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Janet K L Seal
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Greetings from Wessex!

Post by Janet K L Seal » Fri December 21st, 2012, 9:34 am

I have read historical fiction for years having been 'hooked' by the Jean Plaidy novels and read widely in the same genre today. My current reading is Elizabeth Chadwick's The Lady of the English.
Since purchasing the site of an old house in the 90s I wondered who had lived there before and was thrilled to discover a charter dated 946AD mentioning the site. From there the research has been fascinating and resulted in my first work of historical fiction, The King's Chalice, an e book published by Bretwalda Books about Saxon times in Wessex. I hope to create a series and in my dreams would emulate Cynthia Harrod Eagles whose books have inspired my efforts.
What an interesting site! Is anyone else researching or writing about England in Saxon and Norman times? As Philippa Gregory mentioned in her recent talk, authors of historical fiction flesh out the known facts, certainly true of periods of history when recorded details are rather scarce!
The King's Chalice is now in print, the first volume available from book sellers!
Last edited by Janet K L Seal on Sat September 21st, 2013, 2:44 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: Publication of pt I of The King's Chalice

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Currently reading: "Celebrations at the Chateau" by Jo Thomas
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime, dual time-frame
Location: Essex/London

Post by Madeleine » Fri December 21st, 2012, 11:28 am

Hi Janet and welcome to the board! Good luck with your book.
Currently reading: "Celebrations at the Chateau" by Jo Thomas

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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Fri December 21st, 2012, 11:46 am

Welcome, Janet! I hope you enjoy it here.

I'm a big Cynthia Harrod Eagles fan and have been steadily working my way through the Morland Dynasty for quite a few years now.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Favourite HF book: Welsh Princes trilogy
Preferred HF: The Middle Ages (England), New Kingdom Egypt, Medieval France
Location: Temple of Isis

Post by Nefret » Fri December 21st, 2012, 2:21 pm

Hello from California. Welcome to the forum. I'm interested in reading about Saxon England, if that helps.
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"

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Post by fljustice » Fri December 21st, 2012, 8:49 pm

Welcome, Janet and best of luck with your book!
Faith L. Justice, Author Website

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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri December 21st, 2012, 9:00 pm

Hi Janet!

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Post by erechwydd » Fri December 21st, 2012, 9:31 pm

Welcome to the forum, Janet, from a fellow inhabitant of Wessex, and good luck with your book! :)

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Post by EC2 » Fri December 21st, 2012, 10:31 pm

Welcome to the forum Janet!
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal


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Post by Misfit » Sat December 22nd, 2012, 12:18 am

Hi Janet, welcome to the board.
At home with a good book and the cat...
...is the only place I want to be

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Post by LoveHistory » Sat December 22nd, 2012, 1:30 am

Welcome, Janet!

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