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The hand that held the axe that killed the king

I find it very improbable that there has ever been a little boy who looked up from his morning porridge and told his proud parents that when he grew up, he wanted to be an executioner. Nor do I think any parent would have been overly thrilled had their beloved son expressed such a desire. …

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Much Medieval Mayhem – how Shakespeare inspired a fascination with all things medieval

It is Tuesday again, and today’s guest is Mercedes Rochelle, a lady with quite the interesting combination of skills. After all, building your own log cabin reasonably requires a lot of skill, as does gardening—especially when you’re aiming for a natural garden, i.e. one that as much as possible resembles the natural habitat. Mercedes has …

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Glory and Gore – how the meeting of a queen and an upcoming soldier inspired a novel

Today I am welcoming my fourth 17th century guest – no, no, no: enthusiast – to my blog. I bet many of you have already heard of Nicola Cornick and hopefully you’ve read a book or two by her as well. Her latest release is set in Tudor times, but she has the great taste …

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More Medieval Mayhem – meet a writer who dug her protagonist out of the ground!

Today’s guest has the UK record in most Bronze Age axehoards found on one field.  Impressive – as is the fact that there is a record in this somewhat obscure “sport”. Other than her axehoards, Nicky Moxey is also a lady one should avoid riling as she is an avid practitioner of Karate. Nicky and …

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The bride wore white for the first time ever. Meet a15th century trendsetter

Quite some time ago, I wrote about Margareta of Denmark, a rather impressive woman who ended up as the de facto ruler of Sweden, Denmark and Norway. When Margareta died in 1412, her adopted son Erik of Pommerania took over the reins of government, and I suspect this thirty-year-old man was more than thrilled to be …

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Revealing the cover of a collaborative effort!

Some months ago, a couple of other writers and I decided to join together in a cooperative effort to promote our books and support each other. One of the first things we wanted to do was put together an anthology, a collection of short stories that we could offer our readers for free so as …

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Glory and Gore – Meet American Katherine with a taste for 17th Century England

Well, dear readers, it is Thursday again, and this autumn this means it is time for our weekly date with yet another 17th century enthusiast. I stumbled upon one of my guest’s books a couple of years ago, a rather dark story involving fraternal twins and their anything but happy lives, this due to the …

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When my imaginary taskmasker wields the whip – a post about inspiration and discipline

“No inspiration,” I sometimes sigh, while staring at the screen which remains enervatingly blank. And yes, inspiration is a must when it comes to writing—if nothing else as the igniting spark—but there’s another component which is just as important: discipline. “Of course,” my very own muse, Ms Inspiration says. For the day, she’s wearing a …

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Much Medieval Mayhem – how a multi-dead reenactor resurrected to write

I bet you’re all a bit confused by today’s title. What does Anna mean, a multi-dead reenactor? No one can die more than once, can they? Very true–unless, like today’s guest Paula Lofting, you are a reeneactor. Peeps who dress up to reenact battles and other historic events very often die as part of their …

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Glory and Gore – or how the 17th century inspired Christina to write fiction spiced with time-slip

Taa-daa! Time for guest number two in my 17th century fest. Today’s guest has a thing about Prince Rupert. I most definitely do NOT – but I’ve decided to forgive Christina for this, as I suspect it is mostly Rupert’s long locks that set her heart a-flutter. I met Christina in 2012. There I was, …

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