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Author and speaker

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I write historical novels set in sixteenth century Devon. I’ve been researching Devon's history for years and I've discovered a cast of fascinating characters and an intriguing network of families whose influence stretched far beyond the west country. I love telling the stories of the forgotten women of history - the wives, sisters daughters and mothers who stood behind more famous men.....

….and I bring the past to life appearing as Katherine Raleigh, the subject of my first novel, in talks all over the county and beyond……

…and I make and wear historical clothing. It’s a great way to connect the people of today with those who went before.

I hope you enjoy exploring my website. It's worth popping back now and then as I update it regularly. I'd love to hear from you - use the contact form for comments and questions, or to book a talk.

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A Woman of Noble Wit

A Woman of Noble Wit

Publication: Sept. 28, 2021

Few women of her time lived to see their name in print. But Katherine was no ordinary woman. She was Sir Walter Raleigh’s mother, and she inspired her sons to follow their dreams.

As the daughter of a Devon family with close connections to the glittering court of King Henry VIII, Katherine’s duty is clear. Still a girl, she starts a new life at Greenway Court on the River Dart. She settles into the life of a dutiful wife and mother until a chance shipboard encounter with a handsome privateer, turns her world upside down.…..

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Dressing my Lady

Layer by layer, a sixteenth century lady prepares for the day.

Agnes Prest — Exeter martyr — Burned at the stake in Southernhay on 15 August 1557

August 14, 2022













Merchants, privateers and pirates on the River Dart and the Shipman of Dartmouth

June 15, 2022


Spawned from rainfall on the heights of windswept Dartmoor, two streams —the …

The Last Wishes of Katherine Raleigh

April 16, 2022

"Deare Sonnes"

On the 18th April in the year 1594 Katherine Raleigh lay in her …

Spinning Tales of Tudor Times

June 29, 2022

Spinning Tales of Tudor Times

Fantastic read

August 04, 2022 | A Woman of Noble Wit

Thank you for this wonderful book, so much historical information, and so easy to read. I enjoyed every minute and …

A very talented author!

June 03, 2022 | A Woman of Noble Wit

5.0 out of 5 stars A very talented author!
Reviewed in Canada on 1 June 2022
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Mothering Sunday in Tudor England

March 25, 2022