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Saturday, June 13, 2015

English Medieval Romance Author, Kathryn Le Veque

My name is Kathryn Le Veque and I write English Medieval Romance. I have over 60 published novels including 10 contemporary novels. Most of my novels are on Amazon but I do have a select number of novels on other platforms, including all of the contemporary romances. I’m a top 10 ranked author in Historical Romance on Amazon.

Available 06/12/2015
One of the most frequent questions I get is WHY I write English Medieval Romance.

For me personally, it’s all about the knights and their bonds as men, as warriors, and as brothers. There’s something very sacred about it, something that transcends blood or friendship. It’s the core of who, and what, they are.  It’s the Band of Brothers mentality.

Medieval knights went through some changes in the 366 years considered the High Middle Ages. From coats of mail and leather armor to plate armor of tempered steel, better swords, better general equipment, and to finally the introduction of gunpowder and firearms. That’s where Medieval becomes something else because a knight on horseback is no match for a cannon.

Available 08/2015
Still, Medieval men fought and died together much like men of our era do. There is something that goes beyond loyalty with these warriors – trusting the man next to you enough that you knew, if you got into close quarters combat, that he would literally protect your back. Where do you think the modern terms “have your back” or “I’d trust him/her with my life” came from? 

Those terms were born from a bond between brothers, blood or otherwise.

The passage from Henry V that contains the phrase, Band of Brothers, truly embodies these men I have worked so hard to do justice to:

From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember’d;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother.


Medieval Just Got Real.

KATHRYN LE VEQUE is an Amazon All-Star author, and a #1 bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author in Medieval Historical Romance and Historical Fiction. She has been featured in the NEW YORK TIMES and on USA TODAY's HEA blog along with numerous other publications and blogs. 

In September 2014, Kathryn was the 41st MOST READ author on Amazon and now she is finding success on other platforms. She is extremely prolific with over 50 published novels and 37 #1 Hot New Releases in Medieval Historical Romance since May 2012. 

You can find Kathryn on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, ibooks, Kobo, and Smashwords. Please visit Kathryn Le Veque’s website for a complete list of books and ordering information.

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Sarah Raplee said...

Welcome to Romancing the Genres, Kathryn! We are so excited to have you as a guest.

Thank yo for sharing your inspiration with us. That it would be the legendary spirit of brotherhood among knights makes total sense!

What is your writing process? You are amazingly prolific!

Judith Ashley said...

Hi Kathryn! Love the quote on the "Band of Brothers". Medieval England was a challenging time. Knowing who you could count on, your fellow knights, must have made a difficult time easier...or perhaps just less challenging.

kathryleveque said...

Thank you, ladies, for having me. It was an honor!