Monday, March 22, 2021

Sword of Trust FINALLY Releases!

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Have you ever wondered why we've always heard that men are taller than our predecessors? I've read and heard that our ancestors were short and just assumed that meant every generation before us, but that just isn't the case.


According to the book, The Year 1000 by Robert Lacey & Danny Danziger, one of the first things noticed about people living in or around the year 1000 is they were tall--very much like we are today. 


The truth is we are taller than most of our more recent ancestors (1700-1900). Georgian and Victorian England residents, who were malnourished and overcrowded, did not have the good health nor the stature by the end of the twentieth century that we share today with our access to food and medicine.


So when we picture those knights in shining armor as tall and muscular, good news, you are correct! According to Lacy & Danzinger, nine out of ten people lived in the country. A lush green and unpolluted land that provided plentiful food and nourishment, allowing the medieval man to grow strong limbs and very healthy teeth. So that knight who is the hero, guess what? He really does have a full set of white teeth!



If these people were so healthy one would think they'd live as long as we do, but here the differences are drastic. Life was short. A simple cut or wound could take a person's life. In the medieval time period, an illness or childhood disease that today we can stop with a visit to the doctor could spread like a fire and wipe out a whole village.



Because of this, a boy of twelve years of age was considered old enough to swear an oath to the king. Young girls were married off in their early teens to much older men. Life expectancy was almost half of what it is today. Most people died in their forties, and for a person to reach into their fifties was quite impressive and they were revered.

Goodness, no wonder the population has exploded. As the centuries passed, people began living longer and longer. Today it is not unusual to see people reach 100 years of age or close to it.

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Deirdre Mackenzie has spent her life hiding from her father and hating the English. However, when she is caught stealing from an English laird, his unexpected kindness begins to melt away her hatred and strums lonely heartstrings longing for love. Bryce Warwick discovers the “boy” caught with his livestock is actually a young woman. After several attempts to lure the truth from her, he determines she is as deceitful as his late fiancĂ©e who nearly cost him his life. But the woman is the least of his worries with the turbulence brought on by threats of another border war and by King Richard's distrust of the nobles.
With old wounds in need of healing and adversaries who would ruin their chances at true love, both must learn to trust in a way they never knew possible.
The stakes are high, secrets prevail, and treason is just a kiss away.


A broken heart, a controlling father, and an intrusive Scot leave Charlotte Jackson reeling. Accused of stealing an heirloom pin, she must choose between an unwanted marriage and the ruin of her family name. With the futures of her three younger sisters at stake, as well as her own reputation, Charlotte must navigate through injustice to find forgiveness and true happiness. Eager to find the traitor that caused the death of his brother, Duncan Mackenzie comes to America and attempts to fit in with Charleston society. But when the headstrong Charlotte catches his eye, Duncan takes on a second mission—acquiring the lass's hand. After being spurned several times, he uses unconventional ways of winning her heart.





 


22 comments:

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    1. I know, Susan! It makes writing my heroes so much more fun knowing that they really could be tall!

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  2. Love the pictures and the blog post! Your books are so well written.

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    1. I had heard about our ancestors being shorter. I wonder just how short they were, haha!

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    2. Thank you, Sonja! I don't remember how tall. I want to say they were around 5'8" but don't hold me to it!

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  3. interesting post
    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  4. We have some really tall people in our family too! Several who are 6'6", one of my son's being one of them. :-) Love this history you shared, Debbie Lynne!!! And the book is soooo good!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Anne! Wow! 6'6' That is awesome! Mine are all around 6' including Joe.

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  5. How interesting, Debbie Lynne! Congratulations on your newest book--I love the cover. Great look for the whole series. :)

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    1. Thank you, LInore! I was really happy with what they did with the cover!

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  6. Love this series! Congratulations again!

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  7. Debbie Lynne, Congratulations on your release! I love the horse in the first photo.

    Blessings and ((((HUGS))))

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    1. Thank you!! That was a Renaissance festival joust we went to. So much fun!

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  8. I'm thankful for access to good healthcare today! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  9. Thanks for an interesting post. My husband is 6 feet tall and even though my daddy was probably 5'11", his father was much taller. Not sure about the generations before them. I do believe that women today are much taller. My daughter is about 5'11" and her seven year old daughter is on track to be as tall, or taller. I admire them!
    Congratulations on this new book. I loved it!!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, Connie! It does make one wonder if it is because of healthier diets and also health care, keeping us healthy!

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  10. This book looks really good. I was surprised by the height thing. I also thought that previous generations were smaller.

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    1. Hey Susan!!!! Thanks for coming by! I was really surprised when I read that in the book. But it is a book that is highly respected for accuracy.

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