Basing House in 1644 – contemporary view (Permission of The Turton Collection)

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Loyalty House and Mr Collins

Like Mr Collins in Pride and Prejudice, some of my friends shun novels, historical novels in particular, disapproving of them as not being real history. As a writer of historical fiction who strives for authenticity, I roll my eyes. Novels are after all an art form, with writers throwing words at the page like paint… Continue Reading →

For a historical novelist writing about the English Civil War, an important and exciting part of writing is the research. Where possible I visit the places which feature in my books, such as White Ladies Priory.
The priory enjoyed a moment of high drama in 1651 when it briefly became the hiding place of Charles II after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester.
At the moment (April 2020) visiting anywhere is off the menu for all of us. It won’t stop me writing about other people’s books, or sharing some of the history which lies behind my “War without an enemy” series. And some day our present will be nothing but a bad dream, as the civil war became for those who lived through it and survived.

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