May 10, 2019

It was, on May 1 2019, 850 years to the day since Robert FitzStephen and his small armada of three ships landed at Bannow Bay in County Wexford, an act which heralded the beginning of the Norman takeover of much of Ireland.

To commemorate those events, the village of Ca...

June 29, 2018

Scheming? Murder? 12th century England? Set with the backdrop of one of the most important creations in history?

EM Powell’s new novel, The King’s Justice, ticks all the boxes.

It is 1176 – the height of King Henry II’s reign - and Aelred Barling and his assistant, Hugo...

October 2, 2017

In Ireland feuds can last for generations.

We have long memories and, historically, when moved to vengeance there is very little to be done to dissuade us from that path.

My own family have conducted quite a few down through the ages; we have warred with the Talbots over...

August 16, 2017

Was there ever a real Robin Hood or Maid Marian?

Well, no.

But surely there must be some historical basis for his adventures in medieval England?

We all know the legend of the swaggering outlaw who robs the rich to feed the poor while also fighting for the return of the r...

August 9, 2017

They really are box office, those Tudors. 

From amongst even the most impressive, melodramatic and powerful royal families in the world, somehow they still stand separate, their fame fueled by a seemingly insatiable appetite for stories and tales of their often gruesome...

February 2, 2017

When writing an odyssey it helps to have travelled. To write an adventurous life you will need to have lived one.

Few have made it so far and experienced so much as award-winning and highly acclaimed author Justin Hill. Born in The Bahamas and raised in Yorkshire, he wo...

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