Nostrum, Episode 2 Released

 

Episode two picks up where episode one left off, with Edward, Tristan and a nun tied to a tent pole. The three of them are in a place called Edwardstone, in Suffolk, just outside of a church devoted to St. Mary the Virgin. The village and church are both real, although I took some liberties with the size of the church. There is no gallery from which choirs would sing, and there is only one aisle, on the north side of the church. Despite its small size, the building is quite beautiful, as you can see from the images. It was built on the site of an older Saxon church and has been updated and expanded several times — in the 15th century, the 19th century and the 20th century. It most likely would have been even smaller in Edward’s days, but I like to think the interior would have looked the way I described it, with carved angel corbels and the like.

The ceilings of the church are of a simple tie-beam style, but the beams are gorgeously old. Have a look at that crazy, wonky beam on the right. It looks to be an original 13th century beam. Not straight, but beautiful and efficient. It did the job. Maybe the church builders understood that churches, like people, should embrace their imperfections.

There is paneling on the back wall of the nave, but alas, there is no misericorde. That’s not to say that there never was. The beauty of writing about time long-ago time periods is that you can imagine it as you think it would have been. There is no one to say that you are wrong. And speaking of me not being wrong, do you see the wrought iron chandeliers hanging from the roof? Those have been there for at least five hundred years and, before being electrified, once held candles. Can you imagine the body of a plaguer setting them swinging? There is no place for the imagination quite like a church.

So what do you think? Does the church look like what you imagined? Did you enjoy the episode? I’m anxious to hear from all of you.

Annabelle proselytizing on the carved pulpit.

Edwardstone: A small village that is difficult to find.

St. Mary’s has only one aisle, but I had to pay $30 to renew my poetic license this year and I figured I should use it =)

Despite the violence in the episode, St. Mary’s in Edwardstone is one of the most peaceful churches I have visited. Annabelle and I sat in the grass for more than an hour without realizing it.

2 thoughts on “Nostrum, Episode 2 Released

  1. My favorite LC (aka Literary Crack) dealer has delivered and once again, holy crack, was it good!!! Two thoughts I wanted to share with you:
    1) I am about to have a serious fan girl crush on one of characters here. I just haven’t decided on which one. I love loyal, honorable and romantic Edward. But I simply adore Tristan who is also loyal and honorable AND he has such a sick, twisted sense of humor that just touches me, you know..?
    2) About effect of women’s tear on men is just too funny. I was laughing so hard when Edward and Tristan were trying to calm crying Belisencia, there may have been a tear or two on my cheeks afterward. But seriously, does it really discombobulate and discomfort men as much as they claim it does? Maybe I will try it on my husband next time when I run out of legitimate argument and don’t want to admit that he may be right.
    Thanks for another installment of super awesome storytelling. Will start counting my finger again until next delivery! :)

    • Hi Kelly! Is awesome that you like them both. It’s funny, because they are so different from one another and yet they are such good friends. Morgan was a bit of an outsider, but he found his place among them, and I really miss him. And yes, crying is Kryptonite for men. Although its power weakens the more women use it, so use it wisely! Thanks so much for the feedback. Please keep bringing it. Hearing from readers is the best jolt of motivation any writer can get.