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 have progressed to this wonderful machine which allows me 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.
The Winchester Goose: at the court of Henry VIII
Tudor London: 1540.
Each night, after dark, men flock to Bankside seeking girls of easy virtue; prostitutes known as The Winchester Geese. Joanie Toogood has worked the streets of Southwark since childhood but her path is changed forever by an encounter with Francis Wareham, a spy for the King’s secretary, Thomas Cromwell.
Meanwhile, across the River, at the glittering court of Henry VIII, Wareham also sets his cap at Evelyn and Isabella Bourne, members of the Queen’s household, drawing the girls into intrigue and the shadow of the executioner’s blade.
Set against the turmoil of Henry VIII’s middle years, The Winchester Goose provides a brand new perspective of the happenings at the royal court, offering a frank and often uncomfortable observation of life at both ends of the social spectrum.ISBN: 9781782990192 Also on Kindle
My first novel, Peaceweaver ISBN: 9781849234771 is the story of Eadgyth, wife and queen to both Gruffydd ap Llewellyn of Wales and Harold II of England. The narrative follows Eadgyth from childhood security in Mercia, through exile and widowhood in Gwynedd and finally to queenship, widowhood and despair in England. Eadgyth is a woman tossed in a tumultuous male-dominated world. Now available on Kindle
The Forest Dwellers ISBN: 97819086030 is set in the years following the Norman conquest when the people of Ytene are evicted from their homes to make way for the king's New Forest. When Aelf and Leo encounter a trio of Normans molesting a forest girl in the wood, their violent reaction unleashes a chain of events that will end only in the death of a king. Now available on Kindle
The Song of Heledd ISBN: 9781781761557 is set in the 7th century and is the story of celtic princesses, Heledd and Ffreur. When Heledd forgets her duty as a princess of Pengwern and gives her heart to a humble singer of songs, her act unwittingly initiates the destruction of two kingdoms and the downfall of her dynasty. Also available on kindle
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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