: fantasy monarchies
jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Sun Feb 2 15:23:49 EST 2003
--- Margaret Ball <margaret at onr.com> wrote:
> That last one, though, makes me think of an
> extremely good and
> undervalued novel: Diana Norman's _Fitzempress'
> Law_. Anybody here read
> it? She catapults four modern teenagers back into
> the mid-twelfth
> century. And one of them is a peaant. And she makes
> it interesting. In
> fact, the whole book is fun. She doesn't lean hard
> on the time-travel
> trick at the beginning, I think that was just a
> device allowing her to
> describe twelfth-century life from the point of view
> of an outsider. I
> think my favorite scene is the one where one of the
> characters gets
> wounded in a tournament and tells his solicitous
> friends, "Stop! Nobody
> touches that wound untill they've washed their hands
> and boiled the
> knives....uhhh....that is.....it's a charm my old
> nurse taught me."
Another interesting example of this type of book (a
sub-genre which goes back to Mark Twain) is a novel by
Turtledove and Tarr which I and others have talked
about here a little while ago - I forget the title -
"Household gods" perhaps??. Here the heroine is
hampered by her almost total lack of knowledge of how
our society works (very annoying in a suposedly well
educated woman), but here also, part of the point of
the book is to question our ways of doing things.
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