"Priscilla Royal understands the human heart, the medieval mind,
and how to ratchet up the suspense with each turning page."
—Sharon Kay Penman, NYT bestselling author
Welcome to thirteenth century England where our assumptions about the medieval world may be shaken and the inhabitants of those distant centuries begin to resemble friends, neighbors, and even family. As a writer of historical mysteries, I want to honor the past by allowing characters to speak and act within the context of their world but without making the mistake that everyone thought and behaved exactly the same. Language and fashion may change, but human nature does not. And keep in mind that what is the past to us was the immediate present to our ancestors, just as today will be history to our descendants.
Now available from Poisoned Pen Press is The Proud Sinner, the thirteenth in my series featuring Prioress Eleanor and Brother Thomas of the Order of Fontevraud.
A group of seven abbots with their servants, on a journey to Norwich to visit a papal envoy, seeks shelter. One has fallen mortally ill and soon dies of an unknown ailment. One by one, others in the party fall victim to misadventure or death while Sister Anne struggles to discover the causes. Who is behind these attacks and why?
In addition to the release of The Proud Sinner, Poisoned Pen Press simultaneously re-issued the first book in the series, Wine of Violence, which includes a new introduction from Sharon Kay Penman.
In March 2017, I joined over thirty authors in the publication of a short story collection called Bound by Mystery: Celebrating 20 Years of Poisoned Pen Press. My story, "The Paternoster Pea" is the first and only short story I have written and features Prioress Eleanor in her first case.
"History is the essence of innumerable biographies."
—Thomas Carlyle, "On History," 1838