Blog Tour: Guest Post Character Tweets – A Golden Web by Barbara Quick





Today I’m welcoming Barbara Quick author of A Golden Web.


Character Tweets Guest Post:
The only creatures tweeting in the 14th century, in the time of my novel, A Golden Web, were the birds in the trees!
It used to be that the only way to communicate with another person was to speak face to face—or to write a letter and find some way to have it delivered.
How much more carefully would you word your messages if you knew that they would be long awaited, joyously received and read over and over again? What if someone had to ride a horse for two weeks, through forests filled with bandits, to deliver your message to your friend?
What if you, effectively jailed in the convent where your parents have placed you, had to bribe one of the nuns to give you parchment and ink to write your letter? What if you had to chase and catch a goose to make a feather pen to write it with—and what if you were horribly afraid of geese, because one had bit you once, long ago, when you were four years old?
What if you sat in the dark for many long evenings to save up enough candle-stubs to allow you to write your letter in secret, when everyone else was sleeping?
How would you weigh your words as you wrote them? Rain is falling outside as your quill scrapes softly against the parchment—as you write, “When you receive this letter, I shall already have fled…”
Finally, as you fall asleep on your small hard bed, with the letter tucked beneath you for safekeeping, you can see the words on the page. You imagine the page itself folded into two white wings, flying over the convent walls. Dreaming then, you yourself are flying, carried into a new life, your own life, on the wings of your words.
A Golden Web by Barbara Quick:


Alessandra is desperate to escape.
Desperate to escape her stepmother, who’s locked her away for a year; to escape the cloister that awaits her and the marriage plans that have been made for her; to escape the expectations that limit her and every other girl in fourteenth-century Italy. There’s no tolerance in her quiet village for Alessandra and her keen intelligence and unconventional ideas.
In defiant pursuit of her dreams, Alessandra undertakes an audacious quest, her bravery equaled only by the dangers she faces. Disguised and alone in a city of spies and scholars, Alessandra will find a love she could not foresee — and an enduring fame.
In this exquisite imagining of the centuries-old story of Alessandra Giliani, the world’s first female anatomist, acclaimed novelist Barbara Quick gives readers the drama, romance, and rich historical detail for which she is known as she shines a light on an unforgotten — and unforgettable — heroine.


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