Hello dear readers –
Here we are once again with more evidence that many women throughout history crossed social barriers and braved ridicule to get what they wanted out of life and/or teach other women that it was possible to achieve the unattainable in ways considered taboo by those who held society’s reins.
I ran across this awesome article yesterday, and it really spoke to me, telling me that, even though I write fiction featuring strong historical women, I’m not as far off as some critics have stated.
The article in the link above points out many of our sisters who busted out of what stereotypes the Church and similar authorities historically demanded of females. Eleanor of Aquitaine, Angelique-Marguerite Le Boursier du Coudray and Rose of Burford are just a few of the names you can read about in the article above. I have also linked more information to each name for you.
A few times a month I will run across articles about strong historical woman and post them on my Genella deGrey Books page on FB.
What is the point of all this, you might ask?
I suppose I am tired of people thinking that the heroines in my books are out of line with what they think went on during the various time periods in which I write. Some people say that reviews are what push sales, some say that they don’t. When a review includes phrases such as, “unfettered by the constraints of their time” and “Not historically accurate” I now know, from reading the many articles presented to me, that these reviewers can’t see past the end of their own noses – not to mention the fact that my stories are FICTIONAL and are more for entertainment than research for a history class.
I feel sorry for those who don’t do their own research, who are lead around by the leash of Negative Nellies and who can’t enjoy a fictional historical romance novel for the sake of escape and entertainment.
Keep reading, my friends! Explore, enjoy and allow yourself to be entertained!