Tonight’s History Mystery

On this November evening, around midnight, 902 years ago,  The White Ship set sail from Barfleur carrying the heir of King Henry I of England, Wales and Normandy. The Anglo-Norman empire created by William the Conqueror necessitated frequent, often annual, travel across the English sea by the ruler and many of his entourage. That night, King…

New editions coming soon

New editions of my Conquest series will be launched in spring 2023. Almodis the Peaceweaver and The Viking Hostage are on Christmas Sale at Meanda Books. Free postage and packing anywhere in the world. Almodis the Peaceweaver is the story of an 11th century female lord. The Viking Hostage tells the story of Sigrid who…

Author Event in France

Friday 4 November 2022, 6pm The English Library at Hotel Les Fleurines 17 Bd Haute Guyenne 12200 Villefranche-de-Rouergue, France  Imagining Medieval Women Local author Tracey Warr returns to The English Library to speak about concluding her trilogy on the medieval Welsh noblewoman, Nest ferch Rhys, and to talk about her next writing project. Her new…

Talking on Nest ferch Rhys at Carew Castle this weekend

I am talking about the turbulent life of the Welsh noblewoman, Nest ferch Rhys at Carew Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales, including a tour of the castle, on Sunday 18 September 2022 at 11am and again at 2pm.  Nest is the heroine of my Conquest trilogy and Carew was one of her castle homes. It may have…

Voicing the Voiceless – medieval female protagonists

Almodis de La Marche, countess of Toulouse and Barcelona, was, according to the monk chronicler William of Malmesbury, ‘afflicted with a godless female itch’. Ah ha, I thought, she sounds like she should be the heroine of my first novel. After that first novel on Almodis, I wrote four more novels set in early medieval…

New video review of Conquest

I just came across this video book review of my Conquest trilogy by the Mental Traveler. Thank you! The Conquest trilogy centres on the turbulent life of the 12th century Welsh noblewoman, Nest ferch Rhys, who was the daughter of the last independent Welsh king during the Norman invasions. She was the mistress of the…

Book Events Coming Up

I just gave my first in-person author’s talk after a two-year hiatus and it was a delight to be talking with readers and other writers again. I spoke about my current work on a medieval murder mystery featuring a female troubadour protagonist. Thanks to Parisot LibraryLit for organising the event. More talks coming up in…

World Book Day 2022

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Medieval floating mills

The novel I’m working on is set at the end of the 11th century in Toulouse (and moves into the Pyrenees and the Iberian kingdoms in the second part). Medieval Toulouse had floating water mills for milling flour, which I was curious to find out about. The title image shows the Floating Mill Museum in…

Black Saturday

Today is Holy Saturday or Black Saturday. I’ve set a scene in my new medieval novel during the Black Saturday night vigil in Toulouse’s Saint Etienne Cathedral. As an atheist myself, trying to imagine my way into the religious beliefs of my medieval characters is a major challenge. I asked my Catholic friend, Anne, to…