Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Apologies and Previews!

Noble readers and "happy few,"

First - my sincerest apologies for my overlong silence.  As I am currently in the midst of a substantial life/career transition, I have had absolutely no time to really engage much in my preferred activities ... mainly consisting of writing prolifically of the glories of past eras and simultaneously harassing the wide world with them.  Another factor at play is the inconvenience of having one's entire library of sources hoarded away in boxes ... writers and scholars can produce wonders for the ages, but not when the sources of their power are sealed behind cardboard and masking tape.  Trust me, the pause has impacted me more than you can imagine ... my life has been rather diminished since I stopped with my favorite hobby.

Therefore, I wished to offer a conciliatory gift and beg you all to accept it - a gift in the form of a preview of coming projects that have been formulating in my mind over the past several months and the completion of which I am now entirely dedicated to.  So, without further ado, here is what you have to look forward to:

1 July:  A republishing of the teaser to my historical novel, The Sons of God.  I chose this date deliberately because it is the historical anniversary of the topic of the teaser in question - the battle of Dorylaeum in 1097AD, the first major engagement on the field for the Christian forces of the First Crusade against their Islamic foes (the Seljuk Turks, in that particular fight).  The teaser will of course be accompanied by a brief intro of the overall historical background as well as the characters portrayed.

August - December:  My goals for this time period might be too intense, but I see that as all the more of a  challenge to embark upon and succeed.  I have two topics that I would very much like to cover in a format similar to my unexpectedly successful "Archer's Tale" series.  The first will be titled "The Lion and the Crescent" and will explore the Levantine campaigns of that paragon of all crusaders, King Richard I Cœur de Lion, during the Third Crusade (1189-1192AD).  I plan for the series to delve into the strategic and tactical details of these oft-overlooked campaigns and hopefully reveal how Richard's campaigns in Palestine were masterpieces of strategy and maneuver born of a military mind that was quite possibly far ahead of his time.

The second series (as yet unnamed) will focus on each of the great religious military orders of the Middle Ages.  I'd like explore not only their well-known military aspects, but also their overall historical, social, and cultural impacts on Western civilization as a whole - which, sadly, is far greater and far more extensive than modern scholarship on the topic would ever have one believe.

28 November:  On the anniversary of Blessed Pope Urban II's address at the Council of Clermont in 1095AD that roused an entire civilization, I plan on releasing another teaser for my novel - the portion covering the momentous occasion when Urban delivered his call for the warriors of Christendom to "take up the Cross" and begin the great pilgrimage that would define an entire era.  As before, there will be historical context provided and the scene will most likely be viewed through the eyes of a man who was most likely present at the actual moment - the great scholar-turned-crusader, Fulcher of Chartres.

There you have it - I certainly have my work cut out for me and, now that I've whetted your appetites, have no more excuses to put off my own passion for much longer.  Thank you to all who have stayed vigilant here and I hope to not disappoint in the future months.

Deus Vult!


PS.  The above picture comes from a phenomenal Polish historical artist, Mariusz Kozik, whose works have been portrayed in many high-visibility venues to include the Osprey Military History series and Sega's promotional art for Rome II: Total War.  However, his Medieval art is top notch and deserves to rank among the likes of Graham Turner and Angus McBride.  Please check out his site at http://www.lacedemon.info/.