Category Archives: Murder

Sex, Violence and the Seventh Century – oh, and Slavery

Recently, I read a review of┬áSlaves and Warriors in Early Medieval Britain and Ireland, 800-1200 by David Wyatt (Leiben and Boston, Brill, 2009). The review was by Richard Marsden and published in issue five of the Kelvingrove Review. I have … Continue reading

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The Sequel

I am now back on track with the planning for the second book. At this stage, the first book is called Cuckold and the second one will be called Sacrifice. Both revolve around real murders. Cuckold investigated the murder of … Continue reading

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Preface

Just before Christmas, I did something very bold. I gave the text to somebody to read. Their verdict was, on the whole, not too bad, although they were confused by the Anglo-Saxon and Brythonic names ( I hope I am … Continue reading

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England in Autumn and the Death of Edwin of Deira

I have been travelling over the last few weeks, reminding myself about what the natural world is doing at this time of year in England. According to Bede, Edwin of Northumbria’s final battle was on the 12th of October 633 … Continue reading

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A Trilogy

The realisation has been dawning on me that I am dragging my feet about re-writes on the novel because I don’t actually want to finish it(!) So today, sitting in the hairdressers (you can do that on a weekday when … Continue reading

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The rest of the Prologue

Georgia and Charlotte were kind enough to say that they enjoyed the first part of the prologue, so here is the rest, just for them: … Twelve new shield companions returned with Edwin and his old friends. That winter they … Continue reading

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Did Breguswith Kill Hereric?

The story that I am writing concerns a real murder, which took place in the early 7th century in the British kingdom of Elmet. This murder is unusual (the whole genre of crime fiction notwithstanding) because we don’t know who … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Seventh Century

Who killed Hereric of Deira in Elmet? These pages will contain the musings of a retired historian. Having spent my working life researching and writing the history of medicine, mainly in the twentieth century, I am now indulging myself by … Continue reading

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