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Kate Innes

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I was born in London, of South African parents, and spent my early life in America. At eighteen, I returned to Britain and studied Archaeology and Teaching. Two years working in rural schools in Zimbabwe helped me to grow up very quickly!

When I returned to Britain, I worked as a Museum Education Officer around the Midlands, and began to write in earnest after the arrival of my three children.

I write about the deep past. My first historical novel- 'The Errant Hours' is based on real events in the 13th century Welsh Marches. It was inspired by the seductive art of illuminated manuscripts and the influential legends of the time. These themes weave together into a story of survival and courage, trickery and love.

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Kate Innes There were two things that prompted the story. The first was a small female stone effigy (a type of tombstone) of a woman holding a book, dated to the…moreThere were two things that prompted the story. The first was a small female stone effigy (a type of tombstone) of a woman holding a book, dated to the late 13th century, which is in our local village church. This was probably a heart burial. It was quite common in medieval times for nobles to have organs buried separately, in a place of importance to the deceased. It struck me that the depiction of the plainly dressed woman, smiling and clutching her book expressed very clearly the understanding of books as unique and powerful objects that people had at that time.
The other starting point was a manuscript that I found on a British Library website, a description of the torture and death of the 4th century Saint Margaret. These manuscripts were used as birthing aids, as St Margaret was said to be the patron saint of childbirth. The paintings of the saint are smudged from women repeatedly kissing the image of the saint to beg for a safe delivery of their baby. I found this very intriguing and moving, and knew at once that it was going to be a crucial part of the book.(less)
Kate Innes I trained as an archaeologist originally, and I do find that it is the every day objects and buildings that people used long ago, as well as the beaut…moreI trained as an archaeologist originally, and I do find that it is the every day objects and buildings that people used long ago, as well as the beautiful detailed paintings from centuries past which really fire my imagination. (less)
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Wild Labyrinth – Review from Dr Anne E Bailey

I’m very grateful to Dr Anne E Bailey, Oxford University Medievalist and expert in medieval pilgrimage, for reading and reviewing ‘Wild Labyrinth’. I’m also extremely relieved that she considered it historically accurate as well as entertaining!

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