Writing

Many years in the making – or how a short story became a novel

Today, I welcome Ruth Hull Chatlien to my blog. Ruth and I are social media acquaintances, and when she approached me about her very recent new release, Katie, Bar the Door, I found it interesting that she’d chosen to write a contemporary novel–which is why I ws more than happy to invite her over to …

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From mushrooms to purported murders

After several weeks of radio silence – I took a much-needed break from everything this summer—I am now suffering from severe “post-writing abstinence”. This is a rather grave condition which must of course be addressed by…taa-daa…writing a new post. Fortunately, over these last few weeks I have collected a list of potential subjects. Oddly, none …

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Visiting with Vikings – of Birka, shield maidens, and a brand-new release

Some weeks ago, I visited Birka. Okay, so for many of you, the name does not lead to an immediate “Oh. Birka! I’d love to visit some day.” Understandable, as Birka is nothing if not understated. In fact, stepping ashore the island Björkö in the Stockholm archipelago where Birka is located is more or less …

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Why it is important to choose your dining companions with care

My sister shared an interesting little story with me about a well-travelled man who decided to drop in on a tribe of cannibals – not my first choice of people I’d like to have dinner with, let me tell you. Apparently, the first major hurdle in getting to Cannibal Land was to find someone to …

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Having drool-worthy hands does not keep you safe from false wives…

Today, I am dragging you all the way back to the tenth century, a time when Castile was ruled by a count, when more than half of the Iberian Peninsula was controlled by the Moors. This was the time of the great Muslim caliphate, of the splendour of Córdoba, Zaragoza and Sevilla under Muslim rule. …

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Siblings, sieges and assassinations – nothing unusual in medieval Spain

Today, we are going to be spending some time with Sancho II of Castile. Not that his time will be all that long—at times, life (or in this case, siblings) conspire against you. Mind you, Sancho had himself to blame. Sancho’s story starts in Zamora, a fortified town on the river Duero that has been …

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The Colour of Evil – deep-diving into medieval London with Toni Mount

  Today, I am proud to be hosting a stop on Ms Mount’s blogtour, featuring her recent release, The Colour of Evil. Thank you to Mary Anne Yarde of The Coffee Pot Book Club for inviting me to participate in this tour and thereby discover a new author. For those of you who’ve read Ms …

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A writer writing about writers – meet Mr Tearle!

I have, since some years back, a good friend called Richard Tearle. We have never met. We have never even really talked properly. We just sort of connect via social media, both of us sharing an interest and appreciation for historical fiction. Richard is a generous reader who expends a lot of time writing reviews …

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To glorious (and sometimes gruesome) LOVE

Today is St Valentine’s Day. In some parts of the world, this day is celebrated with hearts and red roses. In others, it passes by relatively unmarked. So who was this St Valentine? A man suffering from unrequited love who somehow made it onto the thin and narrow path that led to sainthood? Nope. St …

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The second wife – of Yolande of Hungary, Queen of Aragon

Sometimes, I wonder if medieval people were more in a hurry to live their lives, seeing as so many of them died at ages we would consider to be relatively young. Death, it would seem, sent its icy breath along their nape from the moment those medieval peeps were born. Obviously, Death is as present …

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