Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Author's Inspirations - Nancy Blanton @nancy_blanton


It is my great pleasure to welcome historical fiction author, Nancy Blanton, on to the blog today to talk about her inspirations behind her latest book...

The Prince of Glencurragh 
(Due for release July 2016) 



Sex Appeal and the Earl of Ormonde
 
While researching 17th century Ireland for my historical novel, The Prince of Glencurragh, I was stopped in my tracks by an arresting portrait of James Butler, the 12th Earl of Ormonde and the 1st Duke of Ormonde.

Ascending to earldom in 1634 at just 24 years of age, this earl became the Royalist leader of the Irish confederate forces in 1649, uniting the old English nobility, Catholics, and Irish rebel soldiers in a passionate stand against English dominance that was doomed to failure under the boot of Oliver Cromwell and his army.

The portrait captures and older Ormonde, looking magnificent in ceremonial robes as he is created the first Duke of Ormonde. He wears white satin trimmed in red and blue. Delicate hands grasp lance and sword; his jaw is proud, his eyes soulful and knowing. The long golden locks affirm his noble stature and remind me of a young, proud-faced Roger Daltrey, out to change the world in his own particular way – perhaps with similar sexual energy but without Daltrey’s penchant for fisticuffs.

No less appealing would have been James’s enormous wealth and power. He was born into a family tracing back to the Norman Invasion in the 12th century. His ancestor, Theobold Walter, was named Chief Butler of Ireland, and thus the name stuck as a surname and reminder to everyone of the family’s prominence and favor under King Henry II. The family seat became the great Kilkenny Castle from which they controlled the vast kingdom of Ormonde (basically including counties Waterford, Tipperary and Limerick).

Ormonde landholdings in southwest Ireland were second only to the Desmond earldom by the 14th century. Rivalry and skirmishes between the two earldoms escalated into a private war in the 1560s, one that infuriated Queen Elizabeth I, and in part led to the first Desmond Rebellion in 1569.


When James’s father Thomas died in a shipwreck in 1619, James became the nine-year-old heir to his grandfather Walter Butler, the 11th Earl of Ormonde, and was given the courtesy title of Viscount Thurles. Walter was a devout Catholic, much to the dismay of King James I who schemed for Protestant control of Ormonde estates, imprisoned Walter for eight years, and sent James to be schooled as a Protestant by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

When the earl was released in 1625, most of his estates were restored to him. James went to live with him at his house in Drury Lane, London.

While in London, James learned the Irish language, which was to serve him well later in life; and also met his cousin Elizabeth Butler, daughter of Sir Richard Preston, Earl of Desmond. Their marriage in 1629 ended the long-standing feud between the two families.

When his grandfather died five years later, James became the earl. In 1642, he was named the Marquess of Ormonde; and, after living with the king in exile during the Commonwealth years, in 1661 Charles II created him the first Duke of Ormonde.

But wait, there is even more to Ormonde’s appeal. Most of my research has focused on James’s early life, and my favorite story thus far is about his first attendance of the Irish Parliament in 1635. The new Lord Deputy of Ireland, Thomas Wentworth, called the Parliament under King Charles I’s authorization, and was proud to have Ormonde on the roster.

In his biography of Wentworth, C.V. Wedgwood describes James Butler as a “high-hearted” nobleman: “Handsome, intelligent and valiant, he was also to the very core of his being a man of honor: loyal, chivalrous and just.”

And let’s not leave out dauntless (aka cheeky). When Wentworth ordered that the wearing of swords in Parliament would not be permitted, Ormonde told the official who tried to take his that the only way he’d get the sword was if it was “in his guts.” Wentworth summoned Ormonde before his council to answer for this behavior, and Ormonde arrived with his earl’s patent from the king. He threw it on the table. The king had made him earl, he said, and for anyone less than the king he would not ungird his sword.

“Wentworth [who was not yet an earl] conceded the force of the argument,” Wedgwood wrote.

Appealing as he was, Ormonde was not always everyone’s hero in life. As the Protestant in the family, he avoided the land confiscations that Catholic family members still suffered, and he was not above evicting Irish tenants if he believed he could earn higher rents from English ones. Still, when Ormonde died in 1688, he was lauded by poets of his time and was buried in Westminster Abbey.

In my novel, Ormonde is featured as a contemporary of the main characters who brings his significant power and influence, his chivalrous mindset, and his own agenda to the story, along with a fierce belief in fairness, justice, and love.

The Prince of Glencurragh, publishing in July 2016, is the story of an Irish warrior who abducts a young heiress to help restore his stolen heritage and build the Castle Glencurragh. He is caught in the crossfire between the most powerful nobles in Ireland, each with his own agenda. It is the stand-alone prequel to my first historical novel, Sharavogue, which begins with the arrival of Cromwell in Ireland, and follows the protagonist to her indenture on an Irish sugar plantation on the island of Montserrat, West Indies.

15 comments:

  1. I really admire the way Nancy brings history alive. I just finished Sharvogue and am looking forward to meeting The Prince of Glencurragh!

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is right up my alley Nancy. I adore stories about courageous individuals who make an impact in the world - especially in regard to fairness, justice, and love. Fascinating - thank you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Debra. I loved researching it. We like the same stuff!

      Delete
  3. Your passion to the character in infectious, gotta check out your book.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Nepal Base Camp Treks (P) Ltd (team guide) are not only provide you a perfect holiday tour services, also here to organize your trouble less trekking holidays in scenic green hills to icy peaks where reachable on foot.
    There are hundreds of best and fantastic trekking tour operators in Nepal, offer you to choose many popular trekking destinations in high Himalayas as, Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Chola Pass Gokyo Lake trek, Everest Gokyo Renjo la Pass Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Thorong La Pass Trek , Upper Mustang Trek,Annapurna Nar –Phu Hidden Valley Trek, Manaslu Circuit trek Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, Manaslu Circuit via Tsum Valley Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Gosaikund Helambu Trek, Kathmandu Valley Circuit Trek and untouched tourist destinations of Ganesh Himal Camping Trek, Tawal Earthquake Area Camping Trek, Upper Dolpa Trek, Makalu Base Camp Trek and much more… as you desirable. Base Local Trekking Company in Nepal & get best deal power point trekking Agency in Nepal

    ReplyDelete
  5. Annapurna Base Camp Trek most likely the simplest legendary and classical treks within the world offers to breathe stopping Mountain read, provide a chance to expertise the everyday Nepali village, native folks and their method of living ancient life in Himalaya of Kingdom of Nepal. The Annapurna Base Camp route goes passing through spectacular and tranquil landscapes, charming Gurung and Magar villages, lush inexperienced bush, bamboo and alpine forests to the trip’s last and final destination, Annapurna Base Camp at the peak of 4130m (13546ft.)Natural and Classic Annapurna Base Camp Trek, The path is equally a delight for natural experiences. On the third day of our trekking, we tend to leave our baggage in building at Ghorepani for Poon Hill excursion before dawn to catch the spectacular sunrise. Poon Hill is one in all the simplest read points during this trek for a sunrise view and mountain view. Mount Dhaulagiri, the Annapurna vary and Mount Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Mountain) to the northern half and also the Butterfly Peaks within the way western half are all visible from atop Poon Hill. (SHOULD YOU SAY one thing concerning WHAT YOU SEE after you reach basic principle, during this part?). Finding yourself within the base large Annapurna I (8091m) with 360 degrees Mountain read is topping lovely that's on the far side your imagination that's associate lingering period of time mountain vacation expertise in the Kingdom of Nepal. There is a natural outpouring close to Jhinu Danda, you'll cleanse yourself spiritually in natural hot springs with bathing areas within the lap of the mountains. Locals believe that the waters have a healing quality that eases away your aches and pains. The locals encounter in Annapurna Base Camp Route are combine ethnic groups; there are Brahmans and Chhetris in lower elevations and Mongoloid range of mountains folks in Himalaya. largely there are Gurung and Magar folks within the space noted for Gurkha regiment. If you'd wish to explore additional cultural and ancient heritages in Himalaya then wild Excursion counsel you to trek to Langtang, Manaslu, and mountain peak region. however little doubt that Annapurna is that the best for scenery as some 55000 folks trek there per annum.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Why Trekking in Nepal Nepal?, a land of high hills, mountains, raging rivers and verdant deep jungles of

    Terai & its rich lifestyle makes one of the most sought locations inside the map of the world. a destination for all season as

    it's miles one of the most numerous and varied international locations on this planet a unique us of a nestled inside the

    excellent snow capped variety is some other advent of the mom earth and it embraces worlds' 8 highest peaks from mt.everest,

    mt.kanchenjonga, mt.lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu to Annapurna massive. nepal is likewise the beginning

    location of Buddha (light of Asia). The Buna Treks is Local Base Under Nepal Government Trekking Agency in Nepal. blessed with wealthy nature, the brilliant Himalayan in Nepal

    range stretches from the far north-west to the way east where the worlds highest 8th eight-thousanders are in Nepal. nepal

    gives a enthralling adventure with enough time to wonder the encompassing beautiful landscapes and immerse with its warm human

    beings, imparting you full of range and enchantment from the low lands of Gangetic plains and its verdant dense jungle where

    the endangered species of Royal Bengal tigers and the one-horned rhinoceros roam, to the mythical yak and yeti trail to

    Everest.as the adventure and leisure tourism was hooked up in view that late 1960 and 70’s quality travel & trekking

    enterprise have mushroomed by using a tourism professionals Nepalese, and were leading countless of adventure trips in the

    course of Himalaya consisting of rafting, mountain climbing also organize adventure trekking, and entertainment trips which

    includes tailor-made itineraries for own family, college companies and company executives. Many of Trekking Company in Nepal are not perfect trip dealing, they have not enough Experienced.

    Trekking in Nepal, Nepal is domestic to community of trails also known as the amazing

    Himalaya trails, an extensive trail gadget that covers Nepal from humble and Darchula within the west to Kanchenjunga in the

    east. the range of Trekking in Nepal cannot be located in any other location of the world. in fact, the lowest factor in

    Nepal is fifty-nine m above sea-level inside the terai location even as the very best point is Everest, eight,848 m above

    sea-level, the two factors are, in a direct line, most effective two hundred kilometers aside. the majority of visitors to

    Nepal are available through the Tribhuvan international airport in Kathmandu. it's far in Kathmandu that trekkers want to

    accumulate their permits and other documentation, both from a trekking agent or from the best places of work. those files will

    be checked along the hiking route. for people with little time to spend in Nepal, there are half of-day hikes from Kathmandu

    to witness breathtaking Himalayan Trekking in Nepal perspectives in any other case

    trek for weeks over stunning tough mountain passes. as much as the mid-1960s just a few trekkers had generally visited Nepal

    and lower back then as part of corporations of excursion fans. the various huge expeditions of the day recommended trekkers to

    join up in an try to help balance the investment.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking is freshly open trekking path in Manaslu region. Manaslu Tsum Valley trekking supply stunning Himalayan views of Mt. Manaslu 8163m, Mt. mountain peak 8167m, Mt. Annapurna8091m, twenty-three different mountain peaks, stunning landscape, Tsum Valley and mixed Nepalese culture. Manaslu Tsum Valley trek could be a sacred Everest Trekking Routes circled by the Baudha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the South and Sringi Himal to the north. Tsum Valley trekking is finite by 3 high passes Ngula Dhoj Hyang (5093 m.) to the west and Yamdro Pass (5326 m). Tsum word comes from the Tibetan word 'Tsombo', which suggests vividly. Manaslu tsum natural depression trekking tour is restricted trekking in the Kingdom of Nepal and needed special trekking to allow through legal Nepal trekking agency and minimum 2 people participant obligatory trekking in Manaslu Tsum natural depression space. The smart good shape and minimum 3 we tend treks vacation needed for Tsum Valley Trekking, however, Everest Trekking Routes prepare customized trekking service as per trekkers want and vacation schedule. Fall & spring season is the best time trekking in Tsum natural depression, however, we tend to ETR prepare around the year as per trekkers vacation schedule.Manaslu Tsum Valley trekking begins at Arughat Bazaar Gorkha once 6-7 hours drive from Kathmandu. Everest Trekking Routes trekking guide LED through stunning Valley of Machhikhola, Jagat Lakpa River Dupchet and at last reach the Tsum natural depression. Tsum natural depression Trekking has completely different choices Manaslu Circuit Larke larke la pass trekking, Tsum Valley, Manaslu circuit trekking, Manaslu Rupina La pass trekking or solely Tsum natural depression trek begin from Arughat and finish at the same place. Ordinarily, inhabitation / tented trekking is additional appropriate and cozy for Manaslu Tsum Valley trekking however currently a day’s tea house/lodge trekking is worn out this space. We tend to Everest Trekking Routes prepare either tea house or inhabitation trekking as per trekkers want and need. We’ve mentioned below 3 completely different choices trekking in Manaslu tsum Valley, however, trekking itinerary style in keeping with travelers/trekker’s demand.the part of Annapurna and Ganesh Himal between Wilderness and Restricted area of Nepal.


    ReplyDelete
  8. When you want search engine optimization in bangalore , you need to choose best seo company who can help to achieve results

    ReplyDelete
  9. Are You looking for Trekking in Nepal? If you haven't, then you're seriously missing out! Not solely is it a fine looking journey, however it additionally Journey Nepal Adventure Leaking. The land of the Himalayas, Nepal presents wonders that area unit breath-taking. From the chain of mountains landscapes to the wealthy cultural attribute, trekking in Nepal is really a wonderful deed. Visit lovely ethnic chain of mountains settlements and villages. visit destinations at beautiful watercourse valleys hard boring distinctive terrains. Walk on winding trails passing through heavenly alpine forests and inexperienced pastures. Trekking in the Himalayas may be a marvel that's undeniably awe-inspiring! Best Trekking in Agency Nepal holidays square measure fearless leisure pursuits for people that need some ‘real fun’ in their hard-earned break. Trekking and hiking, a journey on foot to mountainous areas are analogous to hiking, except treks cowl a bigger distance. The Kingdom of Nepal offers a spread of each technical and nontechnical walks across its fantastically numerous tract. because of its growing quality among hikers and trekkers, the Kingdom of Nepal at this time is witnessing a
    boom within the business enterprise trade for trekking and hiking. The Journey Nepal Adventure is Small Business Trekking Agency in Nepal, which is Self Guide and Tour Operator has Been setting Local Running Trekking Company in Nepal. All Professional and Mountaineering Staff and well Training Base Himalayan kingdom of Nepal.Are You
    Looking For Best Trekking Agency in Nepal
    Journey Nepal Adventure Pvt. Ltd. is government register agency (licensed Mountain Guide team) in the Nepalese Himalayas Ranges… After working 10 years (since 2008) on the tough trails for several years as a mountain staff crew, and working so hard to develop our fluency in English languages, We became a guide in the year 2008 to 2016. We have spent the past 10years as a professional Himalaya
    trekking guide, working for several Popular Trekking Company in Nepal; we have now decided to work as an independent guide and self-leading to provide all our
    national and international clients, who like to enjoy their Himalaya trekking holidays tour with us (https://www.journeynepaladv.com)

    ReplyDelete
  10. 14 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek high light trekking route in Manaslu Trekking Packages, and magical beaten track of hidden Valley Manaslu Larke La Pass 5150m. After Annapurna Circuit Trekking Most of Trekkers are thinking about the round Manaslu Trekking. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is restricted area of Special Trekking Path in Nepal and day by day Trekkers Demand increased and also develops lodge accommodation and foods. There is some option if some of trekkers has more holidays and want to see nicer Himalayan tropical villages Monastery and Trans Himalayan people they can select Manslu Tsum Valley Trek. That can make both destination combined Tsum Valley and Manaslu Base Cam with Lark La Pass. The Manaslu Trekking is little more expensive than others Trekking Routes, Because those trekkers who are interest to go Round Manslu Larke la pass or Manaslu Tsum Valley they have to buy four type of Trekking Permits as Manaslu conservation area of Project (MCAP), Manaslu Restricted Permit, Tsum Valley Restricted Permit and Annapurna Conservation Area of Project (ACAP).
    Everest Trekking Routes has Professional Mountain Guide Team works with all Expert Local Porters those who are real typical himalayan people. our Expert Trekking Guide has well train and Best Packages Selling Trekking in Nepal. and now Highly Popular Manaslu Trekking which is short and suitable trip in Nepal.
    14 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek Start from Kathmandu to Arughat to Sotikhola by Public bus or Jeep and Trek to Machhakhola, Jagat, Filim, Deng, Namrung, Lho, Sama Gaun, Samdo, Larke La Pass, Bhimtang, Gho, Tilje, Dharapani and Drive to Besi sahar to Kathmandu. During this trip can get amazing Himalayan flavor with outstanding white Himalayan scenery which of eight top high peak Manaslu Expedition and Ganesh Himal, Singi Himal, Annapurna II, Annapurna IIII, gangapurna, Lamjung and Many Others Trekking Peaks. Everest Trekking Routes Selling 14 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek full board Packages Kathmandu to Kathmandu. If anyone interest can contact us directly thank you.
    Email: info@everesttrekkingroutes.com
    www.everesttrekkingroutes.com
    www.adventuremountainguide.net

    ReplyDelete
  11. Namaste Dear Valuables Trekkers and Climber Well, Adventure Everest Team is Mainly Organized Peak Climbing and Everest Expedition in Nepal and also those where are most popular Trekking Route as well. The Basically Everest base camp Trek, Everest Chola Pass Trek and Gokyo LakeTrek, Everest Three pass trek, Phaplu to Everest Base Camp and Everest Panorama Trek. These trip are most popular and Best Hiking in Nepal. the Trip start from lukla to Lukla or phaplu to all the way up everest base camp return to lukla fly back to Kathmandu.
    Adventure Everest Team is local base and Under Nepal government license holder Trekking Agency in Nepal which is more the 20 Years Experienced in this tourism industry. Base Full Board Packages Selling and Mostly Organized Peak Climbing Expedition in nepal. The Island Peak Climbing, Lobuche Peak Climbing, Ramdung Peak Climbing, Amadablam Expedition in nepal. there are not that lead to Adventure type of Expedition. we do have Mt Everest Expedition, Lhotse Expedition, Pumori Expedition, Nuptse Expedition, Barutse Expedition and Many Others Expedition in Nepal. these all trip are east part of Nepal. Mr Kul Bahadur Tamang run by Local Trekking Company in Nepal. as Professional team and Most of the Climbing guide are already maded Everest Expedition and over 8000 meters. and license holder Mountain Guide. Generarly Mr Kul run Hotel in Dingboche Good luck make happy to all of Clients and combine both Trekking Company in Nepal. The main aim is how to make happy all of valuable clients those who are travelling in Nepal. Secondary trip selling in Annapurna Region which is most popular trip Annapurna Base Camp Trek, mardi himal trek, Annapurna Circuit trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek, manaslu Tsum Valley Trek, Upper Mustang Trek, Kanchenjunga Trek, Upper Dolpo trek and Rara Lake Trek. these trip is South Part of Nepal. Chulu West peak Climbing and Chulu East Peak Climbing is very general and Popular Trekking Peak Climbing in Nepal.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Very good book. Thank you. I love teaching history. I think there is no future without history. Do you think you can use it creative writing prompts for high school students.Will this help children in learning?

    ReplyDelete
  13. Namaste Dear Visitor, we are web design and development team of Ganesh Himal Technology Web Designing Company in Nepal. we are base Location at khusibu, Kathmandu Nepal. Nepal Under Government License holder Web Development Company in Kathmandu. So we start our business since 2008 to till as regular service to Web Designing, Web Development, Domain Registration, Web hosting, Content Writing and SEO Services for Trekking Agency, Hotel, Main Power, Collage, Consultancy, NGO and INGO many others sector. We have a Professional Team of Web Designer and Developer over 12 Years of hard work with the latest technology to development. not only competition local The the market we have the best services worldwide. which is more popular and new technology. So Ganesh Himal Technology serviceWeb Designing in Nepal. and Web Development in Nepal. and also Content writing in Nepal. and Domain registration, Web Hosting in Nepal. Mobile App Development as Android and IOS. we are using to Getaway Payment system E-commerce Solution for Online Payment. So if anyone interest to Web Design in Nepal. Please, no need hesitate to talk and enquiry. this is our official Cell no:+977-9843467921 and Email: info@ganeshhimaltech.com and Website: www.ganeshhimaltech.com

    ReplyDelete

See you on your next coffee break!
Take Care,
Mary Anne xxx