Book Review: Dangerous Women, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois

review dangerous women

The twenty-one story anthology features a wide array of modern and historical fiction, sci-fi and fantasy.

Book Review: The Donation Of Constantine: A Novel, by Simon LeVay

The Donation of Constantine by Simon LeVay

Love conquers all. Even the Donation of Constantine.

Great Medieval Fiction 2013!

Dangerous Women

For those of you who enjoy some fantasy or a historical novel – this list is for you!

Interview with Heather Day Gilbert, author of God’s Daughter

heather day gilbert

I want them to reach a large audience–in particular, an audience interested in Viking history. I guess I wanted to bring Viking history into people’s lives in a memorable way, sort of like Marian Zimmer Bradley brought King Arthur to life with The Mists of Avalon.

Viking Women: Not as Different as You Might Think

FinalKindlecoverGD

My novel, God’s Daughter, tells the story of Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir.

Game of Thrones and Machiavelli

Game of Thrones machiavelli

Megan Cavell reports on the lecture ‘Power is a Curious Thing: Game of Thrones as a Machiavellian Mirror for Princes’ given by Janice Liedl

Templar (Graphic Novel)

Templar (Graphic Novel)

Graphic novels that focus on the medieval period are getting more and more popular – and works like Templar are a good reason why. Set during the downfall of the Templar Order in 1307, it is a historical adventure story that combines action, humour and romance with some royal politics and a mysterious treasure.

INTERVIEW: Author Tinney Sue Heath

A Thing Done - Front Cover 640

In late July, I posted a book review on, “A Thing Done”, by Tinney Sue Heath. The book explores the fantastic world of Italian medieval vendetta during the thirteenth century. Here is my interview with this talented and accomplished author.

Book Review: A Thing Done, by Tinney Sue Heath

Book Review: A Thing Done, by Sue Heath Tinney

I’ve read a lot of historical novels over the last few years but I have to say that hands down, this one is at the top of my list.

Interview with author Isolde Martyn

Isolde Martyn

Isolde Martyn is best-selling author of historical fiction, much of it centred on the Wars of the Roses.

If the name fits: names in J. R. R. Tolkien’s fiction

jrr tolkien

The nomenclature within Tolkien’s novels is very carefully done, taking into consideration attributes such as etymology, symbolism, and onomatopoeia. In some instances the author has drawn from Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse, but most of his creations emerged from his own invented languages Quenya and Sindarin, the two main tongues spoken by elves.

Broken April and Albanian Blood Feud

Broken April and Albanian Blood Feud

Their tribal codes are recorded in a Medieval text known as the Kanun. The Kanun dictates many facets of life, one of which is the custom known as ‘blood feud.’

Strategies of War in Westeros

westeros

George R.R. Martin’s Westeros seems to have an unreasonably large number of battles compared to the real Middle Ages. In A Clash of Kings there are no less than five field actions during the course of Robb Stark’s one-year campaign in the South

Politics, Hidden Agendas and a Game of Thrones

Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones.

The novel is analyzed from an intersectional perspective, and focuses on women’s positions in the power hierarchy, and in what ways they use their sexuality to access power.

The Fall of Arthur by J.R.R. Tolkien released today

The Fall of Arthur by J.R.R. Tolkien

The poem, using Old English alliterative meter and written in modern English recounts how Arthur was a British military leader fighting the Saxon invasion, and includes characters such as Guinevere, Lancelot and Mordred.

Book Review: Shadow on the Crown

Shadow on the Crown

A review of Patricia Bracewell’s book: Shadow on the Crown.

Down and Out in Westeros, or: Economy and Society in George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire

Down and Out in Westeros, or: Economy and Society in George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire

So What’s a Dragon Worth, Anyway?

BOOK REVIEW: “Death Before Compline”

Death Before Compline - Sharan Newman

BOOK REVIEW: Death Before Compline Bagwyn Books (2012) Sharan Newman This short book, DEATH BEFORE COMPLINE is a great collection of murder-mystery stories by Sharan Newman. It features the adventures of Sharan’s popular and much loved heroine, Catherine LeVendeur, a crime solving woman living in twelfth century France. The stories are chronologically ordered, starting from […]

Interview with Andrea Cefalo, author of The Fairytale Keeper

Andrea Cefalo, author of The Fairytale Keeper, with a student

The Fairytale Keeper series answer the question: what if all Grimm’s fairy tales originated with one person?

Interview with Jeri Westerson, author

Jeri Westerson

I took the tropes of your typical hard-boiled detective series—the lone detective with a chip on his shoulder–who is hard drinking, tough-talking, tough fighting character–the dark streets and dark doings of crime and subculture of criminals and intrigue, the femme fatale—and let them slide into the medieval era.

The Half-Hanged Man

The Half-Hanged Man by David Pilling

I’ve wanted to write a novel set during the latter half of the 14th century for a long time. Even by medieval standards, this was a brutal and bloody era, with much of Europe plunged into dynastic wars.

“Kid Beowulf” – A New Graphic Novel for Kids!

Kid Beowulf

I had the chance to interview graphic novelist Alexis Fajardo about his new children’s comic book Kid Beowulf!

Kerry, Ireland A.D. 800 – medieval children’s book

Kerry Ireland

Set in Ireland’s majestic Ring of Kerry in the year 800, the tale is an inspiring coming-of-age adventure that deals with life lessons on the backdrop of an educational and entertaining plot

Author looking to crowdfund novel set in the aftermath of the Norman invasion of 1066

Battle of Hastings

A British author is using the innovative crowdfunding publisher Unbound to raise fund to create a new novel set in eleventh-century England.

The Hobbit: “sales are not very great” wrote Tolkien

Tolkien Letter  - image courtesy University of Leeds

The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, was one of the most popular novels of the 20th century, but a letter by the author just after the book was published reveals that sales were initially slow and that a second printing may not happen.

medievalverse magazine