Ann Fanshawe: A Memoir of Love

Once upon a time, there was a woman in the 17th Century who loved her husband very, very much. Her name was Ann Fanshawe. Come join me at the English Historical Fiction Authors Blog today when I share with you the writings of Ann Fanshawe and her enduring love for her husband Richard. Click here to read more…

Puzzles in the Historical Record: The Highwayman Did It?

When sifting through historical records, it’s not uncommon to accept at face value the recorded events, particularly when the source is contemporary. But people remember events differently, either naturally or by design. We observe our world through a lens thickened by expectation and human experience. Even well-documented historical events have gaps. The escape of King Charles II is a good example of this. The details of his flight following the Battle of Worcester are contained in the collection of contemporary accounts known as the Boscobel Tracts. These were written during the Restoration, over a decade after the escape. But there is…

Finding the Fugitive King a Ship (Finale)

Up until now, our fugitive King, Charles Stuart, has hidden in a tree, fought off a deranged miller, crouched in a priest’s hole, sparred with a Republican smith, and ridden past a sea of enemy dragoons, all while picking up lessons on the speech and comportment of a country fellow. He’s had a busy time of it, but now we get to the final stretch. Our King must find a ship. After Charles had left the Nortons of Abbotsleigh, he arrived at Trent, the home of a close acquaintance, Colonel Frank Wyndham, who set to work to find him a…