Historical Fantasy

Margaret Ball margaret at onr.com
Thu Sep 16 21:36:27 EDT 2004

>Doh!! Should it be a rule that historical novels
>may not be written about people with silly names?
>You can hardly blame poor Ms Bradshaw for what
>Cleopatra chose to name her son! 

Amen. You haven't lived till you've tried to write a scene involving 
three different characters, all real, all nicely recorded in history, 
and all named William.

Margaret's Law of Twelfth Century Nomenclature: All men are named 
William, all women are named either Maud or Matilda, and Maud and 
Matilda are used interchangeably. Except for men in the south of France, 
who are all named Raymond.

Margaret Ball

“Americans treat their language with a furiously abundant energy – contriving two words for the price of one, hooking up unlikely neighbors with a hyphen, turning nouns into verbs and verbs into nouns – and generally beating the hell out of it.”

-Pamela Frankau

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