Wednesday, November 05, 2008

North Wales, 953...or Is It?

Buzzing comfortably along on my WIP, PEACEWEAVER. Set in Clywd, North Wales, in 953, when Edgar the Peaceable was King in England...

Or was he?

Thought I had my chronology down pat. You historical fans may know how fusstrating this is. You've read swackloads of material in your chosen era. You KNOW this stuff.

Until you stumble upon a fascinating new history book that you didn't already own, set smack-dab in your era of interest. You buy it, read it with interest, and discover YOU'VE GOT YOUR CHRONOLOGY WRONG!


It can't BE 953 Wales if Edgar is king in England. It has to be 973. Gacck! I hate when this happens.

However: better in draft than in edit. Can you imagine the agently phone call: "Um, Deb, you know, hon, Edgar didn't ascend the throne 'til 959. You wanna make some tweaks...?"

How embarrassin' to have someone besides ME catch this!

You folks know, but (psssst): don't tell anybody.


Janny said...

No matter how you can't stop yourself from time travel.
(mwah hah haaah)

I know, I know, I'm NO help.

But, hey, what's a measly twenty years among friends? Right?


Rebecca Woodhead said...

Um... don't hate me but Edgar actually became king in 958.

The creation of the kingdom of England began when Egbert, King of Wessex, defeated the Mercians; Alfred continued it while fighting the Danes and Edgar was made king in 958, which kind of marks the acceptance of Englishness as a concept - although to be fair, we're still arguing about the Englishness thing now. Does drinking tea and having a grasp of irony make you English or not? Who knows. Hope that helps :)


Deb said...

I don't hate you...I just didn't want to pick the year 958 for historical reasons. But 953 definitely will not work!

Up to 35K on this story now, a little bit stalled, hoping to punch through to 60K sometime soon. The proposal is out to several different pubs, so we'll see if someone snaps it up.