At this year’s Historical Novel Society Conference in Oxford over the weekend of 2nd-4th September, I was asked to be a panelist on a discussion titled ‘Heroes V Heroines – Mine’s Better than Yours!’   Which I guess was just a fun controversial title to sell it to the audience! :-) I was on the […]

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Mahelt (Matilda) Marshal, William Marshal’s eldest daughter does not have the fame or resonance in history that falls to her illustrious father but that does not make her any less fascinating and I made her the subject of my  novel TO DEFY A KING, the story of two families, the Marshals and the Bigods, and […]

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Jul

03

2016

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND: William of Tyre and Brexit

We’re living in interesting times just now as we try to come to terms with the results of the Brexit vote – a decision taken by referendum as to whether the United Kingdom should leave the European Union.   This blog is not a political post and it’s not full of in depth analysis or […]

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Geoffrey le Bel  Count of Anjou  August 1113 –  September 7th 1151 Geoffrey Le Bel,  Count of Anjou and briefly Duke of Normandy, has featured in several of my novels as a secondary character. Recently he had a strong supporting role in Lady of the English, and he will have his part to play in […]

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Jun

03

2016

THE KNIGHT WHO SAVED ENGLAND by Richard Brookes: A review

  In the recent wake of the celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta in 1215, it’s inevitable that the movers and shakers of that particular period will step into the spotlight, and perhaps none more so than the great William Marshal. Largely unknown outside the circles of medievalists and re-eanactors […]

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May

16

2016

A NEW COVER LOOK!

My UK publishers LittleBrown are repackaging and republishing my first three published novels – THE WILD HUNT, THE RUNNING VIXEN and THE LEOPARD UNLEASHED.  The story of a Welsh Marcher family during the reigns of William Rufus, Henry I and King Stephen.  I’ll be blogging about the novels in more detail on another occasion soon, […]

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May

14

2016

REMEMBERING WILLIAM MARSHAL: ‘The Good End.’

The 14th of May marks the anniversary of the death of William Marshal, who departed this world at noon in the year 1219 at his manor of Caversham near Reading, surrounded by friends in the clergy and his grieving family.  It was a sad occasion as all such are, but for William, it was also […]

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May

04

2016

NAMING NAMES – a 13th century Primary source

I have in my possession the Feet of Fines for Norfolk 1201-1215 and for Suffolk 1199-1214. It’s a list of cases brought before judges on the travelling circuit at this time and much of it is concerned with property law and small business that gives us the names of the local populace. East Anglia was […]

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