Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Executed for Reading A Horoscope?

Did you know that, in Tudor times, you could be executed for reading the horoscope of a royal person, in case you planned to use that valuable information against them?

Such was the power invested in the occult arts that astrologers and 'conjurors of spirits' like Master John Dee - the Queen's official astrologer - could face serious trouble if discovered doing anything that might be considered injurious to a member of the royal household.

So what do you think happened when he was found in secret possession of Queen Mary's horoscope in 1555, at a time when tensions within England were very strained indeed, and many suspected the Queen might be deposed for her sister Elizabeth at any moment?

Read about this issue at the book blog OH, CHRYS! along with some other 'odd facts' I discovered during my research into Tudor England for my novel Witchstruck, just out in the States with Harlequin Teen, the first in a paranormal series for Young Adults and older.

2 comments:

  1. Hey Victoria!

    I heard about your book through a review, and I'm very intrigued to read it. Would you be interested in swapping a kindle copy for a review on amazon and goodreads? If all goes well, I do author interviews and giveaways on my blog as well.

    Let me know if you're interested! Kcrosswriting at gmail dot come.

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  2. Hi Katie! Thanks so much for the kind offer, but I don't think I'm allowed to give out e-editions. You'd be better off asking my publisher Harlequin, or checking if Netgalley still have them. Sorry! Vx

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Many thanks for visiting my website and commenting! Victoria.