Yes, things have been mighty quiet here, but for a very good reason: I am almost finished with my new novel, Hanging Mary (the official title). It’s the story of Mary Surratt, the first woman hanged by the United States government, and her young boarder, Nora Fitzpatrick.
Once Mary is duly hanged, l’ll be posting here more regularly and updating my sadly neglected website. And since my next two contracted projects are nonfiction books about Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, and Margaret of Anjou, you can look forward to a thoroughly eclectic mix of medieval/Tudor and American Civil War posts here. (Fun fact: Did you know that John Wilkes Booth spent several years of his childhood in a house named Tudor Hall, built by his actor father?)
In the meantime, here’s an old photograph of the house where much of the events of Hanging Mary take place: the Surratt boardinghouse at 541 H Street in Washington, DC (now 604 H Street, and home of the Wok and Roll Restaurant. Best Wok and Roll Google review: “Every time I go here, I feel like killing President Lincoln.”).
And last but definitely not least, my Edward II buddy from way back, Kathryn Warner, has just published a biography of—you guessed it—Edward II! She’ll be stopping by here on October 30 as part of her blog tour, so please remember the date!