A LIFE IN THE TIME OF ELIZABETH I GIORDANO BRUNO IN LONDON, 1583-1585

Why include real people in historical fiction? A plot surrounding actual events with only fictional characters can be satisfying. But action played out with real and recognisable figures can add colour, interest and tether the fiction more securely in the period. At the other extreme, there are many outstanding novels based entirely on the livesContinue reading “A LIFE IN THE TIME OF ELIZABETH I GIORDANO BRUNO IN LONDON, 1583-1585”

WEAVING HISTORICAL CHARACTERS AND PRACTICES INTO A COMPELLING FICTION

My mother was a member of the Richard III Society and never tired of telling our family he was really a ‘good king’ and the antithesis of Shakespeare’s monster. The contemporary portrait of Richard in the National Portrait Gallery presents a thoughtful, intelligent face and it is not difficult to imagine him as a moreContinue reading “WEAVING HISTORICAL CHARACTERS AND PRACTICES INTO A COMPELLING FICTION”

THE STARS, MEDICINE AND MATHEMATICS IN ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND

After many false starts, astrology became a focus for my first work of historical fiction – State of Treason. William Constable is a scholar and competent in all three areas listed in the title of this post. I should declare now that, unlike our hero, I hold no faith in astrology. Astrology had a significant influenceContinue reading “THE STARS, MEDICINE AND MATHEMATICS IN ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND”