Category: history

Shirabyōshi dancers in the diary of Lady Sarashina

For a very small and specific part of the novel, I decided to research the role of a specific kind of dancers in medieval Japan, called shirabyōshi. As it happens, their role and characteristics are highly romanticized (i.e., objectified) by male authors of the time: they’re often portrayed as femmes fatales and seductresses, and this […]

Omoba Aina: the Yoruba daughter of Queen Victoria

Being set on a Dutch East India Company ship, the story I’m writing has to deal with the appalling crimes perpetrated by this and the other trading companies throughout history. And, since I aim to write a Gothic novel, what’s more fitting than an imprisoned princess? The idea, drawing from literature tropes and aiming to […]

Jane the Fool

When we think about Court Fools, the mind immediately associates them with jesters. We might think of capers, jokes and, eventually, physical disability. This is, however, a concept that was consolidated in Elizabethan times, and there’s a portion of Early Reinassance in which another kind of fool was mostly popular: the innocent. Today we take […]