I am a writer of historical fiction set in sixteenth century France. An avid reader who fell in love with all things French at the age of twelve, I went on to earn a Ph.D in French literature from Princeton. I knew I'd have to write a novel of my own once my interest in the details of authors' lives overshadowed my interest in their work! My stories grow from my research and my desire to make Renaissance Europe come alive for modern readers. I hope you'll come to share my enthusiasm for this fascinating era as you explore my blog.
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21 April 2017
Congratulations, Mercwrites! You have won a paperback copy of Mary Sharratt's THE DARK LADY'S MASK. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Thanks to all who entered!
7 April 2017
Once again, Mary Sharratt captivates readers with a compelling tale of an extraordinary woman carving a place for herself in a man's world. THE DARK LADY'S MASK (available in paperback...
6 January 2017
The Feast of the Epiphany occasioned much merriment--and expense--at the French court during the Renaissance. The tradition of sharing a galette des rois--a cake containing a concealed...
22 November 2016
[This post originally appeared on November 27, 2013.]Tradition--and most history books--teach that the first Thanksgiving feast was held in Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, in November...