Selected Works

Historical Fiction
Six authors bring to life overlapping stories of patricians and slaves, warriors and politicians, villains and heroes who cross each others' path during Pompeii's fiery end.
Caught in the deadly world of the Renaissance's most notorious family, three outsiders must decide if they will flee the dangerous dream of power.
The Borgia family begins its legendary rise, chronicled by an innocent girl who finds herself drawn into their dangerous web.
The lives of an ambitious soldier, a patrician heiress and a future emperor fatefully intersect.
The Year of Four Emperors - and four very different women struggling to survive
A brilliant and paranoid Emperor, a wary and passionate slave girl – who will survive?

Ave Historia: An irreverent look at historical fiction today: books trends, historical tidbits, and random tangents

Happy Mother's Day

May 7, 2010

Tags: mother's day, mothers, Anne Boleyn, Mary Tudor, Elizabeth I, Catherine de'Medici, Isabeau of Bavria, Vanora Bennett, The Queen's Lover, Katie Nolan, A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Scarlett O'Hara, Gone With The Wind

In honor of Mother's Day, I thought I'd do a post on great historical mothers. Only I can't think of any great historical mothers – not because they didn't exist, but because the idea of motherhood changes so radically from era to era. What does constitute a good mother in times past? (more…)

Here Comes The Bride

September 21, 2009

Tags: Weddings, Prince Lionel, Violante Visconti, Margaret of Scotland, Edward II, Mary Tudor, Louis XII, Mary Queen of Scots, Queen Victoria, Roman wedding customs, Spartan wedding customs

I happen to be getting married in two weeks, and as my thoughts lightly turn not to romance but to the necessity of dealing with things like photographers and centerpieces, I can’t help but think of famous historical weddings. How did brides of the past do it?

Perhaps the most opulent wedding in (more…)