Elizabethan Resources – Politics and Religion

Continuing my list of sources used in researching the background from my novel, Forsaking All Others. Politics Budiansky, Stephen Her majesty's spymaster : Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham, and the birth of modern espionage Viking, 2005. Cressy, David Dangerous talk. Scandalous, seditious, and treasoable speech in pre-modern England Oxford: OUP, 2010. Dop, Jan Albert Eliza's … Continue reading Elizabethan Resources – Politics and Religion

One Minute Book Review – Endless Night by Agatha Christie

Endless Night by Agatha Christie is a standalone novel first published in 1967. The narrator is Michael Rogers, a young working class man with grand dreams and ambitions. He meets Ellie Guteman, a lonely but wealthy young woman, in Gypsy’s Acre, a scenic ruin with stunning views which appears to have a curse hanging over … Continue reading One Minute Book Review – Endless Night by Agatha Christie

Elizabethan Resources – Women’s Lives

Continuing my list of sources used in researching the background from my novel, Forsaking All Others, to be released as an ebook at the end of 2017. Primary Hoby, Lady Margaret The private life of an Elizabethan lady. The diary of Lady Margaret Hoby 1599-1605 (Ed. Joanna Moody) Stroud : Sutton Publishing, 1998. Sharp, Jane … Continue reading Elizabethan Resources – Women’s Lives

One Minute Book Review – The Beauty and the Sorrow by Peter Englund

The Beauty and the Sorrow is subtitled 'an intimate history of the First World War' and comprises a collection of letters and diary entries from twenty people who lived through the First World War. The diaries and letters are interspersed with narrative which traces the war, year by year. The individuals followed come from a … Continue reading One Minute Book Review – The Beauty and the Sorrow by Peter Englund

Elizabethan sources – Sex, Marriage and Family Life

Continuing my list of sources used in researching the background from my novel, Forsaking All Others, to be released as an ebook at then end of 2017. Primary Davis, Norman (Ed.) The Paston letters. A selection in modern spelling Oxford : OUP, 1963. Houlbrooke, Ralph A. (ed.) English family life 1576-1716: an anthology from dairies … Continue reading Elizabethan sources – Sex, Marriage and Family Life

One Minute Book Review – The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton by Diane Atkinson

The starting point of The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton by Diane Atkinson is the legal case brought by George Norton against William Lamb, Lord Melbourne, in 1836 for compensation for illegal use of his property, Norton’s wife Caroline. Norton was, in essence, suing Melbourne for adultery. Norton lost the case, Melbourne remained as Prime … Continue reading One Minute Book Review – The Criminal Conversation of Mrs Norton by Diane Atkinson

Resources – Daily life in Elizabethan England

Daily life in Elizabethan England Primary Sources Gerard, John Gerard's Herball. The essence thereof distilled by Marcus Woodward from the edition of Th. Johnson, 1636 London : G. Howe,1927. Secondary Sources Ashley, L. Elizabethan Popular Culture Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1988. Brooke, Iris English costume from the early Middle Ages through the sixteenth … Continue reading Resources – Daily life in Elizabethan England

And Then Mine Enemy by Alison Stuart

This is the  latest swashbuckling 17th century historical romance from the pen of Alison Stuart -  the first book in a two book series (FEATHERS IN THE WIND) spanning the years of the English Civil War from 1642- 1645.  AND THEN MINE ENEMY A family ripped apart in a country divided by war . . … Continue reading And Then Mine Enemy by Alison Stuart

My Reading for 2016

This year I have done reasonably well with the number and spread of books I have read - mainly historical fiction, some classic fiction, a few non-fiction and some literary fiction including a handful definitely outside my comfort zone. This list, naturally, does not include the number I have started but not finished which were … Continue reading My Reading for 2016