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Check out the new website look!
I'm not keen on making a whole new
author website, so I'll have everything in one place. There's
a new banner and menus for better navigation and the book pages
have been redone entirely. The sitemap is now the main navigation
and it's prettier now too! Facebook has a new banner as well.
I'm not keen on making a whole new
author facebook page either since I have so many really lovely
friends on the Rosalie's Medieval Woman one, so I'll have everything
there as well as all the usual artifact collection posts, manuscript
observations, original medieval memes, medieval research and,
of course, sewing projects. Over the next week I'll be putting
the new banner and navigation links over the entire site, but
that will take a few nights.
Illuminated manuscript commissioned
from Tania Michaux from Tania Crossingham's School of Illumination
for my Manesse Codex style logo and photo by David de Groot from
Four Horsemen Photography. It matches the new website banners
as well for a more co-hesive look. #medieval #author #reenactor
#livinghistory #newbook #verysecretsexlives #medievalwomen #allthehashtags
19th, 2019, 09:34 am
I am often surprised at the amount
of secret women's business we have in the world today. When women
get together in a group, chat often turns to things that we just
don't discuss in front of men. Usually this is because they just
get all awkward and flee the room the minute someone says the
I work in a hospital and our lunch
room conversations often involve abcess puss, drainage of fluid
which smells so bad it permeates your clothes and hair, organ
biopsies and other gross things and we eat while chatting about
these things but throw in the words "period blood" and
suddenly the guys remember they need to be somewhere else.
It strikes me that it's a little
bit funny that women seem to know a lot about the male reproduction
system and aren't particularly squeamish discussing, it yet many
men prefer that we ladies just keep our ovaries a mystery. Periods?
Ew. Keep it to yourself. Of course, this isn't everyone, but a
large percentage. Think I'm kidding? Bring it up in casual conversation
next time you're out with friends on a Saturday night as see how
Men, however, will usually have no
great issue discussing loudly, with their mates at the pub, their
own bodily fluids. Pee, snot, vomit and in less polite circles,
semen. These are all socially able to be turned into jokes and
are accordingly hilarious. That time a guy threw up in the beer
garden and it went everywhere and it was so gross and their were
chunks in it and he sneezed and it came out his nose? So funny.
Imagine, if you will, that the group
discussion included a woman who added, "Oh, yes! Reminds
me of the time I had my period and had a sneezing fit so hard
I flooded my pad and it was just like the time my waters broke,
just so funny!"
You know that's not going to happen.
That's not funny because it's perioooood blooood ewwwwwww!
And therein lies the difference
of the sexes.
Medieval men were almost as helpful
in setting this kind of attitude up by insisting that menstrual
blood was extremely poisonous, an attitude which we don't share
today. Luckily, that menstrual blood might be put to some good
use, and I'll be telling you more about that later.
16th, 2019, 07:26 pm
I dont think the
complete irony of me publishing a book about medieval sex lives
while I am, in fact, currently single is wasted on anyone.
Women are humans too
I'm making an effort to humanise
the women in the Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women. Much
has been written about some of these women specifically and we
have a lot of dates and times but not much has been treating these
women like humans. I'm taking the time to think about what their
feelings might have been in certain situations.
We might read that someone was married
for the third time or had to hide a pregnancy, but if we equate
that to the lives to women we actually know today, what sympathies
would be extend them? Our society offers far more support and
love for the unmarried mother or the victim of sexual harrassment
than the medieval one. How did these women cope? How did they
I'm making what looks like the final
edit. The publishers have the draft copy so they can see what
the content is like and can plan their marketing strategy and
get a feel for the book. At the moment, I'm sitting on nearly
60 000 words.
Having not looked at the book for
two days to get a fresh approach was a great thing to do and feedback
from one of the testers pointed out an inconsistency in the format
which I know would have bugged me if it went to print without
being addressed. The short break has let me focus on what I've
said already and what I have meant to add and hadn't (thinking
I'd put it in somewhere else) without repeating myself in an annoying
Feeling pretty good about this.
Live journal is live!
I have now a Secret
Sex Lives Live Journal Blog If you are a fellow lj user, I'm lj
user medievalrosalie and you can find me there. We are ad
free if you log in as a guest, otherwise, ads. Sorry. It does
have sharable posts for forwarding to friends and sharing on social
media, so that's nice. This web blog here is ad free and is prettier,
so see what you like best!
Hoping to find a way
to put the CSS into this website and turn this page into a proper
blog. I lack the coding skills, dammit. Until then, I'll be cross
posting here for your ad free enjoyment! <3
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Seriously, who doesn't like Viner hand as
a font? It has a nice handwritten scrawl which is more legible
than Rage Italic and less wide than Viking and it
considerably more readable that Old English, CodexManesse
and in no way hard to read. I'm quite fond of it and will be using
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The cover design team
don't seem to like it much, but it's far more appropriate than
any of the Victorian style ones they seem to favour. Keep your
fingers crossed for me. I feel it compliments Tania's image and
I finally have a book cover I truly love and am excited about.
Just keep crossing those fingers for me, okay?
We don't do the "W" word in this book.
Medieval misconceptions must stop.
Online Promo about the book
Well, it's fair to say that different people have
different ideas about medieval women, which is why I really have
made it my mission to educate and entertain while I'm doing it.
The first proposed online write up hit my inbox and it was so
far removed from the actual medieval world, it just reinforced
why I do what I do. People need educating.
I think it's fair to say that people often don't know what to
expect when they turn up for one of my Very Secret Sex Lives Of
Medieval Women talks, but sometimes the enormity of the misconceptions
astound me. I was not the least bit amused that the publishing
team thought this book was going to be a 50 Shades of Grey type
book. No. It is not. I could write one, but seriously, this is
a different kind of book altogether.
Medieval sex covers a lot of things. Having it. Not having it.
Chastity, rape, forced marriages well before puberty, women who
were forced to abort, sex workers, lesbians, nuns and every woman
in between. There's a lot to giggle at but there's a hell of a
lot which is no laughing matter. Some of the laughter is outright
what-the-hell-were-they-thinking. Mostly the men. Okay, religious
men. You'll see what I mean.
I've spend hours messing around tonight trying to get a usable
photo for official author page and book stuff. I'm not good at
selfies, but I think I have a winner... this is me on the bio
page now (with make-up).
Don't I look different from medieval woman me?
Book update- new sections
Just realised I have two more sections to add:
Writing About It and How To Draw It. Because manuscripts. There
are a lot of interesting euphamisms for sex and a few cool manuscript
pics related to it. Fancy me almost forgetting to write about
Editing and feedback
I really need some sleep.
Editing and getting thoughts back from my beta testers is tiring
work. I have one female medieval tester who is a medieval author
herself, one male medieval tester who is a long standing re-enactor
and history buff and one male non-medieval tester who comes from
the world of science and medicine to see if it's interesting enough
for general public to read as well as those of us who have a passion.
Word on the street, well, the word from the three beta testers,
is that it's funny and informative, which is what I was going
Getting the right amount
of balance with my sense of humour and being respectful about
the actual women whose lives I am talking about is needed. I want
their voices to be heard. They may have suffered and celebrated
hundreds of years ago, but we can give them a little love in the
here and now.
Sexy Lady promo photos
I've teamed up with
Neda Lundy from the wonderful team at Four Horsemen Festival
Photos to do an evening photo shoot with some lovely medieval
re-enactor ladies with scenes from the book.
Things which will hint
that there's something going on but don't give everything away!
It will be so much fun and we are all looking forward to it. We
will be serving medieval food and champagne to celebrate while
we do them!
Book Cover Art finished
Tania Crossingham has
made something beautiful for me! It's with the publisher now and
hopefully the team will love it as much as I do and feel it fits
their vision for my book! It is absolutely my vision. I would
like this for the front cover! Many of you will recognise the
image but this version has the colours and fabrics I will be using
in future projects.
I am totally in love
with this picture and I can't recommend Tania's work enough! It's
the little pic I'm using on the banner of this page. It's from
the Manesse Codex, only with fabrics and coverlet and colours
of my choosing to match projects I have on the go.
The link to see it being
made and the final art is HERE.
Cover art commissioned
So very, very excited to have Tania Crossingham
Illuminated Manuscripts making something beautiful for me! I'm
hoping it will be used on my new book cover! I love her work so
much! Check out her work here! https://www.facebook.com/illumination.artist/
I'm now on Twitter! (actually it's not about me,
I needed to follow a wonderful composer friend who does excting
things). I'm new to it and I don't know that I'll use it much,
but if you're a twit, I'm @medievalrosalie
THE VERY SECRET SEX LIVES OF MEDIEVAL
It's going to be a book! I am so excited!
Why stop at coming to a talk when you can read the very hilariously
extended book version! The amazing people at Mango Publishing
are making this real. Please do the happy dance with me! Squeee!
It's not out yet. I will post up details when I have them. I've
long thought about doing a publication and quite a few people
have suggested it, so this is something that has been in the back
of my head for quite some time. I'm delighted to announce that
it is happening! Coming to a book thingy
near you soon.
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