Welcome to my website!

I’m a medieval historian and author who writes both fiction and non-fiction. My PhD focused on warfare during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, but in recent years I’ve been broadening my scope. Two recent non-fiction books have been biographies: one of Louis VIII of France (who was almost Louis I of England), and the other of Empress Matilda. I followed those up with the rather more epic Two Houses, Two Kingdoms: A History of France and England, 1100-1300. My next book will be 1217: The Battles That Saved England, due to be published by Osprey in May 2024, and I’m working on a couple more biographies for 2025.

Historical fiction is a great way to engage with stories of the past, and I’m also the author of a series of medieval murder mysteries featuring Edwin Weaver, a young man of common origin who is suddenly thrust into the noble world of politics, backstabbing and murder.

You can find out more about my books by using the links above, and more about me here. For the latest news on publications and events, see my news page.