My greatest loves have always been writing and history. Since I was very small I have had a book in one hand and a pen in the other. These days I am able to write the sort of books that I love to read. Historical settings with a strong female lead.
One of the great tragedies of history is that monastic chroniclers didn't think women sufficiently important enough to give them space on the record. This has caused women to be under-represented and, in my opinion, often incorrectly categorised. Of course, the male section of medieval society tried to suppress women; they still try to today but that doesn't mean that all women passively bowed to male authority.
There were women like Aethelflaed, who ruled Mercia for thirty-four years, led armies against the vikings, refortified the Roman towns of Chester and Tamworth, founded Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Warwick and Stafford. Eleanor of Aquitaine who, among other things, ruled England on her son Richard's behalf until he could come to claim his throne. Margaret of Anjou who fought unsuccessfully for her son's rights, Margaret Beaufort whose campaign to put her son, Henry VIII, on the throne, was rather more successful. Mary Banks who, along with her daughters and a handful of servants, held Corfe castle for King Charles during the civil war.
These are just a few examples of women who 'displayed a courage far above their sex as to surprise and disconcert their men' and they are the type of women you will find in my novels.
Intractable Heart: the story of Katheryn Parr
Also on Kindle
Also on Kindle
The Winchester Goose: at the court of Henry VIII
ISBN: 9781782990192 Also on Kindle
The Forest Dwellers
The Song of Heledd
I also have some short stories that are exclusive to kindle:
A Tapestry of Time is a collection of short stories ranging from Tudor times, through Waterloo to the present day. Available on Kindle
Dear Henry: Confessions of the Queens is a short collection of six stories told from the perspective of Henry VIII's queens. Kindle price £1.32
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