"The Witch and the Cathedral." Sounds like an interesting scholarly book about women and heresy during the twelfth century, doesn't it?
Well, it's not! This is me in my fantasy-author mode, not my medieval-scholar mode.
One of the things that I think makes my fantasy different from most of the genre, however, is that I have real, working Christianity in it. It's not that my books are pious, however--the wizards are always leery of religion, and the priests are leery of wizardry. But as a medievalist I would have trouble creating even a semi-medieval setting for my stories without including a functioning church.
In this book, as well as the tension between religion and magic (a thinly disguised version of the modern tension between religion and science), I also focus on the tension between the sexes, the female magic-workers the wizards distrust and call witches versus the male version of magic.
And besides, the book is funny.
The reason I'm talking about it right now is because it's just been released as an audiobook, available on Audible.com, on iTunes, and on Amazon. You can also get it as an ebook through Amazon (details here) and go back and forth between reading it and listening to it.
If you like the Yurt books but haven't tried audiobooks yet, I suggest you start at the beginning with "A Bad Spell in Yurt." Eric Vincent, the narrator, does a great job. In my own head of course Daimbert (my wizard hero) sounds like me, but Eric voices him very well.
© C. Dale Brittain 2015