Apart from some early trials to work out just how to create a good Kindle
book, my publications are all focused on learning more about the sixteenth
century: about the people, the events they lived through, the way they thought,
and the literature and music that they would have known.
Along the way I have discovered how little I knew about the history of
Scotland and France, and about the characters of even well-known people, such as
Mary Queen of Scots, and Philip II of Spain. It’s fascinating reading about the
same period from the point of view of different historical figures, and
different historians — the Guise family, for instance can come across either as
unmitigated villains or as a family that is touchingly devoted to each other and
not much more ambitious and manipulative than any other noble family of the day.
As I publish each book and look for what to do next, my basic principle is to
follow up the people, groups (such as the Knights Hospitallers), and events that
form the background to the Dunnett Lymond Chronicles. But if along the way I am
intrigued by something in one of those books, such as the name of the Chevalier
Bayard (the knight "sans peur et sans reproche")
cropping up several times, then I will step off the path and see what I can
I hope my magpie rummaging in history has turned up something that you will
find interesting too.
I’m a Pinterest magpie, as well, if you are interested in images illustrating
the sixteenth century.
Many pages on this site show images from different boards, but there are
dozens more about renaissance people, places, events and objects . . .