You may remember Delilah blogging here about her book Mistress of Pleasure back on July 10th. She’s back today talking about her newest release, Lord of Pleasure. Last night I discovered that she’s just signed a three-book deal with Harlequin — Go Delilah! (Can we assume they’re historicals too, D?) So please help me welcome, Delilah Marvelle …
I’ve always had a genuine interest in not just writing, but history. In particular, NAUGHTY history. Being first generation Polish and having been raised by a traditional European father who would rather gouge his eyes out than talk about sex,
I have to say all things naughty naturally seemed exciting and forbidden. Which is why I was ultimately drawn to write about it.
What sort of naughty history am I talking about? Very simple things, really. Like the history of the bed and how intriguing its overall history can be (aside from the use its seen…).
For as much as we know about history, the origins of the first bed are a bit muddled. There isn’t any one particular person, tribe or country that can raise their hand and lay claim to it. But one thing is very clear. Every country throughout history had a different approach to its philosophy.
The Persians, for instance, had an obsession with cushions. So much so that the bed itself needed to be placed upon a cushion.
The Greeks and Romans were obsessed with coverings and height. Some beds were so insanely elevated that steps were needed to climb to the top. Think of a bunk bed. On steroids.
To my utter disappointment, the British were prudes when it came to the bed. They believed in functionality and did not deem it proper to associate it with “you know what.” You were born on it and you died on it. Nothing more.
The French and Italians, however, decorated the bloody hell out of their beds, making it quite impossible for anyone to think the bed was used for anything BUT improper dalliances. So while the Brits had one solid bed that they passed on from generation to generation, Henry Harvard’s Dictionary of French beds (1887-1890) describes 69 different types of beds. Though perhaps not too surprising when the rulers of France themselves garnered quite the collection., for example, had a total of 413 between all his palaces. And I’m certain he used every single one. Wink, wink.
It is history such as this that I love to incorporate into my writing and in particular into my books, MISTRESS OF PLEASURE and LORD OF PLEASURE. I dare you to indulge in something historically naughty. Oh. And by the by, if you’re curious about more naughty history (and I know you are) be sure to check out my blog, A BIT O’MUSLIN at www.DelilahMarvelle.blogspot.
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