Cecelia Holland 6/23/2011
I love doing research, not only reading old sources and out of the way scholarly books but also traveling to the places where the history happened. Seeing the places I've read about for years moves me sometimes almost to crying. I did cry the first time I saw the Danewerk, the old wall that Charlemagne built to hold in the Danes. But also, there are places where the past seems almost tangible. The old city of Istanbul has a few monuments left from the days of Basil II and the amorous Empress Zoë, but if you walk around a while, especially in the company of an old text like Pierre Gilles ANTIQUITIES OF CONSTANTINOPLE, you begin to see where things were, and then it's as if it appears around you, almost visible.
THE KING'S WITCH takes place in the Holy Land. I love the whole Middle East, where the past is everywhere evident, and every name evokes some old story or song or prayer. Nothing charges a book with more energy than absorbing where the events took place. Sometimes, as in old battlefields, you can't understand what happened any other way.
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