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Friday, March 20, 2009

Plot Pivot

I'm afraid I'm still waffling around, but the basic plot line is that a minor German nobleman mortgages his property to go on crusade but unable to raise enough funds, so he marries a merchant's daughter, though he suspects the merchant is a Jew, and uses her dowry to finance the journey. The persecution of the Jews in Germany during the first crusade killed many and forced others to convert, so this is possible.

It is an inauspicious beginning to the relationship, as she is willful and not eager to be her father's pawn, and her new spouse is not interested in her other than producing an heir before leaving.

What happens? I don't know yet. I'm not even sure if the lovely couple will actually get together at the end. At one point I had considered having her husband return from the crusade with a holy relic in his mailed fist, sit at the great table, beg her to bury him with honor and fall silent. She opens his visor to find him horribly dead, eaten away with leprosy. I do like that.

But then some dashing somebody would have to be in the wings the whole time and not sure who that could be, but if she is at home the whole crusade, then a plot must be afoot... something that involves her merchant father with the debacle in Venice, and a whole lot of unladylike behavior on her part to smuggle her family out of the way, or protect that heir she produced, or something. She can stay home I suppose, but I refuse to write the damn thing if I can't write about medieval Venice.

4 comments:

Ms Kitty said...

What would a young Jewish woman's life be like, left behind with her husband taking all her money to go on crusade?

Would Daddy lock her in the closet, or would she have to scrape her way through life? How would she and heir live without a 'lord and master' to provide for them?

Couldn't she poison her husband when he came back, using the leprosy as the excuse for his death?

It's fun to play with someone else's plots! (G)

Taire said...

I like the poisoning! But he'd have to really deserve it or she'd come off as too nasty. And yes, it is fun to play with other people's plots. Sometimes that's all I read a book for!

Ms Kitty said...

Well, if he marries her for her money, knocks her up and leaves for the Holy Land for 10 years; while she has to scrape by sewing clothes or something similar - poisoning him works for me! (lol)

On other people's plots: I've got to be careful what I read these days, I've gotten pickier about what works and what doesn't.

I went through a cozy the other day with a highlighter. Caught her using passive voice, head hopping mid-paragraph, poor sentence structure, etc.

Maybe I should change genre's, try to write cozies instead of romances. hmm

Ms Kitty said...

Well, if he marries her for her money, knocks her up and leaves for the Holy Land for 10 years; while she has to scrape by sewing clothes or something similar - poisoning him works for me! (lol)

On other people's plots: I've got to be careful what I read these days, I've gotten pickier about what works and what doesn't.

I went through a cozy the other day with a highlighter. Caught her using passive voice, head hopping mid-paragraph, poor sentence structure, etc.

Maybe I should change genre's, try to write cozies instead of romances. hmm