Finding the right name

I’m giving my novel The Last Knights of Jerusalem the final, final brush up. (It’s like painting the Forth Road Bridge, always something to tinker with.)

To my consternation I found that I had broken one of my cardinal rules. Two main characters had names starting with the same letter: Stephen and Simon. One, at least, would have to be changed.

I decided to change Stephen. I first thought of Robert but many of the historical figures had names beginning with R (there are several called Raymond for example.)  So I’ve been sifting through Medieval web-sites to find an alternative to Stephen.

No luck so far.


About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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3 Responses to Finding the right name

  1. I quite like Bayard, Gilbert, Gwayne or Reynard…Obviously depends on the character and his settings.

    • Martin Lake says:

      I like all of these, Nick. Thanks for the suggestions. I’m using Gilbert already and Reynard is a character alluded to in the book. But Bayard and Gwayne are interesting.

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