Recently, an opportunity arose for a Saturday visit to York, the setting for ‘The Angels of York’ trilogy.
Well, it follows, doesn’t it? :D I had to go.
At the time, the final chapter and Big Battle scene was quietly pushing open the door, ready to peer into the room. I was happy with the way my characters had used the church I’d researched last year (as detailed in ‘Angels Week‘), but I didn’t want to stage an unholy battle between the denizens of Heaven and Hell inside a church. Too much damage. So as I headed into York on the city bus, I perused the city centre map in the hope that inspiration might strike – and it DID!
A diagram of the ancient (rebuilt many times) city wall leapt out at me, particularly the acute angle of the North-West corner. I decided to investigate – and found myself here:
Very photogenic – and a distinct possibility for the site of an unholy battle.
Unfortunately, I’d taken a wrong turn in my attempts to find it. I was on the wrong street. York is a medieval maze of narrow twists and turns. I’d been steered away from my goal.
So I began again, paying closer attention to the street names, and finally found myself in this place:
This is the outer section of the corner keep. Quite imposing to an attacking force, you might think.
Inside, it looked like this:
Rather difficult to defend unless you were on your knees – or you happened to be called Tyrion Lannister.
Seems the Victorians who refurbished this part of the wall had little use for its defensive capabilities, preferring instead to reconstruct it into a viewing platform.
Still, I could envisage the possibilities of the battle in this setting and was satisfied that I needed to look no further. I took a few photographs and returned home to research the history of this section of wall.
I was able to make use of the new outdoor location almost immediately. Once my characters had finished with the church, the story picked up at the corner section of the wall in dramatic (I hope) style.
Apologies to English Heritage for all the damage I’m about to cause in the narrative. It IS necessary for artistic reasons – honest.
In other news, I am now typing furiously on my replacement Netbook, a Windows 7 version of my poorly Acer Aspire One.
Unfortunately, Acer issued this model with a set of flat keys, rather than the earlier chamfered type, which has led to an increased number of typo.
I’m struggling to get used to it and wish they hadn’t changed something that worked perfectly well for the sake of asthetics. :(
So, first draft now has its dramatic climax. On with the read-through.
Hope your writing is marching along too!
Introducing, for the first time… Ginger:
Be nice and say hi. He has rather large (virtual) shoes to fill.