Renaissance History

Assassination of Duke Louis I d'Orleans

A Legacy Shaped by Women and Kings

In 16th century France, the d’Orléans family emerged from its enforced obscurity to take central stage. It owed its success to several remarkable women and lucky marriage alliances. From navigating political turmoil to promoting cultural and religious reform, the d’Orléans family played a pivotal role in shaping France during this tumultuous period. The kings, and […]

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How I Became Interested In The French Renaissance

This post was originally published on Mary Anne Bernal’s blog Let Your Words Shine. Many people ask me how I became interested in the French renaissance. It’s a long story. The year I was five, I lived with my grandparents to go to grade one. It was the most formative of my life. Escaping from

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Tony Riches of The Writing Desk interviews me about The Importance of Pawns

This post was originally published on The Writing Desk. The sixteenth century French court dazzles on the surface. But beneath its glitter, danger lurks for those caught up in its flux. Based on actual historical events and characters, this riveting story will keep you turning the pages until the end. It is also a timeless

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The Story Behind The Importance of Pawns or How I Developed My Debut Novel

This post was originally published on Ruins & Reading. The story behind The Importance of Pawns or how I developed my debut novel is long and tortuous. Yet you could not have asked about a topic closer to my heart. Historical fiction has been my favourite genre since I learned to read at five. At

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A Brief History of Princess Renée de France: Staunch Huguenot

You’ll find my brief history of the life of Princess Renée de France, a stanch Huguenot, at The Freelance History Writer. I recently wrote a guest blog post there to celebrate the launch of my novel The Importance of Pawns. In the post, I give an overview of the tumultuous life that Princess Renée lived.

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Renée de France’s Difficult Life

Born on 25 October 1510 at the Château de Blois, Renée de France’s life did not begin as difficult. She was the second daughter of Louis XII of France and Anne of Brittany. Blessed with a Golden Infancy Unusually for the times, Louis stayed in the queen’s chambers during Renée’s birth. Even though they had

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