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Carla Nayland writes historical fiction set in Britain in the period between the Roman occupation and the Norman Conquest (5th to 11th centuries AD), and fiction set in an invented world loosely based on medieval and Renaissance Britain. Carla Nayland has a lifelong interest in history and archaeology and considered doing a degree in the subject in her spare time, until deciding it would be much more fun to explore it in historical fiction instead. Historical fiction is more absorbing to write than a research paper, because it requires imagining a past society in all its detail, and requires the author to make choices and follow up the consequences. The result is also rather more enjoyable to read than a thesis.

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December recipe: Stollen

Stollen

Stollen is a fruit bread from Germany, traditionally associated with Christmas in the same sort of way as mince piesare associated with Christmas in Britain. My recipe is based on one given me by a friend of a friend some years ago, modified in various ways since. I particularly like the approach of filling the bread with a thin spiral layer of marzipan like a Swiss roll, rather than t Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 23, 2016 11:34
Average rating: 4.33 · 49 ratings · 15 reviews · 2 distinct works
Paths of Exile

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Ingeld's Daughter

4.33 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2006 — 2 editions
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To Defy a King by Elizabeth Chadwick
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Elizabeth Chadwick’s Marshal-Bigod family saga reaches the third generation, exploring family and social relationships in twelfth-century England through the marriage between Mahelt Marshal (daughter of William Marshal) and Hugh Bigod (son of Roger B ...more
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Sympathetic portrait of Margaret of Anjou and her role in the Wars of the Roses in fourteenth-century England.
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Rebellion by James McGee
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Surprisingly un-gripping political thriller set in Napoleonic Paris, where disaffected military officers attempt a coup against Bonaparte while he is away on the Russian campaign.
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The Forever Queen by Helen Hollick
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Set in England, Normandy and Denmark in the first half of the eleventh century, this detailed historical novel follows the eventful life of Emma of Normandy, wife of two English kings and mother of two more.
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I Am the Chosen King by Helen Hollick
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Detailed recreation of the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings in 1066, with Harold Godwinesson and his handfast wife Edyth Swan-neck as the central characters. Athough it's one of the most well-known events in English history, the novel mana ...more
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Rollicking adventure yarn set in an invented world with a distinct resemblance to sixteenth-century France and England. Catherine, heiress to the throne of Lyonesse, has been brought up in exile at the court of l'Aquitaine, traditional enemy of Lyone ...more
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The Duke's Agent by Rebecca Jenkins
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Stylish historical mystery with well-defined characters and a clear sense of time and place, set in Northumberland in the early nineteenth century.
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The Tribute Bride by Theresa Tomlinson
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When a severe flood ruins the harvest and her father cannot pay the grain tribute demanded by his overlord, the fearsome Athelfrid of Bernicia, young Princess Acha is sent north as a tribute instead. Athelfrid already has a queen, the beautiful and c ...more
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