Tarzinëa Revealed: The Purpose of Hair

Today I am going to talk about a special character that appears in one of my stories. It is an upcoming release but she will appear in many publications. She is by far one of the most important people in the queen’s life. I do have an article that shows some fun facts about hair in the medieval era and what it symbolized. Check it out below thanks to Modern Medievalism.


“Scissors or Sword?” Why medieval men might choose death over a haircut

The precise sentiments attached to hair have fluctuated over the medieval period; after all, we are talking about a thousand years and hundreds of cultures; but for the most part, a full head of hair was typically associated with privilege and power. We see that the Merovingian kings preferred to lose their heads rather than their hair, because a haircut was a sign of humiliation, even the loss of the claims to kingship. 
Very occasionally, I’m asked why I don’t get a haircut. Depending on the mood and context, I give a different answer. “I save money on haircuts” or “my girlfriend would be cross if I did” both work in a pinch, and both are true. But there’s a more reasoned motive as well. Four years of service in the U.S. Army forced me to rack up quite a bill on haircuts over time for the sake of a “neat, uniform appearance”. The idea of military service in the modern age involves a complete breakdown of a recruit’s personality in order to make him a dependable member of a cohesive unit in life-and-death situations. The original rationale for these ridiculously short haircuts came from preventative measures against lice in the trenches of the First World War. So many men of the western world served in the Great War that military fashion dictated style even among civilians. Trench warfare has long since slipped into irrelevance, but the haircuts remain to impose a uniformity among the ranks. I dare say it’s something like a mark of slavery, akin to the the letters SPQR tattooed on the arm of a soldier in the ancient Roman legions. Whether it’s a tattoo or a high-and-tight, it visibly marks you as property of the government. Continue Reading…


Mincy the Queen’s Hairdresser

Mincy is a shy easy going girl that spends most of her time in the queen’s chambers making sure the queen looks her best. Queen Sarah has know talent when it comes to making her hair look good so Mincy is a life saver. She also helps with Princess Kerowyné’s hair on special occasions.

However when it comes to the king’s/prince’s hair they have a young gentlemen due it from the town square. They don’t believe a woman touching the king or the princes so intimately is appropriate. And the queen gets jealous real easy. The only reason the queen gets a special hairdresser is because Mincy is Female.

As for hair styles. Mincy is key on keeping the queen happy. She keep her hair well oiled, brushed, and cleaned to perfection. She is always on call but tends to spend a lot of time coming up with different formulas that can create different effects on hair. In my upcoming release Masquerade Assassin she uses one of these concoctions to turn Kero’s hair black.

Oh Fun Fact: Men cut their hair short when they are in the military so they don’t have it as a liability.

Tarzinëa Revealed: The King’s Steward & Lady of Staff

Research:

During the medieval era, village stewards represented the lord, effectively controlling the town or city. They were answerable to the lord. In castles, stewards managed the castle’s finances, ran general household administration and organized large events. They were also referred to as seneschals.

Although medieval stewards were servants, they wielded a great deal of power. Particularly large estates, such as the king’s, sometimes divided the responsibilities between two stewards, with one overseeing the household and the other assigned to administrative duties. In villages, stewards might be called upon for judicial matters. When lords left, whether for business or pleasure, they left their stewards in charge, which emphasizes their role as trustworthy and loyal servants who acted in the best interests of their masters. Read more…


Tarzinëa

Castle life is crazy when it comes to being the King and Queen. So King Tyler appointed not only his most loyal of friends but his wife too. The head steward is Lord Tomas Masters and the Lady of Staff is Trilla Masters. She is also the number one Lady in waiting for the Queen.

Tomas – He is a cunning friend that keeps the King on his toes. When he isn’t required amongst the others in court he is off doing his King’s bidding. He does a great job keeping the castle together and keeping all staff happy. He works hand in hand with Demetri on a regular basis. Demetri is the King’s advisor.

Trilla – She is a strong independent woman that always needs to keep busy. Which is great for the Queen because she doesn’t want anything to do with managing the staff. Trilla keeps everyone working and sure supplies are kept maintained. She sees her husband on occasion but they both love what they do and pledged to their Queen and King.