You'll be happy to hear that so far my heroine has not yet run away with the stableboy. (Please imagine one very relieved author.) Well, I didn't give her a chance to run away with the stableboy. For today it occurred to me that I haven't yet mapped out the castle. THE main setting. And I always, always work with plans. Or maps. Or whatever comes in handy.
So today I built a castle.
And it turned out it's a rather good thing I've got this habit of buying random books which I might (or might not) need for future research. I've got books on the medieval warhorse, on colours, on Victorian shopping, dogs, wolves, snails (when I was little I had a snail -- "Schnucki" -- as a pet), Paris, underwear, tea, pirates, Celts, etc. And seven years ago I bought a book with the nice title BURGENKUNDE, a reprint of a book originally published in 1912. It's got 711 pages and it tells you everything, everything about the architecture of castles. *biiig smile*
So I built a very nice castle today!