I’m going to have to beg off here–I wrote The Silver Sword about ten years ago, so my memory is a little foggy. I do know that I loved learning about Jan Huss and church history–I learned so much that I had not known about that time.
I also loved handling the challenge of how to have a female character pass for male in a time when men lived together constantly. As a knight, Anika would have faced an incredibly tough challenge–first, her strength was no match for a man’s. Second, how did she attend to her personal feminine needs? Third, how could she even walk wearing all that armor?
I took what I had learned about knighthood, chivalry, and daily life and tried to be as logical and rational as possible. What Anika lacked in brawn, she made up in brains, so I ran with that angle.
And, of course, you’ll notice that the castles in this book are guarded by mastiffs! That, too, is an accurate fact, as mastiffs were bred to guard castles and keep their masters company. 🙂 In other words, exactly what they do today.
Tomorrow: questions and answers. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments box so I can answer them!