I’m currently writing my second novel, which is set in Southern Italy in the late 1500s.  It explores the challenges facing women’s lives from an angle that I hope will cut through the centuries.  Though some of the central characters are fictional, the story emerges from historical facts I discovered in archives in Italy, and which I’ve spent years piecing together through research. It’s about events which deserve to be better known: they show how the legacy of history still impacts our lives, and prompt us to query widespread present-day attitudes future generations will decry.

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.