At first, I didn’t have a good response to the question other than I found it an interesting period in history. But then I realized I wasn’t writing as much about English history as I was setting out to write a series of books about a fictional character, who lived through a turbulent period in history, and how historical events shaped his character.
The Henry Darcy series will follow a man's life for fifty years - sixteen to sixty-six. The historical backdrop of England in the 17th century gives me the chance to develop themes that are still relevant today, namely: Nature vs. Nurture, Cultural Influences, Peer Pressure, Faith vs. Religion, Leadership, and most of all, how we derive our own self-worth.