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.

A Very Historical Christmas


First off, before the food coma and Prosecco drinking commences, I’d just like to wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I hope your day is spent relaxing and that you all have a wonderful time catching up with friends and family.

As I’m sure you all know, I have a bit of a problem when it comes to books. Meaning that I adore them. And I have far too many of them, And I spend far too much money on books. So it’s no surprise that my Christmas list this year was all books…

And what a haul it was!


The White King by Leanda de Lisle and To Catch A King by Charles Spencer are books that I’ve had my eye on for a while. I love Seventeenth Century England and in particular both Charles’! The Catholic Reformation by John C Olin is another one I’ve had my eye on for quite a while – let’s just say that I’m incredibly spoiled to have had that one under the tree!


Now then. I’m a HUGE fan of The Witcher video games which are based on the novels by Andrzej Sapkowski and I’ve wanted to read these for ageeeessssssss! These ones will be cracked open ASAP!


Now this one…this one truly is this icing on the cake and when I opened it, I might have squealed a little bit. Dinastia Borgia is more than just a book – it has three music CDs, all of which are Renaissance and Borgia inspired music, as well as a DVD documentary on Jordi Savell and his Borgia journey. The book, alas, is all in Italian so I’ll have to get learning! I absolutely cannot wait to start listening to the wonderful Renaissance music on these CDs – it’ll certainly get me in the mood for our upcoming research trip to Rome!

Once again, a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to each and every one of my readers. I’ll be cracking open the Prosecco later on and eating far too much – my blood sugars won’t like it but…It’s CHRISTMAS!