Heart's Dear Brothers

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WAR ACTION ADVENTURE BIOGRAPHICAL EPIC HISTORICAL FICTION

17th Century or Earlier

Christina Giscombe

Logline

It is May 1563. Set in Sweden, Finland and Livonia, nobleman Klaus Fleming is a twenty-something admiral on the brink of his career. He is in a relationship and has two young children, Karl and Olof, but can never marry their mother, as she is not a noble. King Erik XIV, not yet thirty, has been on the throne for three years. He feels undermined by his younger brother, Duke John, and retribution is swift, severe and murderous. The youngest brother, Prince Kaarle, is twelve. John was to write of Erik, ‘My brother is my fiercest foe’. Queen Dowager Catherina, widow of King Gustav, twenty-eight, and stepmother to Princesses, Anna, eighteen, Sophia, sixteen, and Elizabeth, fourteen, emerges as a strong female figure of her time, befriending Erik’s and John’s cast-off concubines, Agda and Karin and their children. Erik is determined to marry a commoner, Karin Månsdotter, and clip the wings of the nobles and his brothers. Klaus Fleming, the nobles and the King’s brothers fight back and plot a Nobles’ Uprising against ‘Peasant King’ Erik. The Livonian Wars are raging and the Northern Seven Year War is imminent between Denmark, Lübeck, Russia and Poland.

Genre

War, Action, Adventure, Biographical, Epic, Historical Fiction

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

Sweden, Stockholm; Finland, Turku; Livonia (now Estonia), Reval (now Tallinn)

Based on a True Story

Yes

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2018

Starting Description

The story revolves around castles, knights, princesses locked in castles, all based on researched historical archives. It is a fictionalised version of a true story and real people. It is based in C16 Sweden, in the transition from Medieval to Early Modern.

Ending Description

It describes the rise and fall -under King Erik XIV - and rise again of Fleming under King John III, who has deposed Erik, with the help of Fleming leading a nobles' revolt. He is in his mid-thirties and is on the brink marrying the young sister of Queen Dowager Catherina, Ebba (this starts Book 2)

Group Specific

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Hard Copy Available

No

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Mature Audience Themes

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Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending

Plot - Premise

Rebellion Against 'The One'

Main Character Details

Name: Admiral Klaus Fleming

Age: 28

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Perseverance, Patriotic, Confident, Decisive, Educated, Engaging, Heroic, Aspiring, Leader, Adventurous, Charming, Empathetic, Heartthrob, Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Queen Dowager Catherina

Age: 28

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Leader, Sophisticated, Educated, Engaging, Empathetic, Perseverance, Selfless, Confident, Decisive, Outspoken, Complex, Faithful, Honorable, Strong Moral Code, Gracious, Heroic

Additional Character Details

Name: Kerttu, the 'peasant' woman who is the (unmarried) mother of Fleming's small children.

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Flexible, Gracious, Modest, Romantic, Underdog, Uneducated, Faithful, Charming, Obedient, Selfless, Beautiful

Additional Character Details

Name: King Erik XIV

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Complex, Aggressive, Aspiring, Insecure, Unapologetic, Crazy, Educated, Manipulative, Narcissistic, Power-hungry, Secretive, Badass, Criminal, Villainous, Adventurous, Patriotic

Logline

It is May 1563. Set in Sweden, Finland and Livonia, nobleman Klaus Fleming is a twenty-something admiral on the brink of his career. He is in a relationship and has two young children, Karl and Olof, but can never marry their mother, as she is not a noble. King Erik XIV, not yet thirty, has been on the throne for three years. He feels undermined by his younger brother, Duke John, and retribution is swift, severe and murderous. The youngest brother, Prince Kaarle, is twelve. John was to write of Erik, ‘My brother is my fiercest foe’. Queen Dowager Catherina, widow of King Gustav, twenty-eight, and stepmother to Princesses, Anna, eighteen, Sophia, sixteen, and Elizabeth, fourteen, emerges as a strong female figure of her time, befriending Erik’s and John’s cast-off concubines, Agda and Karin and their children. Erik is determined to marry a commoner, Karin Månsdotter, and clip the wings of the nobles and his brothers. Klaus Fleming, the nobles and the King’s brothers fight back and plot a Nobles’ Uprising against ‘Peasant King’ Erik. The Livonian Wars are raging and the Northern Seven Year War is imminent between Denmark, Lübeck, Russia and Poland.

Short Summary

The story revolves around castles, knights, princesses locked in castles, all based on researched historical archives. It is a fictionalised version of a true story and real people. It is based in C16 Sweden, in the transition from Medieval to Early Modern.


It describes the rise and fall -under King Erik XIV - and rise again of Fleming under King John III, who has deposed Erik, with the help of Fleming leading a nobles' revolt. He is in his mid-thirties and is on the brink marrying the young sister of Queen Dowager Catherina, Ebba (this starts Book 2)

Development Pitch

About The Author

Core Theme

Rebellion Against 'The One',

Characters

Main Character

Name: Admiral Klaus Fleming

Age: 28

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Perseverance, Patriotic, Confident, Decisive, Educated, Engaging, Heroic, Aspiring, Leader, Adventurous, Charming, Empathetic, Heartthrob, Honorable

Character 1

Name: Queen Dowager Catherina

Age: 28

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Leader, Sophisticated, Educated, Engaging, Empathetic, Perseverance, Selfless, Confident, Decisive, Outspoken, Complex, Faithful, Honorable, Strong Moral Code, Gracious, Heroic

Character 2

Name: Kerttu, the 'peasant' woman who is the (unmarried) mother of Fleming's small children.

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Flexible, Gracious, Modest, Romantic, Underdog, Uneducated, Faithful, Charming, Obedient, Selfless, Beautiful

Character 3

Name: King Erik XIV

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Complex, Aggressive, Aspiring, Insecure, Unapologetic, Crazy, Educated, Manipulative, Narcissistic, Power-hungry, Secretive, Badass, Criminal, Villainous, Adventurous, Patriotic

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