Robert - Cavalryman Supreme

They fell upon the enemy like a band of avenging angels. Dorylaeum - Antioch - Ashkelon

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History Reimagined

Dedicated to searching out what lies behind the chronicles and commissioned writings, to delve behind the propaganda and seek out the truth.

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Women Who History Tried To Hide

Richard the Lionheart's Queen, married in Cyprus, deserted in Palestine. What secrets lie within the heart of this little known woman?

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Truth or propaganda – Event or fact. To whom lies the advantage – Novelist or historian.

Authors of historical fiction have the same problem as historians – to distinguish between truth and propaganda

I found this to be the case when carrying out the research for the Wayward Prince trilogy – The life story of Robert of Normandy, eldest son of William the Conqueror. It soon became obvious that attempts had been made to marginalise his achievements and concentrate on his shortcomings.

An examination of the chroniclers themselves became the priority, and several aspects which called their accuracy into question came to light.

In the period I write about, 11th _13th century, the chronicles were penned by monks, in Latin, loaded with misogyny and written to order, so usually from the viewpoint of either the victor or the church, or created for some other political purpose. Recognising those important facts is something I’ve kept in mind as I’ve written my novels.

My books are as near to the truth as it’s possible to get. Research is cross-checked with as many sources, both contemporary and secondary, as I can discover. The facts remain milestones while the stories in-between will always be the results of credible speculation, combined with the author’s own lifetime experiences, and the art of the possible – or even the probable.

Adventures – romances – political intrigues and family treacheries – battles won and battles lost – lives lived and lives sacrificed – all become more interesting when they are soundly based on fact, and are better stories because of it.

Often they were stories handed down, conforming to popular legend and myth, and not often written by direct witnesses, and so to view them as ‘the historical truth’ might be to give them a veracity that they do not deserve. Nevertheless, they provide the novelist with access to a flavour, an atmosphere, that can be just as important to the success of a story as the facts.

Robert the Wayward Prince
Book One

Robert the Wayward Prince
Book Two

Robert the Wayward Prince
Book Three

Women Who History Tried To Hide – Nicholaa and Matilda

Women Who History Tried To Hide – Berengaria of Navarra

Futureworld

Probe the past for the wisdom of life’s experiences: truth hides in our history. A sense of the past explains the present and foretells the future – Chinese proverb.

History – boring? Two words often intertwined but the real case is the opposite.

History contains all the triumphs and mistakes of the past, the glories and the disasters, the benign and the terrible.

For all our rapid advances, the human animal still manages to display the characteristics of long ago, often assisted by technology, for good or evil.

The innate nature of man has not changed as rapidly as the world around him, producing a strange compound of two-thousand-year-old beliefs set in a hi-tech world undreamt of only one hundred years ago, or even less.

Look to history to see the past, then apply the lessons to be learnt to the present and to the future, for it is in the past that the best clues lurk to a future world.

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