Friday, October 8, 2010

Serenades Through History

I ask you, what can be more romantic than a serenade beneath your window? Even Romeo knew that, when courting Juliet. Do fraternities still serenade freshman girls below their dorm windows? I hope so, because scenes like that are the moments that make memories.

During the 13th century, singers and performers played an active role in politics, writing poems of praise to a leader, or creating satirical plays about local politicians. Not to be outdone, there were also women composers of courtly love songs. The women were known as troubaritz, and they wrote songs and sometimes performed them in court or at secular public gatherings.

In my October release, The Tapestry Shop, the main character, Adam, is a trouvere, a poet/musician in northern France, similar to the troubadours of southern France. His songs draw the attention of a magistrate, which leads to a trail of difficulties. Later, when Adam meets Catherine in a tapestry shop, there is an instant attraction, but he later learns that she will join the crusades, a mission he does not support.

Do any of you have a memory of being sung to? If so, I’d love to hear about it, so leave a comment. Who knows? You may find yourself in one of my books, wearing a low-necked crimson gown trimmed with seed pearls, being entertained by a troubadour.

Snippets from early reviews for The Tapestry Shop:

from Renaissance Magazine:  “The Tapestry Shop” brilliantly illuminates the nuances of daily medieval life … is highly recommended and will convince the reader to set out on a quest in search of additional historical fiction novels by Joyce Elson Moore.

from Romance Reviews Today:  …meticulously researched … Beautifully written, this is an excellent novel for the fan of historical fiction.


Emma Lai said...

Serenades are great. There's something romantic about being sung to...most of time. My most memorable serenade actually made me realize a BIG mistake I'd made. However, the story's too sad to share...especially when we're talking about romance.

So back to serenades. I love to hear a deep, masculine voice singing a romantic song. It resonates with something deep inside. :)

Jacqueline Seewald said...

First of all, Joyce, congrats on the excellent reviews! Couldn't be better or more deserved!

Now for troubadors. I must hang out with a very unromantic crowd. No fellow ever sang to me. However, I have a good singing voice and sing for my husband all the time and he does love it.

Jacqueline Seewald
TEA LEAVES AND TAROT CARDS, historical romance

Joyce Elson Moore said...

Emma Lai; Nice to see you here! Gee, sorry to bring up bad memories, but maybe it was a blessing in disguise if you learned from it. I agree about the masculine voice. Maybe Il Divo?

Joyce Elson Moore said...

Hi Jacqueline: Then you're serenading him--same thing, so see, you ARE a romantic. My husband grew up in Virginia, so had some of his southern accent left, and I loved to hear him sing while we were driving.