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Jenny Barden

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I've had a love of history and adventure ever since an encounter in infancy with a suit of armour at Tamworth Castle. Training as an artist, followed by a career as a city solicitor, did little to help displace my early dream of becoming a knight. A fascination with the Age of Discovery led to travels in South and Central America, and much of the inspiration for my debut came from retracing the footsteps of Francis Drake in Panama. The sequel centres on the first Elizabethan 'lost colony' of early Virginia. I am currently working on an epic adventure during the threat of invasion by the Spanish Armada.

My work has appeared in short story collections and anthologies and I've written for non-fiction publications including the Historical Novels...more

Congratulationbs to Claire, Julie, Francesca, Angie and Karen, all of whom have won a signed first edition copy of 'The Lost Duchess' about to be released tomorrow. 287 entered - quite a number for a giveaway restricted to the UK. They did well to win and their books will be sent out today...
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Average rating: 4.10 · 154 ratings · 74 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
The Lost Duchess
4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 40 ratings — published 2013 — 5 editions
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Mistress of the Sea
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 49 ratings — published 2012 — 5 editions
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Castles, Customs, and Kings...
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 69 ratings — published 2013 — 2 editions
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The Lost Duchess by Jenny Barden
" I must admit to a total fascination with the lost colony at Roanoke. It's a tale from the beginnings of this country that has caused many people to wonder and theorize. Ms. Barden brings her imagination into the game with her very well written nov... " Read more of this review »
The Lost Duchess by Jenny Barden
" "The Lost Duchess" made me wonder why there is not more historical fiction set in the Americas. I wonder this every time I read a good book that is set in the Americas. "The Lost Duchess" is a story about Emme, a lady in waiting of sorts to Queen... " Read more of this review »
The Lost Duchess by Jenny Barden
" 'You like to hear of the world, don't you? To learn who's doing what and why. For a young maiden you have a lively curiosity.'

Only a few pages into this novel, the above lines are used to describe Emme Fifield, and we know immediately that she des... " Read more of this review »
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An enthralling tale of divided loyalties, illicit passion, and the untangling of a gruesome murder during the American War of Independence, when New York was an occupied city under siege, and allegiances were ever shifting. Compellingly written with...more
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Exquisitely crafted and meticulously researched, 'The Handfasted Wife' takes a poignant look at the lives of some of the leading women affected by the power politics and turmoil at the time of the Norman Conquest. The novel has an original focus on E...more
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