better way to do this research than to read a stack of novels set in that era? Here’s my list:
Karen Cushman’s The Midwife’s Apprentice; Catherine, Called Birdy; and Matilda Bone. Anya Seton’s Katherine (about John of Gaunt’s 3rd wife — sprawling and detailed). Elizabeth Janet Gray’s Adam of the Road. Marguerite de Angeli’s The Door in the Wall. And Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (in Middle English, to get the flavor of the language).
If I start sounding like someone from The Pardoner’s Tale, you’ll understand.