To Warwick and England! – WIPpet Wednesday

After the excesses of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend with a family meal, lunch out with friends, and not to mention a few chocolate eggs, it seems appropriate to post an extract from Time Shifters  that takes place towards the end of a feast at Warwick Castle. It’s the night before the Earl of Warwick and his soldiers march into battle and Maisie – after being time shifted along with school bully Lizzie to the year 1471 – has been forced into serving wine all night to rowdy soldiers in Warwick Castle’s Great Hall. So, in celebration of it being the 3rd April, I give you three paragraphs from chapter 3 of my children’s novel.

Towards the end of the evening the important looking man stood up to a fanfare of trumpets and everyone fell silent. I stayed in the shadows at the edge of the hall and watched as he raised his cup.

“We leave at dawn to join the Earl of Warwick and his army!” he roared. The soldiers leapt to their feet and with their cups raised high, yelled along with him. “To Warwick and England!”

I knew I recognised the year 1471. The man he was talking about, the Earl of Warwick, was the Kingmaker and we were in the middle of the War of the Roses. A few hours ago I was reading about him in my Warwick Castle booklet and now one of his men was in front of me getting his soldiers fired up for battle.

If you’d like to write your own WIPpet Wednesday post then choose an extract from your current work in progress that relates in some way to the day – 3 lines, paragraphs or even just 3 words from from page 3 or chapter 3 – simple! Once you’ve posted it, add your link to the clever linky thing over on K L Schwengel’s blog and have a read of some excellent WIPpets whilst you’re there.

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  1. That would be scary! I wouldn’t want to be there.

  2. What a predicament to find yourself in! I always wanted to time travel back to the middle ages. But there’s a tiny, realistic part of my brain that points out things like the above snippet. Um. . . you may end up some time you don’t want to be. But, I agree, kids are much more resilient.

    • Time traveling to the middle ages would be fascinating but there’s definitely an unsavoury and rather scary side to that period of history!

  3. This is so exciting Kate! I like how you’ve had the children learning about the War of the Roses and now being transported back in time and finding themselves in the middle of it.

  4. Yes their history lesson has certainly come to life – good thing they were paying attention to that booklet! And a very good way to ground them in time. Another enjoyable WIPpet!

  5. My boys and I listened to a book called Time Pirate in the car once. Have you read it? Time travel + historical fiction … reminds me of what you’re doing here. Nice job!

  6. Definitely not a situation I’d like to find myself in. Sounds like your characters are in for some interesting times!

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