Debbie Lynne Costello has enjoyed writing stories since she was about eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina. She has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children’s Director. Debbie Lynne has shown and raised Shetland Sheepdogs for eighteen years and still enjoys litters now and then. In their spare time, she and her husband take pleasure in camping and riding their Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses.
After the death of her cruel father, Brithwin is determined never again to live under the harsh rule of any man. Independent and resourceful, she longs to be left alone to manage her father’s estate. But she soon discovers a woman has few choices when the king decrees she is to marry Royce, the Lord of Rosencraig. As if the unwelcome marriage isn’t enough, her new husband accuses her of murdering his family, and she is faced with a challenge of either proving her innocence or facing possible execution.
Royce of Hawkwood returns home after setting down a rebellion to find his family brutally murdered. When all fingers point to his betrothed and attempts are made on his life, Royce must wade through murky waters to uncover the truth. Yet Brithwin’s wise and kind nature begin to break down the walls of his heart, and he soon finds himself in a race to discover who is behind the evil plot before Brithwin is the next victim.
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Henry, Thank you for having me on your blog! I’m looking forward to talking with your readers. My new release is a medieval, so I thought it would be fun to do a time line of Events, Foods, and Inventions. My story is set in Cumberland, England in 1398. I hope you enjoy seeing what things were invented or discovered before and after my story was set. A little bit of a disclaimer. I’ve tried to check and double check dates on these but with the internet there are many variations.
As much as I love history, sometimes when I get back into those early centuries, the events become a blur for me. I’m always shocked by the time of an invention or event when I read! Oh, for a better memory!!
1328 – The first war for Scottish Independence- This war ends with a victory for Scotland. The Treaty of Edinburgh and Northampton is signed.
1347 – The Black Death sends it fury on Europe for the very first time. It is estimated that 20%-40% of the people die within the first year alone. The Black Death would return again and again eventually taking as much as 50% of Europe’s population.
1380 – Chaucer begins writing one of his greatest works, The Canterbury Tales.
1381 –The peasants of England revolt.
1381 –John Wycliffe translates the Bible into the English language.
1399 –Richard II abdicates the throne to Henry IV of England. This ends the Plantagenet Dynasty and begins the Lancaster reign.
1415 –The Battle of Agincourt is the turning point of the Hundred Years’ War. Henry V defeats the French army largely due to the new English longbow.
1431 –The capture, trial, and execution of Joan of Arc.
1439 –The printing press is invented by Johannes Gutenberg making printed material more accessible in Europe.
1452 –Leonardo da Vinci is born
1453 –The Hundred Years’ War comes to an end.
The food timeline just about blew me away! I couldn’t resist going much earlier than when my story was set. Pretzels in the 7th century! Now keep in mind we may not call the food item the same thing they did but what is important is that they had been invented. Also, note that though the food was invented at this time it may not have been in all countries.
7th century –pretzels There are many accounts on the origin of pretzels, I’ve seen claim of them being around as early as the 5th century. What most do agree on is that the pretzel comes from a Christian background and was invented by German monks. One story tells that they were made as special little treats for the children.
9th century –coffee
13th century –ravioli, lasagna, mozzarella cheese, waffles, and pancakes
14th century scrambled eggs, quacamole, pie, trenchers, crumpets, applesauce (used as sauce on meats!), fried cheese sticks (sorry American restaurants you weren’t the inventor of cheese sticks), gingerbread
15th century –pork and beans (and I thought Campbells invented that!), jelly, jams, and preserves, doughnuts, and hotdogs (Ack! Tell me it isn’t so, Oscar Meyer)
1250 – Robert Bacon invents his gunpowder formula
1250 –Sawmills become widespread in Europe
1268 – 1289 –first eyeglasses invented
1295 –Italy begins modern glass making
1364 – first known gun (according to PBS but I also seen 1250)
1389 –handguns are used across Europe
1400 –first golfball
1410 –Jan van Eyck re-invents oil paints
1450 –Nicholas of Cusa developes spectacles with polished lenses for nearsighted people
1465 –Printing press with movable parts is invented by Johannes Gutenberg
1475 – Italy and Germany have muzzle-loaded rifles
1485 – The first parachute is invented by Leonardo da Vinci
1492 –da Vinci theorizes about flying machines
1494 –Whiskey made in Scotland (whiskey is Gaelic for “water of life”)
1498 –Rifling principle in guns is discovered
I hope you enjoyed the timeline. I’m giving away a copy of my new release, Sword of Forgiveness to one lucky winner! To be entered, just ask me a question or answer the question, which of these dates surprised you the most? Choice of paperback or kindle to the Continental U.S. anyone outside of that a kindle version.