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An Icon of Children’s
in a Series of
1 / The Rogue Decamps
2 / The Rogue At Sea
3 / Deliverance
4 / A Dainty Dish
5 / A Fool in Love
6 / Paying the Piper
7 / The Frog Who Would Be King
8 / The Prodigal Returns
A kick-ass cat, a renowned scientist,
assorted goofball nobilities,
and numerous smart-mouths of several species
cavort in an Early-Modern Europe
you won’t find in the history books.
Meet My Goofballs:.
At right, top to bottom:
Elizabeth is along in years, she’s fiftyish at the time of my tale. I debated: Young Elvis–Old Elvis? Show her as a pretty young woman or in physical decline? Here she is, I would guess, at mid-life. Her face is a bit careworn. I believe I see lines on her forehead. (You can bet the painter fixed her up some.)
Royal Astrologer, foremost scientist, and more than a bit of a nut-job. He believed he could talk to angels. So why not to a cat?
Here, dressed as a sultan for a masquerade ball. Elizabeth loves to dress him and his sweetie up. It is a fine amusement for her and for the whole spectacle-loving court.
As a harem-girl, partnering Sly’s sultan. They make a cute couple, don’t they? I plan a companion paper doll book with the two in his-and-her outfits: court dandy/beauty, sailor boy/port-o-call wench, etc.
TURNIP-HEAD OF THE WEEK
I HAVE a Mulligan Stew of comical events and personalities, many of them straight out of the history books. Any nice turnip-head I’ve come across in my reading on the period has (to one degree or another) enriched my hearty, tasty, thick-with-nonsense hot pot.
I have assembled a fine cast of turnip-heads. I’ll introduce you to a new character on a regular basis. We start with Bittor, Crown Prince of Haute-Navarre.
BITTOR is a nice young man who dreads the day he will be forced to ascend the throne. All he wants from life is to be let alone to experiment with his line of foodstuffs (neither his mother nor his sweetheart think that a suitable occupation for a prince) and to pass his time in the company of his sheep. They can sense one of his panic attacks coming on. They nuzzle him, keeping him calm. They are his comfort animals.