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I recently read an interesting post by Tamara Leigh, a multi-published author: infinitecharacters.com/2012/11/23/a-traditionally-published-author-wades-into-the-waters-of-self-publishing-by-tamara-leigh/. She discusses how she got some push-back from Christian book publishers on her medieval books, because “inspirational publishers were wary of novels set during the medieval time period due to the stigma of corruption within the Church, the Crusades, and the Inquisition.” (Much more info on her Medieval Christianity research here: http://www.tamaraleigh.com/#!__medieval-christianity)
I wanted to address this issue in relation to my Medieval novel. God’s Daughter is set around 1000 AD, in what would be considered “High Middle Ages.” I truly hope inspirational publishers won’t continue to “throw the baby out with the bath-water,” so to speak, with this important period in history.
Yes, the long arm of Christianity at that time was the Roman Catholic Church. Does that mean it was wicked and corrupt from the get-go? I’d argue that it wasn’t. In fact, I’d argue that Christianity was the best thing that happened to the Vikings.
In fact, that’s a major point of my book. I didn’t just jump to this conclusion based on my Christian beliefs. I researched pagan Viking practices and compared them with what happened when Vikings began converting.
Vikings like my heroine, Gudrid. The sagas are very clear that Gudrid became a Christian (as well as Leif Eiriksson and his mother). Missionary monks came to Iceland at that time and brought some miraculous confirmations that they served the one true God, thwarting the pagan priestesses (volva).
I’ll be very disappointed if Christian publishers let the ABA continue to redefine this period in history with their “paganism was awesome” hype. Books like The Mists of Avalon only reinforce this idea, thus strengthening people’s interest in Wicca and paganism, the very antithesis of Christianity.
I can’t tell you how many people are interested in medieval times, but I’ll wager it’s as many as are interested in the Regency period. You don’t have to look around long on Pinterest to find people with boards devoted to medieval times and Vikings. It was a time when people had to grind their own grain, make their own clothing, didn’t have electricity…
Hey, that sounds a lot like the…Amish!
Christian book readers deserve a balanced view of all history, not just Regency or ancient or whatever time period is “hot.” The interest is there–I know, because you all tell me all the time how much you want to read about Vikings!
I truly hope you can read God’s Daughter someday. I won’t go in-depth on my book, since it’s still out on submission. But here are a few links with peeks into my characters’ heads:
Berserker research for the book–http://jordynredwood.blogspot.com/2012/04/research-driving-you-berserk.html?spref=bl
****Okay, now’s the time to let loose, all you Medieval fans out there! What do you love about this time period? If you’re a writer, have you experienced difficulty getting your medieval book published with Christian Book Association publishers? If so, what did you do?****