Elizabeth Cromwell and the Female Cloth Merchants of the Tudor Era

Elizabeth Cromwell and Female Cloth Merchants during the Early Tudor Era   To celebrate the republication on Thursday 25th June of Mistress Cromwell, originally published as The Woman in the Shadows, I have written this article to explain the novel’s background. Mistress Cromwell is set in London during the first three decades of the Tudor Era. Some historians, including myself, … Read More

Paddy Leigh Fermor in Heidelberg

Paddy Leigh Fermor in Heidelberg

I have always admired the writing of Paddy Leigh Fermor. He lived in Kalamitsi a short distance from the village in the Mani where I base myself during the summer. I never did get to meet him but  have twice visited the villa he designed himself and part constructed with the assistance of a Greek friend who was a local … Read More

Medieval English Gardens- The Paradise or Love Garden

Gardens and medieval estates are significant in my current work in progress. The Damask Rose is set during the later part of the magnificent thirteenth century.  From the thirteenth century on, the medieval royal court was exceptionally interested in experimental gardening. The Tower of London and the Palace of Westminster possessed extensive gardens, orchards and vineyards. London was full of … Read More