Writing Medieval Lincoln -Lincoln Cathedral

I am standing at the top of the observatory tower of Lincoln Castle eyeing the streets of Lincoln and the magnificent Cathedral. What a fine setting for a novel, don’t you think? Yes, so did I, which is how Sir Stephan l’Aigle ends up in Lincoln in 1193 in For King and Country. But, the…

A Young Earl, A Bad Marriage

Some medieval arranged marriages were successful: Edward III & Philippa; William Marshal and Isabel de Clare. Love blossomed between couples brought together for political or business alliances. Last week on English Historical Fiction Authors I shared the story of a not-so-happily-ever-after. Constance of Brittany, the widow of Henry II’s son, married Ranulf de Blundeville, 6th earl of…

Nottingham Castle

My visit to Nottingham Castle

As part of my travels in September, I was able to return to Nottingham for a half day adventure to  explore the Castle. I set several scenes of For King and Country there, so you can imagine how exciting it was for me to have an opportunity to see it from the perspective of someone with research interests…

Author Interview: Helena P. Schrader

“..Jerusalem was lost. The site of Christ’s Passion. The home of the Holy Sepulcher. Lost. What was there left to fight for?” –Envoy of Jerusalem It is the year 1187. Saladin has crushed Christian forces at the Battle of Hattin and secured almost every city in the Kingdom of Jerusalem for his own, including Jerusalem.…

Special sale – For King and Country

July 6 – 8  Get For King and Country for $2.99/£1.99 (ebook) See what the reviewers are saying: “The history is sharp, the action appropriately bloody, the passion undeniable.” —Christopher Monk (aka researcher/consultant and The Anglo-Saxon Monk) “With a blistering siege scene, daring escapes and a truly dastardly villain there is something for everyone here.”…