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…

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 1603 By Mark Patton The Battle before the…

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…