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Historical novels as slices of time: Geoffrey Trease’s The Hills of Varna 

8 March 2017

A while ago, I wrote a piece for The  Conversation on ‘Guilty Pleasures: Reading Historical Fiction’. While the piece in itself was fun to write and allowed me to discuss ...

In the Name of the Family: Sarah Dunant, Lucrezia Borgia and Niccolo Machiavelli

2 March 2017

The long wait for the sequel to Blood and Beauty is finally over, and oh my goodness, the wait was worth it.  In the Name of the Family delivers in spades on the promises at the...

The Tudor London Tube map

16 January 2017

This is just the kind of link and blog post I love: a quirky visualisation of how key Tudor sites in London relate to the topgraphy of the modern city. Click through and read- wonderful...

Writing medieval women’s lives: the case of Katherine Swynford, Lady of Kettlethorpe (and Duchess of Lancaster)

23 December 2016

Tomb of Katherine Swynford, Lincoln Cathedral (photo credit: Nick Thomas, 2016) Few topics are as challenging and yet ultimately rewarding for writers than writing stories about the...