When it comes to the early Middle Ages, history is heavily mitigated with myths and legends. Since most official records are long lost, whatever oldest manuscripts remain became official history. Furthermore, modern archeologists now believe many legends had their origins in historical facts and they are searching for evidence of King Arthur and other mythical figures. Since the recent discovery of the legendary city of Troy, we now realize that even the most extraordinary legends may have their basis in historical facts.
As I researched the ancient folklore of many little French towns I found essentially myths of the fascinating kind. The tower of Vouvant, south of Bretagne, was built in one night by a Fae to protect the town from the invaders… of course upon close inspection, the tower in question was first built with a square foundation, then destroyed and rebuilt as a round tower, then rebuilt again with a different type of stones, each time with a slightly different style of architecture. Nevertheless, the legend remains.
Do I believe the tower was built in one night through magic? Maybe not. But as far as my novels are concerned, I’m sticking to the mythology and legends: the original square tower of Vouvant was first built in one night by Melusine the Fae. Case closed. Whoever says otherwise will have to provide proof to the contrary. Good luck with that!
Then I realized that the same Melusine reappeared several times in history, centuries apart, with the same curse and the same recurring theme. Thus was born the idea for the Curse of the Lost Isle series.
Book One – PRINCESS OF BRETAGNE
Book Two – PAGAN QUEEN
Book Three – SEDUCING SIGEFROI
Book Four – LADY OF LUXEMBOURG
Book Five – CHATELAINE OF FOREZ
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