Historical fiction writer Lee Swanson will be doing a book signing for his new novel “No Man’s Chattel” at Sherman’s Books & Stationery, 5 Commercial St., in Boothbay Harbor from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 6.
Set in 14th century Europe, “No Man’s Chattel” is the tale of a young woman’s desire to become her own person at a time when females were regarded by society as inferior to the men who dominated and controlled their lives. Young Christina Kohl, however, is resigned to the fact her thoughts of freedom and adventure are no more than frivolous dreams and that her life is to be no different than that of other women her age, to become the wife of a man chosen by her father and the mother of his children. When tragedy befalls her family, she is presented with an improbable opportunity to gain her independence. But is she willing to defy social custom, the edicts of the ruling class, and even the laws of the Church in a desperate gamble to attain what she most desires?
Living in both Germany and England for extended periods of his life, Swanson traveled extensively to seek out-of-the-way places with a little-known story to tell.
Holding a master’s degree in European history from the University of North Florida, Lee’s thesis centered on the Hansa, a confederation of merchants from primarily northern German cities in the 12th through seventeenth centuries. Many of the colorful characters who populate his novels are drawn from the lives of these resolute men who traveled the waterways of Europe in search of profit and prestige.
Please plan on coming by Sherman’s for a chat about the book, medieval history in general, or forthcoming novels in the series.