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S.D. Sykes

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SD Sykes (Sarah) lives in Kent, but grew up in Somerset and then South London. She is a graduate from Manchester University and was inspired to finish her first novel, Plague Land, after attending the novel writing course at literary agents, Curtis Brown. She has also written for radio and has developed screenplays with Arts Council funding. She has a passion for medieval history, and her books in the Somershill Manor series, are set in 14th Century England.

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S.D. Sykes Hi Anthony. Thank you for this question, and I'm so pleased that you have enjoyed the Somershill books. I have two main ways of approaching my researc…moreHi Anthony. Thank you for this question, and I'm so pleased that you have enjoyed the Somershill books. I have two main ways of approaching my research before writing. Firstly, I'm lucky enough to live in rural Kent, where there are many buildings that have survived from the 14th century - such as Penshurst Place, Ightham Mote, Scotney Castle and Bodiam Castle to name a few. I make an effort to visit and spend time in as many of these places as possible, just to soak up the atmosphere and imagine how life must have been 650 years ago.

In terms of desk research, I have relied heavily on the following primary sources, all of which date from around the period I'm writing in:
The Luttrell Psalter - a 14th Century prayer book with incredible illustrations of everyday life from the 1340s.
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
Piers Plowman by William Langland
The Travels of Sir John Mandeville
The Book of Margery Kempe

My secondary sources have included the following books - all of which I can thoroughly recommend if you are interested to find out more.
The Black Death by John Hatcher
The Scourging Angel by Benedict Gummer
The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer

Other than that, it is trips to many museums, the British Library and reading PHD papers from students with a specific interest in medieval history.



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S.D. Sykes I'm currently working on my third book in the Somershill manor series. It's 1358 and my protagonist, Oswald de Lacy has travelled to Venice, as he mak…moreI'm currently working on my third book in the Somershill manor series. It's 1358 and my protagonist, Oswald de Lacy has travelled to Venice, as he makes a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The city is an overcrowded, thriving and exciting place - but it is also dark and dangerous - full of temptation, corruption and paranoia. When Oswald makes a terrible mistake, he finds himself at the centre of a murder investigation. (less)
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