Category Archives: Historical Fiction

Hitting the Books: Medical Texts of the Middle Ages

E.C. Ambrose has a new book out today, and has kindly agreed to tell us about the research she did for it - into being a medieval surgeon!   Elaine says: While I'd be the first person to tell you that most people in my period of interest, the later Middle Ages, were illiterate, one…
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Dragonfly Song

One of my favourite writers is Wendy Orr who, like me, writes for both adults and children.  Her latest book, Dragonfly Song, is likely to appeal to both, being set in Minoan Crete. The main character is a bull-dancer...   That's so far away from the era of my own books that I was fascinated…
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Bigamy vs divorce

It was publication day for The War Bride this week, and I’ve spoken elsewhere about the inspirations for it. But I thought it was worth sharing a bit more of the background – specifically, the material I collected on the prevalence of bigamy in the early 20th century. It was very widespread, particularly in the…
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Drafts and Sr Edmund

In Year 10, my English teacher was Sr Edmund.  She seemed ancient to me, although she was probably in her 60s.  She walked a little hunched over and had something wrong with her feet (a bunion, maybe?) so that the back of her shoes were a good half inch from her feet. She didn’t like…
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