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The Funeral That Wasn’t

  Novel-writing is an extended exercise in creative decision making. You start out with a blank page or screen, like a block of stone that a sculptor has yet to touch. And just as that sculptor looks at his block, pondering where to place his chisel and hammer for the first blow, so a writer

The Normans: basically Vikings who spoke French

One condition of securing the lands that became Normandy was that Rollo the Strider had to abandon his pagan Norse gods, such as Odin and Thor and convert to Christianity. By the time of Duke Robert and his son William, the Dukes were highly devout – William, for example, went to Mass every day. But

Rollo the Strider

The moment I first encountered the story of Rollo, first Duke of Normandy, I knew I had to find a way to get it into ‘Devil’, because once you’ve met Rollo you understand exactly why the line of Dukes that followed him were not only warmongering, pillaging, maiden-snatching warriors, but also shrewd and calculating rulers.

Introduction to the Leopards of Normandy Trilogy

This proposal is the result of a personal passion – virtually an obsession – dating back more than a dozen years. It began with an episode of Simon Schama’s TV series A History of Britain in which he vividly described the bloated body of William the Conqueror, lying at the priory of St Gervais in