Mercedes Rochelle

About me

Born in St. Louis MO with a degree from University of Missouri, Mercedes Rochelle learned about living history as a re-enactor and has been enamored with historical fiction ever since. A move to New York to do research and two careers ensued, but writing fiction remains her primary vocation. She lives in Sergeantsville, NJ with her husband in a log home they had built themselves.

From my website

The Lords Appellant Part 1

Arundel, Gloucester, Nottingham, Derby, and Warwick, Before the King Source: Wikimedia Although the word appellant in modern terms refers to a petitioner appealing to a higher court, when it comes to the fourteenth century the whole concept takes a left turn. First of all, you always see the words Lords…

Book Review: THE SONS OF GODWINE by Frank Watson

As if writing a trilogy of historical novels about one of the most important epochs of the western world wasn’t a large enough task, Mercedes Rochelle in Sons of Godwine adds an additional challenge: Various members of the Godwine family each tell the story in their own voices. Godwine was…

What was Livery and Maintenance (or Retaining)?

Medieval court scene from BL MS Harley 4375 f.141. Source: Wikipedia Livery and Maintenance went hand-in-hand with chivalry, and created problems throughout the high middle ages. Once I realized that “retaining” was the verb for “retainer” I started to get the idea. The noble or king had his retainers, who…

 
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