Whilst Raymond waited in his camp on a small peninsula on the border between Wexford and Waterford, what was keeping Strongbow? One can only imagine the difficulty of recruiting a private army at a time when every man of substance who wished to advance his career was pursuing opportunities to impress and, eventually, serve his king. Strongbow was not the only noble who had supported the wrong side during the Anarchy. There were others who needed to find a way of regaining the position they had lost with the upon coronation of Henry II. Meanwhile, Strongbow’s future son-in-law was making … Continue reading A Charismatic Leader Picks his Team
Look out for my next post about Strongbow as the 850th anniversary of his arrival in Ireland approaches. Continue reading Weekend Walk in the Garden #19: 9th Auguit 2020
Historical fiction can be a daunting genre to write in. Endlessly fascinating and rewarding, yes. But still daunting. Continue reading 6 Principles for Writing HIstorical Fiction
In the greenhouse the tomatoes are ripening. The picture is misleading, however: they are not as large as they seem! Continue reading Weekend Walk in the Garden #18 – 2nd August 2020
July is finishing up as it began – the weather is extremely variable. There is grain ready for harvest but with barely two consecutive days of dry weather I’m guessing the farmers are becoming frustrated. In my garden the dahlias … Continue reading Weekend Walk in the Garden #17 – 26th July 2020
By sending the Irish party there – it was, after all, on their route back to Ireland – he could kill two birds with one stone. There were men there who would welcome a foreign expedition. They could report back on the likelihood of such a venture achieving success. Continue reading Men With Grievances.
The sweet peas have not climbed much. The few flowers they have produced are pretty, nonetheless. They smell nice, too. Continue reading Weekend Walk in the Garden #16 – 19th July 2020
How often did either party wonder if tomorrow would be the day when everything changed? Continue reading A Summer of Nervously Waiting: Ireland in 1170.
That blank corner is the lingering evidence of a mistake I made this winter. Continue reading Weekend Walk in the Garden #15: 12th July 2020