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Tuesday, 22 July 2014 07:49

Duke of York slain!

  The story of THE GOLDEN WIDOWS begins in early 1461 so to help set the atmosphere, here is a news item: DUKE OF YORK SLAIN!The kingdom was reeling yesterday from news of a battle close by the town of Wakefield, Yorkshire.  Clifford, Commander of the Queen’s army, announced yesterday that the Duke of York had been slain, together with York’s second son, Edmund, Earl of Rutland, and their cousin, Thomas Neville, but Lord Clifford…
Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:23

About The Golden Widows

In the winter of 1460-61, it would have been hard to predict who would triumph in the bloody encounters between the Houses of York and Lancaster. For the wives of the noble lords caught up in the struggle, wondering whether their menfolk would survive the battles, must have caused much anguish. For those women whose husbands died on the losing side, there was the likelihood of their children being disinherited.    In The Golden Widows,…
It’s amazing what comes of giving author talks. In April after giving a PowerPoint presentation on researching Mistress to the Crown, one of the audience came up and introduce herself. She was the descendant of Margaret Woodville, the niece of Queen Elizabeth Woodville, King Edward IV’s queen. One of her other ancestors was Sir David Matthew of Glamorgan, who saved Edward’s life at the Battle of Towton. Definitely a man who changed the course of…
Thursday, 20 March 2014 06:19

New Book!

Phew! I’m happy to announce that after a very tough year (getting my parents into a care home and closing down the family house), The Golden Widows is finished at long last and will be available in bookshops in August in Australia. It’s a story that is set in the Wars of the Roses about two historic women: one is a Yorkist widow, the other a Lancastrian widow. The Mira design team have come up…
It’s really exciting to come across more information about Mistress Shore. Of course, it’s nowhere near as exciting as finding the skeleton of a king but I’ve been delving into on-line Chancery cases as part of the research for the novel I’m writing at the moment.   An Elizabeth Lambard, gentlewoman, brought two cases for debt before John Brown, Mayor of the Staple of Westminster between March 1482 and March 1483.   The first case was against…
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 22:03

June 2014 News

Latest news... The Golden Widows is the latest title by Isolde Martyn. It will be released in Australia in August 2014 on Harlequin.  
Thursday, 18 July 2013 23:35

News in July

Dear Readers, I have to apologise for a long silence but sometimes life gets in the way and family matters have to come first. Not a new baby this time nor, thankfully, the utter sadness of a funeral but something close.   My aged parents, 94 and 87, have been struggling to stay in their own home. They’d been through two sets of carers over the last year and I’ve been going over to the UK…
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 00:00

Mistress to the Crown

For reviews, a blurb about the book and to read an extract, please visit publications. For more about the real historical Mistress Shore, go to Inspiration for a New Novel.   However, I thought it might be fun here to imagine how a modern day reporter might handle the rumours about the gorgeous Mistress Shore in the 1470s before she met the king.
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 01:36

The next big thing

Wishing all readers a most joyous Christmas and a wonderful 2013!Where would we writers be without you? And to those of you who have sent off a mss and who hope the New Year will bring success at last, may your dreams come true! Authors Richard Harland and Anne Whitehead have kindly tagged me on their blogs, as part of an international chain of book and author interviews called THE NEXT BIG THING. Today it's…
Thursday, 01 November 2012 00:00

Upcoming e-books

FLEUR DE LIS is now available as an e-book which means that readers in North America will be finally able to access FLEUR DE LIS easily. Fleur is about a delightful café owner in Paris in the 1790s and, dear readers, I assure you it is absolutely guillotine-free! THE DEVIL IN ERMINE is now available either as a print-on-demand book or as an e-book. It is the Duke of Buckingham’s take on the events of 1483.…
Thursday, 08 November 2012 07:20

At last! - Mistress to the Crown

I am delighted to finally announce that MISTRESS TO THE CROWN will be in the shops in Australia in February and is being published by Mira Harlequin. It is the story of Elizabeth Lambard, known to history as Mistress “Jane” Shore, who was King Edward IV’s beloved mistress for about eight years and was probably the nicest of the rich and famous of the late fifteenth century. People have always found her story fascinating.  In…
Thursday, 30 September 2010 00:00

Encountering your hero and heroine's descendants

When you write about historical people, it’s always a thrill to meet someone who is actually descended from them. Often, it turns out to be a cadet branch, but when you come across a Dudley, a Hastings and a Tyrell, who can trace their line back to the fifteenth century and further still, it’s quite mind-blowing.
Tuesday, 27 March 2007 00:00

The case of the missing head

I thought you might be interested to hear about ‘The Case of the Bishop’s Missing Head’. Some years ago I came across the fact that Cardinal John Morton’s fine tomb in Canterbury was empty. I haven’t much time for Morton, who was one of King Henry VII’s advisors, and he wasn’t particularly flavour of the month among his contemporaries either. His policy was: if you flaunt your wealth, you can pay more tax, and if…
Tuesday, 01 September 2009 00:00

For the geographically challenged

For those of us who ground our novels in British history, it really is tough when you don’t live there. You can’t just swan off to a Welsh castle where you’ve set your latest book and see what the view is like from the tower, or go sussing out a battle field like Culloden. Truly there is no substitute for seeing the lie of the land in person and you often get good ideas for…
Friday, 01 February 2008 00:00

Hugh Dispenser’s body found?

I was really very excited about this. Those of you who have read The Knight and the Rose may recall the horrible fate of King Edward II’s adviser (and possibly his gay lover), Hugh Despenser the younger, who was hanged, drawn and quartered in Hereford in 1326. So you can imagine how fascinating it was to read Laura Clout’s article on the discovery of his body (well, parts of it) in the UK Telegraph.
Tuesday, 29 November 2011 00:00

Inspiration for a new novel

The National Library of Australia has recently opened a Treasures Gallery with some very interesting exhibits: a letter from Jane Austen to her sister, Cassandra, the original Waltzing Matilda manuscript, Captain William Bligh’s list of the Bounty mutineers and the Endeavour journal of Captain Cook. Yet the item that interests me most is a 1790s playbill advertising the drama Jane Shore which was being performed in the fledgling colony of Botany Bay. This little handbill…

Upcoming events

 August 2014
Publication of
The Golden Widows

9 August 2014
At the ARRA book signing event
Sydney with more than 70 romance authors

13 August 2014
Workshop
10-11:45am
The Society of Women Writers NSW Inc.
State Library of New South Wales, Sydney

8 October 2014
Guest speaker: Medievally Blonde
The Society of Women Writers NSW Inc.
State Library of New South Wales, Sydney

15 November 2014
Talk on The Golden Widows
Plantagenet Society of Australia
More information here

The Plantagenet Society of Australia, 2014
September Meeting:

Henry V and the Battle of Agincourt
November Meeting:
We are hoping to have Andrew McKinnin, one of the organisers and combatants of international jousting giving a talk on: Medieval Tournaments and Traditions

For more information on the society, please click here

Past events

2014

March 2014
Article for Women's History Month

27 March 2014
Author talks, NSW
10:30 to 11:30am
Tomaree Library and Community Centre
Salamander Bay, Port Stephens
2-3pm
Raymond Terrace Library

3 April 2014
Informal workshop
CWA
Milton, NSW

Article on subplots
April edition of Hearts Talk,
Romance Writers of Australia Newsletter

May 2014
New paperback edition of
Mistress to the Crown

2013

10 December
German edition available:
Mätresse der Krone

August: Romance Writers of Australia Conference
Fremantle: Riding the Waves
“Sailing between the Heads”
Isolde Martyn and Christine Stinson are giving a workshop on managing Point of View.

12-14 July - Richard III Australasian convention
Novotel, Darling Harbour - Sydney

June
Release of Mistress to the Crown UK edition

March
Ebook of Fleur de Lis Now available online

“Richard III Day”
To be arranged for second half of 2013

Saturday 16 March, 2pm
Celebration of Pride and Prejudice at Parliament House, Sydney

26 February Author talk:
Turramurra Library 6 for 6-30pm

14 February St Valentine’s Day
Panel at Ashfield Library
to celebrate Pride and Prejudice

31 January
Book launch of Mistress to the Crown

Plantagenet Society of Australia
Sat 19 Jan if you’re in Sydney:
Discussion: “How good was your Knight? Persecutors or protectors in the Middle Ages?”
More info: Plantagenet Society of Australia
members.optusnet.com.au/arablts/