Last night at about 1:00 a.m., I put the finishing touches to my Buckingham novel, now called The Stolen Crown. If all goes well, look for it in 2010 sometime!
I’m now pondering what to write about next. I think it’s going to be about a Margaret: either Margaret of Anjou, Margaret Beaufort, or Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury. The first and third Margarets are the ones who appeal to me most as subjects. Doing a novel about Margaret of Anjou would let me write about the early period of the Wars of the Roses from a Lancastrian standpoint, which isn’t done all that often and would allow me to work in some people who particularly intrigue me, such as Henry Holland, Duke of Exeter and the Beaufort clan. Margaret Pole also has a fascinating and tragic story, and would let me work in five of Henry VIII’s wives plus the portly man himself. The nice thing about all three women is that their lives are well documented and that I already have a lot of the research material at hand.
Speaking of research, I’ve gone gaga today for this site that someone on the Historical Novel Society Yahoo group pointed out. It’s from the British Library, and allows free downloads of a number of doctoral theses. The ones I’ve really been longing to read aren’t available yet, but there’s always hope! In the meantime, I managed to console myself with about a dozen others. Have fun browsing!