Tantallon, Inspiration for Ravensmuir

The Rogue, the first book set at my fictional medieval estate of Ravensmuir, is on sale this month for just 99cents. I thought we’d talk today about my inspiration for that holding.

In 1992, I visited Scotland for the first time and fell in love with it. What gorgeous inspiring countryside – and the castles were the best part of all. I toured a lot of them, most in ruins, but Tantallon left a very strong impression on me. It’s an old keep with a fascinating history. It also has a striking location.

Tantallon Castle

The picture above shows Tantallon’s gates from the west, as you approach the keep. That high curtain wall defends the point, effectively sealing it off from attack. The North Sea is directly behind it, and in the distance to the left is an island called Bass Rock. I added a moat and a defensive hedge to Ravensmuir, as well as a flock of protective ravens – who just might communicate with the laird.

Tantallon Castle from the sea

This second picture shows Tantallon from the sea side. You can see the defenses, the secured bailey, and what might be entrances to caves below. There was piracy along this coast and caves were used for hiding plunder. I decided that Merlyn’s father, Avery, would have taken one look at a ruined keep on a point much like this one and decided it was exactly what he needed to disguise his trade in religious relics.


You can see more of my inspiration for Ravensmuir on my Pinterest pages:

Visit the Pinterest page for The Rogue

Visit the Pinterest page for Ravensmuir, Kinfairlie and Inverfyre


The Rogue, book one of the Rogues of Ravensmuir series of medieval romances by Claire Delacroix, is discounted to 99cents

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Pinterest Boards with a Medieval View

The Beauty Bride, #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie series of medieval Scottish romances by Claire DelacroixI like to use Pinterest to collect ideas and inspiration for my books. Pinterest now allows sections inside boards, which is a great way to organize images for a book series. Each book then has its own board inside the main board. I like this feature a lot.

The Ravensmuir board now has a section for each book in that world, from the Rogues of Ravensmuir through the Jewels of Kinfairlie, the True Love Brides and the Brides of Inverfyre.There’s still lots of pinning to be done, as this board is a massive project, but you can check it out now.

The Crusader's Bride, #1 of the Champions of St. Euphemia series of medieval romances by Claire DelacroixThe Champions of St. Euphemia have their own board, which is pretty much complete.

There’s also a board for Rogues & Angels, which is a work in progress.

Finally, I have a couple of general boards: there’s also one for the eye candy of Castles. Here’s Medieval Eye Candy, which started out with images from illuminated manuscripts but has become a catch-all of interesting medieval images.

Do you use Pinterest? What kind of images do you collect there?