Author Archives

  • The Merriest Harlot

    Jane Shore

    Jane Shore is the second person and the first woman we meet in The Protector, as she waits with members of Edwards IV’s Privy Council for an opportunity to speak to the dying king.  She has been his favorite mistress,… Read More ›

  • Remembering the Ladies

    The Ladies of The Protector

    While John Adams was in Philadelphia helping to draft the Declaration of Independence in 1776, his wife Abigail admonished him to “remember the ladies,” because “all men would be tyrants if they could.”  Her words ring no less true in… Read More ›

  • The Sounds of (Machine) Silence

    Byland Abbey

    While I was out walking on a quiet Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, plotting out my sequel to The Protector, I was startled by a sudden, loud noise.  It was one of those industrial sized lawn-mowers being driven off a… Read More ›

  • Enter the Villain

    John Morton, Bishop of Ely

    Who or what is a villain?    Shakespeare’s Richard III seems to announce his villainy with a trumpet blast: “And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover . . . I am determined to prove a villain . . .” … Read More ›

  • The Fall of Lord Hastings

    Stall Plate for William Hastings

    If a parent isn’t supposed to have a favorite child, an author is probably not allowed to have a favorite character either.  Nevertheless, I must confess to a particular fondness for William, Lord Hastings, the first character we encounter in… Read More ›