Spies and intrigues in the 12th century

HenryBlois
Henry of Blois, Abbot of Glastonbury and Bishop of Winchester

I am currently hard at work on the final book in my Conquest series about the Welsh and the Normans in the 12th century. The trilogy is centred on the life of Nest ferch Rhys, the daughter of the last Welsh king of the south-west kingdom of Deheubarth. The final book is called The Anarchy and will be published by Impress Books in 2019. I’ve been rereading the first two books to get thoroughly immersed again in the characters’ lives. The advantage of writing the final book in a trilogy is that your characters’ backstories already exist in your own previous novels. In the new book, I’m enjoying developing the role of Breri, a travelling Welsh bard and a spy, and I am writing in an intrigue involving the Vatican and the Bishop of Winchester.

My latest newsletter with updates on all my writing including historical fiction, future fiction and art writing has just been published. If you don’t already subscribe you can sign up here.

New newsletter and books giveaway

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Urinal used for medical diagnosis, from the Cluny Museum, Paris

My latest newsletter has just been published. It includes news on my novel in progress, The Anarchy, depicting the continuing conflict between the Welsh and the Normans in the 12th century in the aftermath of the sinking of The White Ship, when King Henry I lost his heir.

The newsletter also includes items on my recent talks with writers and readers, my visual inspirations for writing from the Cluny Museum and news on two new guest blogposts coming up.

And finally there is a competition to win a free book by answering a simple question about Henry I.

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Library Talks – Historical Fiction

The Drowned CourtMy new historical novel, The Drowned Court, is published tomorrow by Impress Books. It covers the years 1107-1121 and focusses on the tumultuous lives of the Welsh princess, Nest ferch Rhys, and the Norman king, Henry I.

I am giving a number of library talks in November in Norfolk and Pembrokeshire to celebrate the new book:

Mon 13 Nov 11am Pembroke Dock Library. Free event.

Mon 27 Nov 2pm Downham Market Library, Priory Road, Downham Market, PE38 9JS. Illustrated talk, £3 including refreshments. Booking essential on 01366 383073.

My guest blogpost on writing the book is published on The Writing Desk.