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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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“Allons enfants…” – in which M.K. Tod tells us of the bloody destruction of Paris

Think Paris. Think violent revolutions, streets running with blood, radicals screaming for a new order while holding red banners aloft, and many of you will go, “oh, yes: Les Miserables.” Which, of course, is correct. As is “That’s right, the French Revolution.” But for Paris there was not just one bloody upheaval—not even two. Paris …

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For the love of his queen – how a medieval king set his wife first

Sometimes, those medieval kings surprise you. Take, for example Sancho IV of Castile. Now, he has a few black marks against him, principally the fact that he usurped the throne, thereby stealing the crown from his young nephew, Alfonso de la Cerda. Sancho, of course, did not feel he had a choice: Castile needed an …

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From queen to duchess – the life of a medieval princess

In 1283, little Isabel saw the light of the day. This the latest fruit of the proud House of Ivrea was the first of seven siblings. At the time of her birth, her daddy, the future Sancho IV, was at loggerheads with his daddy, Alfonso X. Why? Because Sancho wanted to become king once Alfonso …

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Queen for a day – of brides and princesses

Hands up all of those who, as kids, wanted to play the princess. *stands up and scans the room* Huh: not that many hands. Hands up those who, as kids, wanted to play the dashing hero. *repeats scan* Wow: many, many more, and quite a few are ladies… The above is supposed to symbolise the …

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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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Move over pirate Acorne! Here comes amateur sleuth Jan!

It seems to me various of my writer friends are spreading their wings into new genres. Today’s guest, Helen Hollick, is doing it because she felt a need to refresh herself, do something entirely different to what she’s been writing lately. And while I am a big, big, big, big (need I go on?) fan …

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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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A new tough-as-nails heroine sees the light of the day!

Today, I am welcoming Alison Morton to my blog to talk about her latest book. Now, those of you who frequent my blog will know that I love Alison’s books about Roma Nova, fast-paced thrillers set in a beautifully built alternative world, one in which a small remnant of the Roman Empire has survived to …

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“Lately the king’s enemy and rebel” – when good intentions lead to treason

Most people live out their lives in obscurity—something to be grateful for, I believe, as celebrity comes with its own set of challenges. Many people live below the radar for most of their lives, but then a sequence of events propel them onto the central stage and for a while their name is on everybody’s …

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