Anna

Character inspiration for Anna von Esche, heroine of YA fantasy novel The Beast of Weissburg, by Emma Fox
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The rowan tree outside Anna's door. In many ancient European cultures, rowans (also called mountain ash) were used as protection against evil magic.

The beautiful berries of the Rowan tree . next to an old stone wall ladder cross in Crafnant, north Wales, UK.

I imagine Anna looking much like this as a young child, after Uncle Albrecht had taken her in.

Wonderful Works of William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Daniel Ridgway Knight (1839-1924) The Young Shepherdess

The Young Shepherdess :: Daniel Ridgway Knight - Village life

Anna's beloved Tabbert, the dapple-gray plowhorse.

Dappled gray Percheron (a draft horse that originated in western France, usually gray or black.) so BEAUTIFUL

Anna's cottage and kitchen garden (photo by Emma Fox, Vogstbauernhof Open-Air Museum, Black Forest, Germany)

Albrecht farms a small plot of land at the edge of the Grunwald forest (photo by Emma Fox, Vogstbauernhof Open-Air Museum, Black Forest, Germany)

Art inspiration: Daniel Ridgway Knight, "The Fisherman's Daughter"

The Athenaeum - The Fisherman's Daughter Daniel Ridgway Knight - circa 1899 Private collection Painting - oil on x 18 inches Framed dimensions: 32 x 29 inches Signed and inscribed Paris

A quartz arrowhead, veined with blood-red iron, is the only memento of her parents that Anna has.

A quartz arrowhead, veined with blood-red iron, is the only memento of her parents that Anna has.

Thatched shed, Vogtsbauernhof, Black Forest, Germany

Traditional thatched-roof and plank architecture of Germany's Black Forest region. Photo by Kevin Fox.

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