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Welcome! I write historical fiction and nonfiction set in medieval and Tudor England and, most recently, nineteenth-century America. My latest novel, The First Lady and the Rebel, will be published in October 2019. It tells the story of Mary Lincoln and her Confederate half-sister, Emily Todd Helm.

As a writer of biographical fiction, one of my main goals is to avoid the stereotypes, myths, and misconceptions that have gathered around historical figures over the centuries. At the same time, I strive to remain true to known historical facts and to the mores of the times in which my characters lived. I use both primary sources and modern historical research to bring my characters to life.

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Why Isabelle d’Angoulême is hard to love: Guest Post by Sharon Bennett Connolly


I’m delighted to welcome Sharon Bennett Connolly back to my blog! I’ve known Sharon since her blogging days, and was delighted when she began to publish her biographies of historical women, including her brand-new one, Ladies of Magna Carta. Today’s woman, Isabelle of Angoulême, is one who’s long intrigued me. Over to Sharon!










At first sight, it is easy to have sympathy for Isabelle of
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“Go to the devil Harry." I turned away, then looked back over my shoulder. "But you already have, haven't you?”
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message 14: by Irina

Irina Thanks so much for accepting friendship! and On such a day I cannot not ask you - haven't you thought of writing a book on Henry Tudor and Elizabeth of York story? Maybe a short story - an episode from their lives? I think you can do them justice because their love story has been very poorly portrayed in fiction (maybe even screwed up by some…). I feel they deserve so much more respect!


message 13: by Susan

Susan Jane wrote: "A question! I'm reading Philippa Gregory's latest, covering the last few Plantagenets. In 1478 Edward, son of George, Duke of Clarence, is sent to Flanders for safety. In 1482 he's living with Anne..."

It was claimed at George's trial that George planned to send his son away, but I don't know of any evidence that he did. Edward became a ward of the crown after his father's death. Around 1480 (I'm not where I can check the date), he became the ward of the Marquis of Dorset and remained in his care until Richard seized power.


message 12: by Jane

Jane A question! I'm reading Philippa Gregory's latest, covering the last few Plantagenets. In 1478 Edward, son of George, Duke of Clarence, is sent to Flanders for safety. In 1482 he's living with Anne & Richard (soon III) and only 7. Somehow this doesn't feel consistent internally & with history I've read. Do you know anything about this?


message 11: by Susan

Susan Good morning, Christine!


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Susan Sarah, thanks! Sorry, I didn't see your comment earlier.


Christine Hatfield good morning


Sarah  (sarahandherbookshelves) Just bought two of your books The Stolen Crown, and the Queen of Last Hope. Cant wait to read them I hear they are very good!!


message 7: by Susan

Susan Orsolya wrote: "I had to mention that while at Barnes & Noble yesterday, I showed my boyfriend your books and that I converse with on here and he was impressed :)"

Thanks, Orsolya!


Orsolya I had to mention that while at Barnes & Noble yesterday, I showed my boyfriend your books and that I converse with on here and he was impressed :)


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Susan Samantha wrote: "Thanks for the add Susan. Not sure if you remember me but I emailed you some time ago regarding a certain lady during the reign of Edward VI/Protector Somerset :) I just wanted to thank you for you..."

Thanks, Samantha! Glad to have been of help!


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Susan Thanks, Sherrida!


Sherrida Woodley Thanks for "connecting." Your quotes give me a snippet of your writing which is immediately interesting. I'll be reading at least one of your books and giving one to a friend just returning from England.


Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi Susan and thanks so much for the friendship!
Blessings,
Jeannie


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