Category History

Devil Is Unique

You, the reader, may have noticed that several novels about William Marshal have been published. Is this a bad thing? Not at all. The historical record is very short on details for the Marshal’s life — details such as exact dates. The long poem about Will (“History of William Marshal,” ed. by A.J. Holden, Anglo-Norman […]

Why Me?

Historical novels written so far about William Marshal left me wanting more. So, I decided to write one myself. Why not? I was qualified to explore the events in twelfth-century England (and the western part of today’s France) because of a lifetime spent reading scholarly history books and a strong background in the writing profession. […]

The Devil’s Grandson: Foreword

In 1066, William, Duke of Normandy (now part of France) invaded England. After conquering the island, William made his companions the barons in the green and abundant land, rich in trees and game and men to work the fields. Four thousand Anglo-Saxon thanes in England were replaced by two hundred Norman barons. While the King […]