I’m all Renaissanced out…

I never thought I would say this.

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.


My goodness, I feel like I haven’t stopped these past few months. Lockdown due to covid has certainly kept me busy – what with finishing off the Savonarola book and starting my next project, working the day job and all the over bits and bobs in between. Things have been a bit…well, manic I guess. And because of that I’ve not been paying attention to the blog.

Hashtag worst blogger ever.

Just a bit of an update:

Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia: Brother & Sister of History’s Most Vilified Family is out on SEPTEMBER 30TH. That’s just over a month away, folks. You can get your pre-orders in directly through Pen & Sword, or via Amazon. On launch day I’m planning on having a bottle of champagne and PERHAPS doing a little Facebook Live launch party. Please do keep an eye on facebook and twitter for news on that one.

As mentioned, the Savonarola manuscript is complete and the editing process has begun. I’ve a feeling this is going to be a very long process this time and in all honesty I’m not looking forward to it. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done on it still before it can be released on the world.

My next project is an absolute MOUNTAIN of a topic. And whilst at the moment I can’t go into a huge amount of detail about it – it’s going to be one of the only pieces of work in English on a certain Templar. I’m scared. I’m honestly scared as hell. But at the same time I am very very excited. I’ll be talking a lot about my research and how things are going over on the facebook page and twitter so please do swing on by.

Speaking of Templars, I received a book in the post today. Book post is always awesome. But the thing is…I didn’t order this mystery book. There are no orders made by me on Amazon or anywhere, no confirmation emails and I am so so confused. Still, it’s a gorgeous hardback book and will be of great help in my upcoming research so….thank you to whoever sent me this mystery book!

On that happy little note, I’ll sign off. Keep an eye out for news on a potential virtual launch party for the Borgia book!