Portcullis. Greyhound. Short-necked king with fat face. Long-necked king with thin face. How getting these images muddled up nearly derailed Elizabeth I’s signature economic achievement: purifying English coinage.

Dear friends and readers, To welcome our new decade, I want to share another vignette from my enduring fascination with what made Elizabeth I an astute politician, one of the most successful European rulers of her time. Confession: the drama of the near-failure and scramble to triumph of Elizabeth’s most cherished reform in 1560-62 excites …

OPEN ENCHANTING HISTORICAL CLOSETS WITH THREE NY NOVELISTS

Enjoy drinks at my next event with HNS fellow authors Christina Britton Conroy and Joshua Ian. Author readings, with slides and videos; Q & A. January 30, 2020 7:00 PM Bureau of General Services—Queer Division: 208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States $10 suggested donation to benefit the Bureau. No …

UKRAINE, A WILD HORSE, LORETTA GOLDBERG, LISZT, RUSSIA, US HOUSE IMPEACHMING TRUMP.

What do they have in common? A bridge of sound across time. 1709 to 2019, the struggle for Ukrainian autonomy goes on! Today, a twenty-first-century US House of Representatives impeached a US President for going wobbly on Ukraine’s independence from Russia, putting his personal interests above U.S. national security interests and democratic institutions in the …

New Review!

Dear Friends, I am honoured by this endorsement from distinguished novelist Stephanie Cowell. She is the author of The Player, a Novel of the Young Shakespeare; Nicholas Cooke: Actor, Soldier, Physician, Priest; The Physician of London (set in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries); Marrying Mozart; and Claude and Camille, a Novel of Monet. …