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Æthelred II – the Haunted King

On 23 April 1016, King Æthelred II died in London. He was about 50 years old, and he’d ruled England for 38 years. At his death he’d not yet been given the byname, Unræd, (ill-counseled, a play on the Old … Read More

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On Inspiration

A very generous Elisabeth Storrs, author of The Wedding Shroud and The Golden Dice – novels set in Ancient Rome – invited me to answer a few questions about inspiration. She’s posted the resulting Q&A post on her web page, … Read More

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The Literary Feast at Gladstone’s Library

  I am into my second week as Writer-in-Residence here at Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden, Wales.

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Medieval Tweeting

In writing about early medieval England, one of the mysteries I’ve had to explore is how information was disseminated. We know for certain that the king – Aethelred II, for example – conducted formal meetings several times a year. There … Read More

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