King John, Treachery and Tyranny in Medieval England by Marc Morris

One of my English friends on Face Book says that King John is considered the worst king England ever had. After reading the details of King John’s life and reign in historian Marc Morris’s book, I would have to conclude that that is probably true. If I were to write a continuation of Plutarch’s Parallel [...]

Book Review: When Christ and His Saints Slept by Sharon Kay Penman

When Christ and His Saints Slept, by Sharon Kay Penman, is one of the most magnificent works of historical fiction I’ve ever read. It spans a period of approximately fifty-five years, from the early childhood of King Stephen to the succession of Henry the Second to the throne of England. Penman’s narrative is lively and [...]

Book Review: In Vain by Barbara Geisler

Barbara Geisler’s book In Vain just won the BAIPA (Bay Area Independent Publisher’s Association) award for best Historical Fiction. This is Barbara’s third book in her Averillian series about Sister Averilla at the Shaftsbury monastery 12th Century England. The other two books are Other Gods and Graven Images. In Vain is a prequel to the [...]