My escapist drug of choice is thick Tudor histories. I can't stop reading stories of heavy eye contact, careful wordplay, formal flirtation, the slow build of mannered requests. Sure, there are battles and backstabbing in my books too, but it's really all about the courtly flirtations, isn't it?
The draw of courtship in our world of post-bar hookups isn't so hard to explain. When decoding what a potential paramour meant by "later" or "hanging out," it's hard not to long for the formality and clarity of old-fashioned romance.
Modern courtship doesn't require the complicated vocabulary of flirtation in a historical novel. A Victorian suitor might need to send flowers to impress the object of his affections before asking her for her company. He'd need to decide on the type and color of flowers carefully, making sure the bouquet expressed just the right affection, without rousing the suspicions of chaperons or servants. But a texted note from a modern suitor serves the sameRead More »from Modern Courtship