The Historicity of Blood For Blood.
The foundation for Blood For Blood came from two main ideas. The first of which was to include a witchcraft trial in the novel. Secondly, I wanted the plot to be driven within the backdrop of historical events. In other words, to weave the plot through historical events, which acted as a catalyst in the lives of the fictional main characters. Some (There are others, but I won’t include them because of potential plot spoilers) of these historical events include:
- The Battle of Worcester, 1651— The Battle of Worcester in 1651 ended in victory for Cromwell and ended the Civil War. Charles barely escaped Worcester and only after weeks on the run, managed to find sanctuary on the continent. Thereafter, Charles worked through his loyal agents as they plotted the downfall of Cromwell.
- Witch trials –The last witchcraft trial in England that resulted in hangings was in Bideford in 1682. I wanted to highlight the terrible and unbelievable injustices perpetrated against women—and sometimes men—during these sad times.
- Penruddock’s Uprising.
- Cromwell’s new government of the Major-Generals—introduced to protect the protectorate against rebellion, and to introduce ‘Godly reform’ after the failure of the Western Design in the Caribbean.
- The Earl of Rochester’s participation in Penruddock’s Uprising as the king’s representative.
Sometimes history is stranger than fiction!