My second novel, which I’m currently researching, will be set in Puglia in the late 1500s.  It will explore the challenges facing women’s lives from an angle that I hope will cut through the centuries.  Though the central characters will be fictional, the story will emerge from historical facts I discovered in archives in Italy.

If you’re curious about the research behind the novel, click here.

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The victory of Good over Evil, detail from the portal of the conventual church of San Benedetto, Brindisi, 11th century
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Santa Maria del Casale, Brindisi, 13th century, where the trial ending in the suppression of the Knights Templar of the Kingdom of Sicily took place in 1310
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Rare books

Photo credits:

Santa Maria del Casale by Roberto Sernicola at Italian Wikipedia.  Reproduced under Public Domain license.

Rare Books by Roman Kraft. Reproduced under CC licence via Unsplash.