• Surviving Medieval Battles and Finding Love

    Historical novelist and 17th century enthusiast Cryssa Bazos invited me to her blog to talk about my Battle Scars series a few days ago. I originally “met” Cryssa online when we joined the editorial team for English Historical Fiction Authors. But it was a thrill to chat face-to-face in September 2016 at the Historical Novel Society […]

  • 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 […]

  • Chancellor, justiciar, and papal legate William Longchamp – my guest post on #EHFA

    To his contemporaries, William Longchamp became “a man with three titles and three heads,” exercising power as justiciar, chancellor, and papal legate. His critics claim he was greedy, ambitious, and unscrupulous. Learn more about the man Richard the Lionheart left to attend to the business of his kingdom in my guest post on English Historical […]

  • History comes alive – this week on #EHFA – May 7

    Read EHFA this week! Medieval war and the common people.And three kings:the early years of the Merry Monarch,the king who returns to England to secure his kingdom,and the king who is crowned without the usual celebrations. The Doubtful Triumph of James VI and I, May 7th 1603By Mark Patton The Battle before the Battleby Barbara Gaskell Denvil Richard […]

  • English Historical Fiction Authors weekly round-up – #EHFA

    This week on #EHFA: a 17th century actress, Gibraltar, English Puritanism, Cromwell & more. The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity: the building of Gibraltar’s Protestant church by Jacqueline Reiter The “great shaft of Cornehill” and the Origins of English Puritanism by Mark Patton Order! Order! – Cromwell loses it, and dissolves Parliament by Deborah Swift Mistress of […]

  • Promoting other authors – #EHFA

    Back in 2015 I was invited to be a regular contributor on EHFA, the English Historical Fiction Authors blog. Recently, I joined the blog editors team. EHFA has been a wonderful experience. I have found a very supportive group of authors through the EHFA Facebook page, which anyone – book lovers or authors –  can […]

  • Third Crusade history – my guest post on English Historical Fiction Authors

    In the year 1191, on the 7th day of September, a decisive battle was fought between Christian and Muslim armies. On this 824th anniversary, join me on English Historical Fiction Authors (EHFA) for “The Bloodiest Day of the Third Crusade: Richard I and Saladin at the Battle of Arsuf.“ Photo By Eloi Firmin Feron (1802-1876) (de:wiki) […]

  • Third Crusade history – 4 October 1190 – the capture of Messina

    On their way to the Holy Land after the fall of Jerusalem to Salah al-Dīn, Christian armies gathered in Messina, Sicily. Today, I am guest posting  on English Historical Fiction Authors about the political background, intrigue, and events that led to Messina’s capture by Richard the Lionheart. Many thanks to Debra Brown for inviting me to […]