Early Modern Period


Gone with the Tudor Wind


1939 has long been considered a mirabilis annus (miraculous year) in Hollywood history. There has never been a year like it for memorable films. In 1939, Judy Garland took us over the rainbow in The…

The Other Anne Boleyn


Two Anne’s. One fighting for her Queen-ship, the other head of Princess Mary’s household. They may have shared the same name, but it seems very unlikely they would have shared a friendship.  During the early…

Africans in Tudor England


Few historians have the courage to challenge entrenched views, or historical misconceptions. Onyeka is one of those historians, who in Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, Their Presence, Status and Origins invites us to relook at…

Will Shakespeare As A Teenager


In his new Elizabethan thriller, The Queen’s Man, Rory Clements sends his hero John Shakespeare home to Stratford-upon-Avon. The year is 1582 – a momentous year for the Shakespeare family. When William Shakespeare was eighteen…

Charlie’s Merry Mistresses


To be honest, back in the day you weren’t really a King without a lovely piece on the side. And if there is one King who took full advantage of this it was King Charles…

Caravaggio: A Very Modern Hero


Someone asked me why I chose to write a novel about Caravaggio (‘The Caravaggio Conspiracy’ is out now). Well, really I’d be mad not to. In all my art thrillers I’ve had strong characters, famous painters like…