Winning Wednesday: Behold the Dawn Poster

Behold the Dawn by K.M. WeilandThis week’s Winning Wednesday winner is Brenda Llanas. In order to win the double prize of the Behold the Dawn keychain and Wordplay pen, she answered the multiple choice question “A destrier—a particular kind of horse—was mostly likely to be used by whom?” The correct response was B “A knight.”

Horses in the Middle Ages

Not surprisingly, horses were a sign of rank in medieval times, and the type of horse a person rode was based largely on his social status. The most expensive mount was the destrier, or warhorse. Related most closely perhaps to the modern Spanish Andalusian, destriers were huge, powerful animals noted for their endurance. Destriers were highly prized, and men would scour distant lands and pay great sums to buy the best mounts. They were so valuable that they were rarely killed intentionally in battle, but rather captured as the spoils of victory.

The term courser was sometimes used interchangeably with destrier, but destrier applied more specifically to a horse ridden in the tourneys. An experienced tourneyer would keep two or three destriers in his stables for use as remounts. When traveling, knights and their squires would ride smaller, easy-gaited horses called palfreys, while sumpter horses would haul the baggage and equipment. Second-rate nags called rounceys were used for servants.

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Behold the Dawn by K.M. WeilandThis week’s prize: An autographed poster of Behold the Dawn’s cover.

This week’s question: What color was the official uniform of the Knights Templars? (Hint: Check out Google Images!)

Excerpt From Behold the Dawn

In Behold the Dawn, erstwhile knight Marcus Annan arrives in the Holy Land and is confronted by a mysterious Templar :

Clouds drifted across the moon, besmearing peerless gold with sodden gray. Annan dismounted some two hundred paces down the shore from the women’s camp and handed his reins to Marek. “Use those sharp eyes of yours to some purpose, eh, bucko?”

“To live is to serve, Master Knight.”

“If you don’t swallow that wagging tongue you may not live.”

“A silent existence doesn’t strike me as worth the effort of keeping.”

Annan straightened his tunic and loosened the dagger at his back. “A lot of questions could be answered tonight.”

“Or else we’ll never get the chance to be asking anymore. I still say this Templar is dangerous. Holy Orders don’t go around wanting people stabbed in the back.”

“We’ll see.”

Marek started to rein the horses back. “When you get into trouble, see if you can’t give a try to getting out of it on your own, huh?”

Annan trudged through the damp sand. Waiting, feet almost in the foam of the surf, stood a man, the shrouded moon flickering against the Templar cross on his chest. Annan filled his lungs and stopped some five paces from the knight.

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K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.

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