The Middle Ages in Northern Italy were a tumultuous time marked by an economic boom which led to the foundation of Europe’s modern urban civilization, but were marred by violent conflict.
Northern Italy’s characteristic walled cities flourished during the late Middle Ages and laid the foundations for urban life in modern Europe
My novel, The Slave is set in just such a small city state where the heroine’s father has aspirations to…
Francesco di Marco Datini, better known as the Merchant of Prato, left a personal archive has given us an intimate portrait of the life and work of a medieval Italian businessman.
In my novel, The Slave, my heroine’s father is a rich merchant whose ambitions…
Although largely hidden from history, slaves were a significant but largely unrecognised class in Medieval Italy.
One of them is the central character of my novel The Slave. It can be purchased from my Sellfy store.
Marriage in Medieval Italy was was more about cementing an alliance between families than finding love, and women had very little say in selecting a husband.
In my novel The Slave, my heroine’s father arranges a marriage for her with the…
Hunting in all forms was popular in Medieval Italy, especially amongst the aristocracy.
In my novel, The Slave, my heroine’s aristocratic family enjoys hunting and encourages her to join them.It can be purchased from my Sellfy store.
The Golden Horde, the Mongol empire of the west, ruled by the descendants of Genghis Khan, roamed the Russian steppe, coming far west enough to cross paths with outposts of the Italian maritime empires.
The Medieval Italian city states outsourced their war making to mercenary armies, a cost cutting measure that would cost them dearly.
The Black Death entered Europe through Italy where it brought with it utter devastation.
In my novel The Slave, the Black Death causes a total upheaval in my heroine’s life It can be purchased from my Sellfy store.
In my novel The Slave, an intransigent conflict can only end in a duel of honour.
The Slave can be purchased from my Sellfy store.