Oct

30

2016

CAROLE BLAKE: a tribute

I was eating breakfast on Wednesday morning (26th October) when the phone rang. Glancing at the number at first I thought it was my oldest son – it began with the same digits. But when I answered, it was Isobel Dixon, agent at Blake Friedmann and a friend of long standing. She gave me the […]

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At the Historical Novel Society Conference 1216, I was asked to take part in a panel on Medieval women and their relevance in today’s society. My third novel in my trilogy about Eleanor of Aquitaine, THE AUTUMN THRONE has just been published, and so my given 10 minutes was on Eleanor of Aquitaine. Here are […]

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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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