Counterpoint, Theo Earl of Suffolk – Elizabeth St John [Short Story]

Hello! How went your weekend? This week, the stories that are featured are sliiiiiightly after the Tudor era, but it was close enough to Elizabethan times, I figured, why not! Especially when Elizabeth agreed to my request to have them featured! This weeks featured author is Elizabeth St. John and todays post is the first installment of her short story series called Counterpoint. Fair warning! Its a little longer than usual posts, but I wanted both posted in the same week 🙂 A word from the author, When I wrote The Lady of the Tower, the story revealed itself in the narrative of my ancestress, Lucy St.John. But, as with all novels, other characters appeared, and their voices grew strong and insistent, demanding their own story be told. And my readers wanted to know more about them too., So, for fun, I started a series of short stories that present an alternative view to these much loved and maligned characters

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CONTEST WINNER – Tiara Schrombeck

This is coming a little later than I intended, but here we are! I’m pleased to announce that the winner of the first ever ATWC contest is Tiara Schrombeck! She wrote a fantastic story, that you can read below. Please be sure to congratulate her! … An Evening at Court                 A million candles lit up the clothes of a million dancers and made all their jewels and gilded masks sparkle like fireworks. It was as if every candle that had ever been made was assembled together here and lit for the dual purpose of celebrating the new king and spiting the old dead one. The sheer opulence would have been offense to Catherine if she had not been one of the recipients of the celebration. She had recently escaped from the trappings of poverty, or what was considered poverty for a woman who was born to the richest of monarchs and expected to live a certain comfort level and

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A Quiet Reflection by Melissa [short story]

Wow, this is a late post! My apologies, this week has been insane – I found out I’m moving in two weeks so I’m trying to get all of that straightened away! This weeks post is a story written by myself! I’m nervous, but excited to be sharing this. I haven’t done any creative writing since I was in grade school! Charles Brandon always struck me as someone who was simply known has Henry’s best friend, and we rarely see his perspective, or know how he felt. This story takes place a week before he died, and shows him reflecting on his life. It’s how I believe he felt. ••• August 15, 1545 Charles woke with a start. Feeling like he was falling in his dreams was becoming a common occurrence as of late. It was still dark, and the fire had died. The chill in the room was making him reconsider whether he should get up, but he knew

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A Trip to Cleves by Nina von Ow [Short Story]

Today’s post excites me just as much as the first. It’s the first official short story! Not only that, it’s about Hans Holbein – someone I personally feel is often briefly mentioned in stories. Never a protagonist. I’m happy that today’s post highlights his importance in Tudor England, and Henry VIII. A word from the author, Nina von Ow: “I got interested in the Tudors because of all the excellent historical novels about that period that were published when I was growing up in the 1970ies by the likes of Norah Lofts and Jean Plaidy and Margaret Campbell Barnes. I especially loved Barnes’s book “My Lady of Cleves” and her version of the portrait session between Hans Holbein and Anne of Cleves. What also makes this such an interesting moment in Tudor history for me is what happened after. Many readers will know that when King Henry VIII actually met Anne of Cleves, he was bitterly disappointed with her looks

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