Katerina Dunne’s Lord of the Eyrie


Katerina Dunne is from Athens, Greece, however has lived in Eire since 1999. With an MA in Movie Research and an MPhil in Medieval Historical past, it’s little surprise that writing historic fiction lured her to create Lord of the Eyrie. Hungary within the 13thand 15th centuries turned her focal space of curiosity.

Utilizing the traditional ‘elevator pitch’ how would you describe your e-book’s premise in two sentences?

15th century Hungary is a kingdom teetering below inner and exterior threats. In its Transylvanian borderlands, a nobleman’s dedication to steadiness the safety of his property and household from his kin’ grasping fingers, and his obligation to defend his nation on the battlefield, comes at a horrible price.

Medieval Hungary is a uncommon and intriguing setting for historic fiction. What drew you to this era and place as the inspiration to your story?

Through the use of medieval Hungary because the setting, I mixed my love for the nation and for medieval historical past. From a really younger age I developed a robust emotional reference to Hungary, although I’ve no roots or household ties there. I can’t clarify it. It was like I had lived there earlier than. As I discovered the language, aided by a good friend, I turned accustomed to the nation’s historical past and realized how essential Hungary was in medieval occasions: a kingdom based by nomadic tribes, which shortly developed right into a type of “superpower” in Central Europe. You solely have to see maps from the period, to know the dimensions of the Kingdom of Hungary and what number of totally different ethnicities it encompassed. Within the late medieval interval, it turned the “final frontier” of Europe, holding again the Ottoman enlargement. After the autumn of the Jap Roman Empire (or Byzantium because it was named by later historians), Hungary turned the battleground the Ottomans needed to negotiate of their efforts to succeed in the guts of Europe. On the identical time, inner strife raged inside Hungary itself, with the totally different royal branches preventing for the throne. Highly effective barons competed in opposition to the king for supremacy over the land. But, the typical historic fiction reader – even the one who loves medieval historical past – is aware of little about this.

You will have an MA in Movie Research and an MPhil in Medieval Historical past. Have these performed a particular half within the analysis of your novel?

My research in medieval historical past helped me enormously within the analysis course of. I knew the place to search for sources and how you can use them, the place to search out the scholarly works concerning the interval and many others. My movie research alternatively, helped me with creating the storyline, the characters and the visuals.

Have you ever visited the precise location in Hungary the place your novel is about to conduct on-site analysis?

The story is principally set in Transylvania, which was a semi-independent entity throughout the Kingdom of Hungary. Though I visited a good friend in Transylvania 10 years in the past, she lived in a special space from the place my story is about. Once I received the thought concerning the novel again in 2017, I deliberate to go to the appropriate space, however for varied causes the journey by no means materialized. Ultimately, I set the story in a fictional property. The panorama would have modified since then, however I used footage from the web and Google Maps to achieve a normal concept of the geography.

I’ve visited Hungary many occasions and have been to medieval historic websites, such because the reconstructed a part of King Mátyás’ palace in Buda and the royal palace and fortress in Visegrád, the place I used to be in a position to see buildings, furnishings, artifacts, letters, weapons and armour of the period.

I perceive you contemplate your self a brand new author. Is that this your first novel?

Sure, that is my first novel. In my teenage years I wrote just a few quick tales, which have been just for household and buddies and weren’t printed.

Is there a selected character you favour? Why?

My favorite character is the protagonist, Sándor. He’s a troublesome and honourable warrior, but in addition a tragic hero with all his weaknesses. He’s not excellent or “healthful”, but he acknowledges his shortcomings and develops as a personality whereas preventing in opposition to the obstacles that life has thrown into his path.

Was there a sure historic occasion you felt should characteristic in your novel?

I included plenty of actual battles within the novel as a result of I wished to current how a lot warfare was happening on the time between Hungary and the Ottoman Empire. Two very huge ones, the battle of Varna and the siege of Belgrade, have been engagements on an enormous scale. Nonetheless, I don’t assume they’re so well-known exterior Central Europe and the Balkans. Each battles function turning factors within the story as dramatic and traumatic occasions occur to the principle character and alter his life.

What challenges did you face in lending authenticity to your story’s time interval?

Aside from the geographical problem of setting a narrative in a spot I had by no means visited, one other problem was writing a couple of interval to this point previously. Numerous non secular, ethical and cultural beliefs have been very totally different from now and would really feel alien to a modern-day reader. For instance, the construction of society, the position of ladies or the robust affect of faith. Fortunately, I had plenty of major and secondary sources in addition to a Hungarian novice historian to assist me.

What’s the final nice e-book you learn?

Two books by Kate Innes: The Errant Hours and All of the Winding World.


Lord of the Eyrie is on the market from The Historic Fiction Firm,  The Ebook Depository,  Amazon UK,  Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.

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