New Review!

A good, thoughtful review from author and critic Susan Appleyard over at Discovering Diamonds. Thank you!

MOVIE BLOG: MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS: WONDERS, WIGS, AND WARTS

Dear Friends, Hosts of the radio interviews I’ve been doing ask me what I think of the movie, Mary, Queen of Scots. Here goes: This latest excursion to the Tudor/Stuart saga got me sighing with happy surprise then clenching my teeth in fury and disappointment. The early section recounting young Mary, Queen of Scots’ struggle …

READER CONTEST BELOW! and MORE NEW THINGS THAT MESSED WITH RENAISSANCE MINDS: Siege of Antwerp, 1584.

READER CONTEST: There is an invention described in a primary account published by Strada in the eighteenth century. But there’s no image. Readers, could you send me a drawing or plan? The winner will get a free paperback with a signed fantasy map which I commissioned for the book launch. With your permission, I would …

MORE TALK SHOWS

Friday, January 25th, 11am-12pm, WBTM-AM: Bennington Today, with host conductor/ composer Thomas Lawrence Toscano. Vermont friends, please tune in! Monday, January 28th, 9:45-10am, WKNY-AM: The Morning Show with Warren Lawrence. Calling upstate New York friends: please root for me! Next blog, I promise we’ll be back in the 16th century! More scary innovation AND a …

THE PRINTING PRESS: WHEN DO WORDS BECOME TREASON? MORE NEW THINGS THAT MESSED WITH RENAISSANCE HEADS

On our days of wild-west social media, it’s fascinating to revisit a Tudor version of communication mayhem. With the invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century, monarchs and the church lost control of their stories. The above text is Edmund Campion’s “Brag,”  printed and circulated in Engand in 1580-81. Campaion, his religious journey …