I’ve been pinching myself quite a lot lately. Every time I catch a glimpse of the book I end up smiling like a bloody loon and thinking “holy crap, I actually wrote that”.
The journey into “Cesare & Lucrezia Borgia: Brother and Sister of History’s Most Vilified Family” started not long after my first book was published back in 2016. I knew immediately after finishing my mini biography on Cesare that I wanted to write something bigger – and that it had to include both siblings. So I started writing. And now, four years later and with two previous mini biographies under my belt, here we are. There have been ups and downs whilst working on this project like you wouldn’t believe – at times it’s been an absolute roller coaster of emotions. But it’s taken me to some of the most beautiful places in Italy, had me connecting with some of the friendliest people you could ever meet (here’s looking at you P&S!) and had me with my head in some truly wonderful books and documents on these two fascinating individuals.
I couldn’t have done ANY of this without the support of my family, my partner, my wonderful publisher and of course each and every one of my readers. Thank you all so much for joining me on this journey, and I hope you’ll join me as I continue to explore some amazing eras in history.
Cesare & Lucrezia Borgia: Brother and Sister of History’s Most Vilified Family is available now from Pen & Sword and all good book stores. Amazon will shortly be getting their hands on stock too!
But I am absolutely, well and truly, Renaissanced out.
I suppose that’s something that comes with the territory of being a writer and historian – you spend so many years researching a subject that you just end up being completely burned out by it. And it’s actually quite a scary thing to say – “oh hey, yeah this is my specialist subject but right now the thought of even looking at anything Renaissance related makes me want to punch myself in the face” – but there we are. And that’s where I am right now.
It couldn’t have come at a worse time really, what with the Borgia siblings book coming out next month and all the edits that need doing on Savonarola. Truth be told I’m not all that sure how to deal with this because I need to still be looking into the Renaissance – it’s my thing after all.
But I have to admit, it’s been really nice researching something else for these past few weeks. Everything is new and fresh and I’m learning so much about an era of history I’d never really thought about before. Maybe a break away from researching the Renaissance is exactly what I need – maybe it will reinvigorate my love for the era? Not that it really needs reinvigorating, but you know what I mean.
I’m not sure. It’s a really strange place to be. But for now I’m just going to concentrate on burying myself in the world of the Templars and getting everything ready for the Borgia book release on 30th September. I am REALLY excited for this book to be released into the wild and I hope you will all join me on release day – potentially doing a Facebook live for you all. Keep your eyes peeled.