France is aflame with rumors of witchcraft and treachery. Who will be burn for their transgressions? Find out in this haunting original novel based on the hit CW television show, Reign.
Something sinister has been sweeping the villages surrounding the French court. Rumors of Satan’s horsemen traveling the countryside and claiming the souls of villagers have sent the people reeling into a religious frenzy and soon fear and suspicion lead them to accuse a young girl of witchcraft. After the prisoner is brought to the palace for questioning, Mary, Greer, Kenna, and Lola work to prove her innocence. But there are others who will stop at nothing to see the girl and her secrets silenced forever…
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Here’s my stop on the Reign tour!
Reading the first book got me thinking about the plague. As in, The Bubonic plague.
My mother was a nurse and at one point she had a patient with a nasty case of it. Yes, legit Bubonic plague, here in the USA. In fact, here’s a short article on the history of the plague. Lucky, we now have medicine to treat it, and it’s rarely lethal. This wasn’t my mother’s case, but here’s a link about a modern case.
And my dad, who was a biology major, had to help friends of his trap little critters in the mountains to comb their fur for fleas…to test them for Bubonic plague.
It also reminded me of modern cases of leprosy. That’s a nasty one. (Don’t ever eat armadillos, ok? ok. Try not to eat land-roving shell creatures and you’ll probably be ok.)
The next book has a focus on witch trials.
Which of course made me think of Salem. Did you know some theories propose that the cause was LSD? Ok, maybe not LSD….but the grandfather of LSD.
It’s proposed that it infected the food supply (and also possibly the water supply) and thus created an entire community of people having hallucinations and heebie-jeebies.
We’ve known for a long time that plenty of people’s hallucinations take on a religious nature. It tends to play out our subconscious fears. Adrenaline pumping, telling you that something scared you…and what could scare you so much? What could this terror have come from, except for the devil? or in the case of Salem, witches. The penultimate evil, which some saw as worse than the devil.
Which makes me think all the way back to england, to idiom origins, raining cats and dogs, the invention of wakes for the dead….. like:
In A Pickle
Hocus Pocus (srsly.)
TASTE THE RAINBOW
Fit as a fiddle
Cross to bear
Kick the Bucket
Read about more idioms from the 16th century here.
Did you know they had GoFundMe campaigns? ok, not like GoFundMe campaigns…kind of like a bake sale. But it wasn’t cookies, it was beer. Close enough, right?
That makes me think of all the revolutionary science that came out of the 16th century. The 16th century boasted some of the most brilliant minds ever known. One of which was NOSTRADAMUS. So cool. Also, Michelangelo (The artist, not the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle) Also,
Kevin Francis Bacon , Magellan, Leonardo DaVinci, Nicolaus Copernicus (Galileo was such a nOOb.)
And then there’s Niccolo Machiavelli. Apparently, he was great at politics….I’ve never heard of him other than the list I just read. I’m only mentioning him because I think it’s funny what I DO remember him by.
Yep. Viscount Mabrey from Princess Diaries 2. Here’s the lines that popped into my head:
VM: Your task is to romance her. Show her what a real relationship could be like. A relationship filled with heat and passion.
LD: – And change her mind about Andrew.
VM: – Exactly. And the day the deadline expires, the throne is ours.
LD: And you’re sure my father wanted this?
VM: It was his dearest wish. His last words to me were: “Help him, Arthur. One day he could be king.”
LD: I don’t recall him ever mentioning that to me.
VM: Well, you wouldn’t. You were only six years old when he died. But you do remember who he named you after, don’t you?
LD: Yes. Grandfather Nicholas.
VM: No, no, no, no. Niccolò Machiavelli. Power, my boy, means never having to say you’re sorry.
Crazy, right?! I haven’t seen that movie for at least 8 years. But back to the 16th century, I’m glad we are starting to see more historical fiction. Mary, Queen of Scots isn’t something that’s written about often, or as often as it should be.
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