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.

The victory of Good over Evil, detail from the portal of the conventual church of San Benedetto, Brindisi, 11th century
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
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.