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Xaghra's Revenge on Gozo
« on: March 15, 2007, 03:17:27 PM »
My third trip to Gozo is looming. This time it is a straight writerly research fieldwork to research a fantasy novel I have toyed with for some time. Four years ago on a holiday there I discovered the historically true account of the buccaneer / mercenary / pirate, Dragut, abducting the entire population of the island of Gozo in 1551. He took about 5000 Gozotians in his fleet across the Mediterranean to North Africa. En route he did some sorting and threw overboard the sick and weak, elderly and very young. Then he held the rest on the ships with virtually no food and little water while he blockaded Tripoli for 3 days. He marched the surviving Gozotians overland to slave auctions. Some wealthier relatives back in Malta managed to find some of their friends and rellies and were able to buy them back, but most ended their lives in slavery in Africa. I've done a lot of research in modern Libya, Malta and archives here and there and I can say that the truth gets weirder with each document. There have been some historical novels that use some of the basic facts but only 3 that I know of and they're over a decade old.

As far as I know there hasn't been a fantasy based historical novel based on this event. Please let me know if you have come across one so I don't waste the next year of my life!

My plan is to base a contemporary couple having a chance romantic encounter. One is descended from the pirate, Dragut, the other from one of the abducted Gozotians. The latter discovers their historical connection and seeks revenge on behalf of those lost souls. But I'm taking it back and forth because those spirits have waited for their revenge since 1551. More than that, the world's oldest building (allegedly) is on Gozo at Xaghra. It's a temple older than Stonehenge or the pyramids. What if some of those spirits get involved too? I've hugged the stones at Xaghra (much to my wife's embarrassment) and I really feel something there - but then I do at Stonehenge and other ancient stones.

My research this time is to meet up with a writerly friend who lives now on Gozo. She's not that bothered about fantasy or historical novels but is going to show me some non-touristy hideways, secret passages and caves on the island.

At a writers' conference last summer I showed my novel outline to Jon Courtenay Grimwood who was born on Malta. He said I had to write it - so maybe I'll get an endorsement to help find a publisher.

If anyone kind enough to read this have any sneaky ideas I could use, or should use to grab contemporary fantasy notions I'd be delighted to hear from you. Either on these boards or via my email - geoffnelder AT yahoo dot com

Cheers

Geoff

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Re: Xaghra's Revenge on Gozo
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2007, 04:23:12 PM »
See, I KNEW Gozo had to have SOME reason for existing  ;D

Good luck with it! It sounds cool :)

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Re: Xaghra's Revenge on Gozo
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2007, 04:48:03 PM »
Thanks, Trudi.

Gozo is also Calypso's island in Homer's  Odyssey - I've sat and pondered in the very Calypso's cave, which the beautiful nymph Calypso kept Odysseus as a 'prisoner of love' for seven long years. I only stayed for an hour after which my impatient wife dragged me out.

I should mention that other islands eg Crete also claim to be Calypso's island.

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Re: Xaghra's Revenge on Gozo
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2017, 12:00:45 AM »
It's happened. Xaghra's Revenge, historical fantasy has been published.
 In 1551 pirates abducted 5,000 people from Gozo, one of the islands of Malta. Those that survived the sea journey were sold into slavery, some of the men as galley rowers, women into harems in Constantinople. Those spirits have cried out for revenge for nearly 500 years and in Nelder’s XAGHRA’S REVENGE they get it. A modern couple discover they are descended from pirate and abductee, but which is which? They are lovers but their lives undergo twists and torments before the dreadful truth and full revenge is uncovered.
XAGHRA’S REVENGE is available as a Kindle ebook and as a paperback from Amazon. 
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