E.M. Powell

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E.M. Powell’s historical thriller FIFTH KNIGHT novels have been #1 Amazon and Bild bestsellers.

Her new Stanton & Barling medieval murder mystery series starts with THE KING’S JUSTICE, which is due for release on June 1 2018.

Born and raised in the Republic of Ireland into the family of Michael Collins (the legendary revolutionary and founder of the Irish Free State), she now lives in northwest England with her husband, daughter and a Facebook-friendly dog.

She is also a contributing editor to International Thriller Writers The Big Thrill magazine, blogs for English Historical Fiction Authors and is the social media manager for the Historical Novel Society.

She is represented by Josh Getzler at HSG.

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E.M. Powell Great question, Jasher- thanks! As with so much in historical fiction, research can help a lot. Even as far back as the 12th century, you had…moreGreat question, Jasher- thanks! As with so much in historical fiction, research can help a lot. Even as far back as the 12th century, you had chroniclers at court who wrote about people they witnessed. By reading their accounts, I found out that Henry II, for instance, had a terrible temper and spurned luxury. Hugh de Lacy, Henry's first Lord of Meath in Ireland is accused by Gerald of Wales as being "greedy for gold and more ambitious for his own advancement and pre-eminence than was proper."

Now, while all this factual background information helps, it's then the job of the novelist to make these people come to life. We interpret as many of the facts we have to create our fictional characters. So I create their own life stories up to the point of when the novel starts. That helps me to shape their motivation and their own internal challenges, as well as those that life is throwing at them. And they will often take on a life of their own- even I get surprised at what they get up to! (less)
E.M. Powell Hi Lucy, thanks so much for your lovely comments on my books! In answer to your question, yes, I have to do a lot of research. That's the case for…moreHi Lucy, thanks so much for your lovely comments on my books! In answer to your question, yes, I have to do a lot of research. That's the case for many writers but it's especially so in historical fiction. I want to make my fictional world as credible as possible and so have to find out as much as I possibly can about it. I'm very fortunate that there are wonderful historians out there who do the primary research, like looking at documents in the original Latin. They then write a history book about their findings that I can actually understand, which is great. I honestly love research. Yes, it's a lot of work and takes a lot of time. But often, I can be stuck with a plot or not sure about a character. Then I come across a historical fact that gives me a real 'a-ha' moment. So it can inspire me as well as problem solve, which is great!(less)
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Medieval Crime and Punishment: Henry II and the Common Law

King Henry II of England is best known in the popular imagination for the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket, a murder for which the King was blamed. Four knights broke into Canterbury Cathedral on 29 December 1170 and slew Becket in the most brutal manner.

The Murder of Thomas Becket c 1480 Public Domain- British Library
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“To her horror, Henry threw his head back and roared with laughter. “Sire, please, we’re in a chapel.” He snorted. “God doesn’t mind if we laugh aloud. He created us in His own image, remember.” “Exactly. Chaste, pure, contained, selfless. All the things I was before I met him.” “Oh, my dear girl. God is so much more than that.” Henry put his powerful hand over hers. “Palmer hasn’t changed you. He’s allowed you to be yourself, allowed you to be like your father, as well as your mother. Yes, you’ve had to do some hard, hard things. But so have I. And sometimes we have to ask God for forgiveness for what we’ve done. The glorious thing is, He grants it. It’s what He died for.”
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“Palmer looked back to see de Lacy still rolling across the muddy road from his fall, the destrier spinning and snorting from its refusal. ‘So you’ve got me, de Lacy?’ He faced forward again with another kick for greater speed. And a low-hanging branch slammed him from the saddle.”
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