Wednesday, January 28, 2009

research and finer details

I am very grateful to my dear friend Mrs Wainwright who is feeding me wonderfully useful historical information - the latest, a very fuzzy ancient drawing of the layout to Glamis castle circa 11th century. The astonishing thing is, it's EXACTLY how I imagined the rooms and the placement (just as well, eh?). So, like the character Margaret (Malcolm's wife) who turned out to be a saint in real life (which I didn't know about until after I wrote of her), these true pictures just confirm for me that I am not alone in writing this story. (cue spooky music).

I have now finished the SFD of the final ten chapters and am making my way through them again to get it to a point of being at least half way decent for my intrepid, knife weilding readers.

I drank coffee tonight at a friend's place at 9pm so, in a completely out of character moment, I am still awake and working on the book. Whether I get up at my usual 5am will depend on whether the glass of wine I'm sipping has more power over the cats!


Glamis Castle said...

Hi there,

I read with interest the bit about the drawing of Glamis Castle in the 11th century. The truth is there was no castle here until after 1372 - that's the year in which the King of Scotland (Robert II) granted thaneage to Sir John Lyon.

During the 11th century the building that stood on the site was an ancient Royal hunting lodge used by the Kings. It was also the place where King Malcolm II (grandfather of Macbeth and Duncan) died.

Shakespeare did, however, have some just reasons for calling Glamis 'Macbeth's castle'.

Gill C
Business Manager
Glamis Castle

fleance (aka TK Roxborogh) said...

And such is the fine line I walk between true history and the world created by Shakespeare in Macbeth. As Banquo's son is the sequel to the play, I am using the characters and settings he created for the world of my novel.

Thrilled you stopped by.