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THE REAL CLEOPATRA. 23 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

When I first wrote about Cleopatra I was considering making her blonde. Many historians had suggested she was fair. Her Macedonian heritage made it entirely possible. But you can’t! my editor told me, when I first suggested it. Everyone knows … Continue reading

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WHAT LOVE CAN TEACH US ABOUT HATE

There’s a song originally recorded by The Persuaders in 1971 and covered many times since, most famously by Annie Lennox. It’s called: ‘There’s a thin line between love and hate.’ It kept going round in my head when I first … Continue reading

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THE 12 YEAR OLD GIRL WHO STARTED A 100 YEARS WAR

You cannot blame a hundred years war on a 12 year old girl. But you could perhaps blame William the Conqueror. When he took the English throne in 1066 he retained possession of the Duchy of Normandy in France. Under … Continue reading

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AN AUTHOR GOES ON TRIAL

Call the accused. You are Colin Falconer, the author of Isabella, Braveheart of France. That’s right. It says so on the cover. Yes, let’s start with the cover. You call Isabella ‘braveheart’. History has rather called her a she-wolf. In … Continue reading

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ISABELLA BRAVEHEART OF FRANCE

Call the accused. You are Isabella Capet, daughter of Phillip Capet, King of France, and queen consort of Edward II of England. I am. You are charged by History with deposing the lawful king of England and then having him … Continue reading

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THE ONLY WOMAN TO EVER CONQUER ENGLAND

After more than forty books published the traditional way, today CoolGus are releasing my first book online. It’s called ISABELLA, Braveheart of France. Here’s the trailer And here’s the beautiful cover, designed by Jen Talty at CoolGus: It’s available today … Continue reading

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IS OWNING A HAREM REALLY A MAN’S ULTIMATE PARADISE?

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THE GREATEST LOVE STORY NEVER TOLD

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NOT TONIGHT, JOSEPHINE

“I awake full of you. Your image and the memory of last night’s intoxicating pleasures has left no rest to my senses.” Napoléon Bonaparte will be remembered as one of history’s greatest generals; yet the one victory that seemed always … Continue reading

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THE FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

Who was the first female Native American female president of the United States? (a) Pocahantas (b) Hiawatha (c) this is a trick question, isn’t it? If you answered (c) you’d be right. Because no, there has never been a female … Continue reading

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