I began researching pre-contact Americas more than a decade ago, after spending some years with the Classic Ancient Mediterranean. From Republican Rome and its resemblance of democracy I was hurled straight into the Great League of the Iroquois, studying their wise and amazingly detailed constitution.
Fascinated, I couldn’t help comparing both political structures, finding a few resembling points between the two. The articles, excitedly typed on the subject, I cannot find today, which is a great relief – I wasn’t mature enough to write on such matters back then.
More than a decade later, after years of research and creative writing, and the less enjoyable struggle with the publishing industry, I finally have something to present to the world.
The Mesoamerican Saga composed of two trilogies and one series, 11 full-length novels all in all, is covering the turbulent history of the 14-15th century Mesoamerica when the people we came to know as ‘Aztecs’ were busy carving their place among other local powers and empires.
The North American Saga is dealing with the creation of the famous Iroquois Confederacy, one of the oldest democracies of the world. Eight full-length novels, two series, that are following the Great League’s creators and the aftermath of their work that saw this outstanding political body evolving into major power around the Great Lakes and beyond them.
The famous “Aztec Empire” is known to us mainly through its encounter with Cortez and his conquistadors.
But what was there before? How a great empire we heard mainly of its fall came to exist?
The intriguing world of pre-contact Mesoamerica, Anahuac/Mexican Valley in particular, I found staggering with its beauty, complicity, its colorful diversity and the intricate relationship between people and states.
It was a different world, as alien to ours as any place from the outer space. And yet, it was not different at all, populated with normal regular people, with their basic urges, needs, ambitions and desires. Different customs, different laws and traditions, but still the same men and women, struggling to make their lives better, to stay loyal or go with their hearts, facing contradicting choices, forced to chose sides from time to time.
It was a fascinating challenge and I enjoyed every minute of it, recreating this world through a series of action-adventure books, which are based on an extensive, a very thorough research, but which are full of fictional characters, busy making history along the real-life historical ones.
The fierce democrats of the Great Lakes presented another fascinating challenge.As little known to us as the Aztec Empire, the The Great League of the Iroquois existed for centuries before both Americas had been discovered by other continents. Composed of five nations the Iroquois Confederacy had occupied most of the present-day upstate New York, spilling into the southeastern Canada.
What made this confederacy special was their amazingly detailed, well-defined constitution. Recorded by a pictographic system in the form of wampum belts, the league’s laws held on for centuries, maintaining perfect balance between five powerful nations.
More than a few modern scholars believe that USA constitution was inspired by the Iroquois. To what degree, this is another question, but Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and some other Founding Fathers were, undoubtedly, very well-versed in the laws of the Great League, with Franklin advocating a federal system akin to that of the Iroquois and Adams leading a faction that favored more centralized government but still citing some of the Iroquois laws in the process.
So what was this remarkable constitution, and how did it come to life?
The Peacemaker Series and The People of the Longhouse books are attempting to recreate these happenings, dealing again with historical and fictional characters struggling to make the Great Peacemaker’s vision come true while pursuing their personal goals and dreams along the way.