Monday, June 30, 2008

Lighting the Dark Ages but first, ACK!

Today I'm going to list some of my Dark Ages/Saxon/Viking reference books, but first, a moan of dismay. I was trying to find out if the new BBC Robin Hood, featuring my man Richard Armitage, was going to have a third season. So I googled once I am spoiled! I now know how the second season ends.

Okay, first? I think it's a trick. But if it's not, well, at least I'll get to see RA in the throes of emotional turmoil and that should be something.

Although I haven't yet seen Season Two (soon, soon, the DVD shall be mine!), I still think they need a strong foil/feminine counterpart to Sir Guy, with Other Woman going after him while he's going after Marion. Sadly, this is not the Sir Guy of Gisborne Show, so the focus must be elsewhere, but if it were up to me, I'd not only have the Other Woman, I'd have him seriously tempted by her. Yet deep in his heart, he knows Marion would be better for him -- she'd bring out his good, redeemable qualities, while Other Woman would bring out the bad/ambitious side (but with great sex implied). Love vs. lust: what's the Guy to do? And maybe Other Woman could be hedging her bets and putting the moves on Robin at the same time. She could claim she was doing it to further Sir Guy's interests, should she be caught.

Sheesh, somebody stop me, because I don't write that show!

Now, should somebody watching Robin Hood be inspired to write their own story, set a little farther back in time, here are the books I own that I used for THE VIKING and THE SAXON.


THE ANGLO-SAXON AGE, C. 400 - 1042 by D.J.V. Fisher


THE VIKING by Bertil Almgren et al, published by Crescent Books, NY

THE ANGLO-SAXONS, edited by James Campbell


Tomorrow: The Restoration Library of Margaret Moore


Louisa Cornell said...

Another list for me to print for future reference. And SQUEEEEEEEE!!! I had a real treat waiting in my mailbox when I got home today! I am now the proud owner of TWO Margaret Moore books personally autographed by that very same Margaret Moore! They are even now tucked up on my Bookshelf of Honor in front of my writing desk with all of my other treasured autographed historical romances! Thank you!!

Kimber Chin said...

Man, those are beautiful covers.
Real works of art.

Margaret Moore said...

Thank you, Louisa! I hope you like them!

Kimber -- thanks! What's really unusual about THE SAXON's cover is that the heroine is heavily pregnant on the back.

I really like having John D'Salvo on my covers, because he always looks a little worried. I like to think of my heroes as perplexed by the heroine a lot of the time, so it works for me!