Promised supplies for the Irish from the Duke of Lorraine: The relief that fell short

In what would be the final months of the Irish resistance against the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland, the Irish brigades were at a breaking point. Since Oliver Cromwell landed in Dublin with an invading force in August 1649, the Irish forces (at first centralized, then fractured into autonomous brigades) relied on support from local populations. But by the end of 1651, the brigades were desperately short of supplies and faced the prospect of surrender.

Edmund O’Dwyer: Commander of the Irish forces in Waterford and Tipperary

Sometimes a name in history catches my eye. The figure stands out from the other historical players, and before I know it, I’m wading through everything I can to find out about them. This was what happened when I started researching the Cromwellian invasion of Ireland for my novel Rebel’s Knot and came across Edmund O’Dwyer.

The Irish Resistance against the Cromwellian Invasion

One of the final chapters of the War of the Three Kingdoms, also known as the English Civil War, was the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland that started in 1649. England’s Parliament had been at war with King Charles I for the past seven years which ended in his execution on January 29, 1649. But Royalist resistance did not die with the king, and the fledgling Commonwealth of England was rightly concerned about his son and heir, Charles Stuart, raising an army against them. Parliament’s attention then turned to stamping out Royalist support in Scotland and Ireland. Background Parliament was particularly…

New Release: Introducing Rebel’s Knot

It’s publication day! Rebel’s Knot has been released into the world! This is the third novel in my standalone series, The Quest for the Three Kingdoms, and features the conflict in Ireland during the final days of the Irish resistance against the English invasion. As with the first two books, Rebel’s Knot is a standalone romantic adventure that can be read even if you haven’t read the others (but I hope you will). For a limited time, Rebel’s Knot is available at the special publication price of 1.99 worldwide and across all retailers.  About Rebel’s Knot Ireland 1652: In the desperate, final days of the English invasion . . . A…

When Starlings Fly As One with Nancy Blanton: Inspired by 17th century Ireland @nancy_blanton

It’s always a pleasure to welcome a fellow 17th century enthusiast to my blog, especially an author whose literary interests mirror my own. Nancy Blanton is the author of four novels set in 17th century Ireland, and she delivers an evocative setting, exceptional dialogue, rich characterization and a story laced with adventure and romance. It’s not hard to see why I’m a huge fan of her work. Her latest is When Starlings Fly as One, is set during the Irish Rebellion of 1641. The historical and political events are complex, but Nancy weaves them effortlessly into the story of a…