Meet a Medieval Warrior-Girl: Nicola Griffith's "Hild"

April 12, 2015

Nicola Griffith set her award-winning historical novel, "Hild," in seventh-century Britain. It's based on the real life of the fierce young girl who eventually became one of the most powerful women of her day -- St. Hilda of Whitby.



Google in Mountain View is novel as a reflection of "New Feudalism"?

Apparently, having been raised in a country that gave up manufacturing anything other than Royal-themed toilet paper cozies most of a century ago, Ms Griffith is unfamiliar with the Homestead Steel Works, River Rouge or the Thomas J Watson Research Center.

Why is this sort of thing popular now? Easy. The public is debased and adults infantilized. Expect Showtime to serialize a "TV-MA" adaptation of _Hop On Pop_, soon.

What an odd comment. The gratuitous hit at Anglo culture is a little off base, I think. Ms. Griffith made a perfectly valid point about the hiving off of certain cultures in this day and age--and I thought her book sounded interesting and arresting. Infantilizing? I don't really think so. Any novel set in past times allows us to enter another world while keeping one foot in the twenty-first century. I think it deepens our sense of shared humanity.