Weekend Novelist
I have been writing since first grade, though never in cursive. I love reading historical fiction, and no period captivates me more than the Wars of the Roses.

imageSource: UK National Trust.

For Colleville Manor, I drew inspiration from Ightham Mote, a moated and fortified manor house in Kent that was built in the fourteenth century and considerably expanded in the fifteenth. It remains relatively unchanged today. Unlike a majority of other surviving manors, the owners of Ightham never demolished a section of ranges in order to allow the main house to look outward.

Ightham has more than 70 rooms inwardly facing and arranged around the central courtyard. The house is fully encompassed by a square moat that is crossed by three bridges. The Great Hall was constructed in the fourteenth century. A chapel, crypt and two solars were attached to its high—or dais—end. The courtyard was later completely enclosed by the ranges and the battlemented tower was added in the fifteenth century.


Sketch taken from the essay “Ightham Mote” by Henry Taylor, F.S.A. Archaelogia Cantiana, vol. 27 (1905). © Kent Archaeological Society.

For additional information, see: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ightham-mote.