Wednesday, September 20, 2006
I've been reading a series of books by an author I've really come to like, and although I know a lot of people who read my blog wouldn't agree with the genre of these books, I primarily read this author's work because she has a wonderful way of working intricate historical facts into a great storyline.
I've always liked reading historical romances - NOT "bodice rippers", those are trash to me. However, I like a well written, historically accurate book with a tiny bit of romance included from time to time. The series I've been reading is set back in the 14th century, in the Scottish Isles. The picture at the top of this post is of Rosslyn Castle, ca. 1789. The family in this book is the Sinclair clan. Click here to read more about this castle and the family's history.
It's very interesting to read about the social strictures set on even immediate family members and the way they address and interact each other. I've learned more about the Order of the Knights Templar, and it's nothing like my preconceived notions were. To see just how women were considered as unworthy to even voice their feelings and how they were overly sheltered, even when in harm's way, makes me thankful to live in an era when women are valued and are accepted as contributing members of society.
I'm definately going to check out a few history books to read more about this era - it's just so interesting! And someday, if my ship ever comes in, I'd love to go to Scotland - but I'm thankful that books give me the chance to take trips to faraway lands, just by opening them and allowing myself to "fall into the pages" without even having to leave my home.