• Hever Castle

    Talking of Hever, this was Anne Boleyn’s family home. Later, after her falling out with her husband he gave it to another wife, Anne of Cleves.  But here we are talking about those bloody Tudors.  What a monster Henry VIII was.  Is this why readers can’t get enough of him?  I’m totally in favour of Richard II.  The Lancastrians and the Tudors have tried to denigrate him to legitimise their theft of the English Crown but the facts speak for themselves! Richard was a renaissance prince.  Celebrate him!

  • Clear or Cloudy

    Just heard the fabulous Emma Kirkby singing  ‘Clear or Cloudy’ from Dowland’s Second Book of Songs.  Hildegard would love this.  Bliss! Pity she was born too early (and missed Bach, Handel, Mozart too)

  • Fight the good fight

    Just spent the morning with Vicky of bfkbooks fighting a battle with the internet blog etherworld – who’s winning?  Watch this space!  (I prefer jousting…)

  • Untitled Post

    pickering castle rosamunds tower

    pickering castle rosamunds tower

    This is the castle in the middle of the royal park in the Vale of  Pickering.  The constable in the time Hildegard was  put in by the Duke of Lancaster, John of Gaunt. It meant that the rebels who kidnapped Hildegard in my third book THE LAW OF ANGELS had to give the place a wide berth.  You can read about this when it comes out some time near Christmas.

    pickering castle north yorkshire

    pickering castle north yorkshire

  • Brilliant conference in Slovenia

    lake bled slovenia

    lake bled slovenia

    You may wonder why I’m showing you this pic of romantic Lake Bled.  It’s because I went to conference this summer on contemporary literature and theatre.  We visited the castle high an a crag overlooking the lake.  Pure gothic.  I’m trying to find a way of getting Hildegard to visit but so far she’s still in London at the so-called Wonderful Parliament of 1386 and France is about to invade…She’d be safer in the Castle of Bled.  She might make some headway with Abbot de Courcy too.  There’s a legend about the island in the lake.  If a woman makes the crossing to it at dead of night she can summon her true love to appear.  Only if she’s pure in mind and body will he do so.  If she’s been flighty a great storm will be summoned up and she’s unlikley to make it back to shore.  None of us pult this to the test.