Mea culpa, mea culpa for last week. I really tried to get to everyone’s blog who visited me, but between two books going live unexpectedly on the same day, I just couldn’t catch up. I’ll be by to visit all those I didn’t get to last week and read both last week’s and this week’s snippets. Looking forward to it!
Now for another snippet from my new medieval Christmas story, Seduction at the Christmas Court. This book continues the story begun in Time Enough to Love and its hero Lord Geoffrey Longford and heroine Lady Alyse de Courcy, now Lady Longford. This snippet highlights one of the customs of the medieval Christmas–the mummer’s play.
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The book begins in December 1349, about seven months after the end of Time Enough to Love.
There were lots of Christmas traditions in medieval times, one of which was the mummer’s play. A traveling troupe of players would come to the noble houses at Christmas to put on a play and hopefully gain money or food for the enacting of it. The play always revolved around St. George and a group of outlandish knights. I’ll leave the rest to my snippet.
The mummer playing St. George took the center spot in the Great Hall and began a sing-song rhyme that soon had the court laughing at its nonsense. A stream of knights—played in turn by the other mummers—approached, made their rhyming challenge, and were quickly slain by St. George, whose wielding of his sword became swifter and swifter. He slayed the knights in such short order that by the time he faced the final knight, he did no more than look at the Turkish knight than the man fell down, his toes jingling softly as he landed on the soft rushes covering the floor.
A burst of laughter and applause followed that performance as the quack Doctor shuffled forward, his “magic potion” in a large bottle, gripped in his hand.
Thoroughly engrossed, Alyse laughed and clapped her hands. She held her breath and leaned forward as the Doctor poured the potion down the throats of the slain knights, spoke his own rhyme over them, and one by one, they began to twitch and dance, the rush-strewn floor seeming to come alive as they did. The room resounded with merriment as all seven knights revived.
Lord and Lady Longford journey to the Christmas Court of King Edward III in the year 1349 to wait upon the king and take part in some Yuletide merriment. However, when Geoffrey is suddenly called into the king’s service again, Alyse must remain at the court, attending the queen and persuading her rebellious sister to accept an unwanted betrothal. When rumors of Geoffrey’s death arise, Alyse fends off an old suitor who wants to renew an old friendship. But how long will he take “No” for an answer?
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