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Historical Note – The Castilian Pomegranate

Spain in the late 13th century was a complicated place: to the north, the Crown of Aragon controlled most of the land marching south of the Pyrenees—except for Navarra, which was under French control. In the centre of the peninsula, the kingdom of Castile had been in expansion mode for over a century. To the …

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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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Serving their kings – meet the de Warenne earls!

The first time I came into contact with Sharon Bennett Connolly was when I discovered her excellent blog, History—the interesting bits. Turns out Ms Bennett Connolly and I tend to agree on what is interesting, so I became a regular visitor. Since then, Ms Bennett Connolly has gone on to publish several books about—primarily—medieval women …

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Queen of Blood – diving into Tudor times with Sarah Kennedy

Today, I am hosting Sarah Kennedy on my blog as part of her book tour arranged by The Coffee Pot Book Club. This isn’t Sarah’s first rodeo. Queen of Blood is the fourth book in her series The Cross and the Crown, featuring Catherine Havens. Catherine is a nun – well, to be exact she’s …

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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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The Whirlpools of Time, Anna Belfrage author

Whirling through time – of a new release and its historical setting

Today, is the launch date for my latest book, The Whirlpools of Time. Right: I must take a moment here to pat myself on the back. My nineteenth book! Woohoo, me! As the discerning reader can probably guess from the title, there’s some time travel involved. I love writing time travel—but to create the illusion …

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Entitled, haughty and determined- of a Prussian Iron Lady in the Swedish Court

In 1720, Fredrick William I of Prussia and his wife welcomed a baby girl to the world. She was the tenth (but not the last) child of their union, and as she was a girl, rather than the much desired male spare, I dare  say Fredrick William did not exactly do cartwheels of joy. Still: …

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Historical Note, The Whirlpools of Time

In 1688, James II of England was forced to flee into exile, accompanied by his wife and precious baby son. Why did this happen? Well, to simplify things, James II was a Catholic, something that most Englishmen of the time had major problems with. And now that he had a son, the horrifying spectre of …

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