Helen of Wales

Shortly after Christmas, 1106,* the Norman steward of Pembroke Castle in Wales, Gerald FitzWalter, and his wife, the Welsh noblewoman Nest ferch Rhys, were invited to feast with Gerald’s bitter enemies King Cadwagn and his son Prince Owain. Cadwagn gave lip service to the Norman king but Owain was one of the lead rebels harrassing…

An invasion and a curse

I am delighted to announce the new edition of Daughter of the Last King, the first novel in my Conquest trilogy on the turbulent life of the 12th century Welsh noblewoman, Nest ferch Rhys, and the reign of King Henry I. The book will be published on 1 March 2023, Saint David’s Day. The ebook…

King and Lover

On this day, 887 years ago, King Henry I died after eating too many lampreys. Henry was the youngest son of William the Conqueror. He took the throne of England and Wales in 1100 after his older brother King William II (Rufus) was killed in a hunting accident in the New Forest. Henry was a…

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…

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…

Fictional Worlds

This is week 6 of the Blog Tour for my latest medieval novel, The Anarchy. MJ Porter asked me about the historical sources I drew on for my research. My guest post is here. I discuss how I use objects in museums, such as the medieval wedding ring pictured above. Its inscription reads, ‘I will…

The Anarchy on Tour – Week 1

A ten-week blog tour for my latest novel begins today with a Guest Post on Tony Riches’s The Writing Desk. I’m posting on the inspiration behind my novel, which began with this view of the ruins of Llansteffan Castle on the headland overlooking Carmarthen Bay and its triple river estuary. I travelled past the castle…

Struck gold!

A review of my latest historical novel The Anarchy has just been published. The Anarchy is the final book in the Conquest trilogy on the turbulent life of the 12th century Welsh noblewoman Nest ferch Rhys. “When Warr delved into Welsh history and discovered Nest, she must have known she’d struck gold.” Historical Novels Review Nest was the daughter of the…

Nest ferch Rhys

Video interview with me by Ellie Daniels on researching my latest historical novel, The Anarchy, is here. We discuss the story of Nest ferch Rhys, the heroine of my story, and how I set about researching early medieval Welsh history. I drew on the scant primary sources on Nest – Brut y Tywysogion (Chronicle of…