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Ebola: the new Black Death?

Posted on: 15/10/2014 with tags: author blog, Black Death, Bubonic Plague, Ebola, medieval england, medieval history, plague, plague land, Pneumonic Plague, s d sykes

by S D Sykes, author of PLAGUE LAND In October 1347 a fleet of Genoese ships sailed into the Italian port of Messina. Their freight contained not just the goods they were transporting from the trading city of Caffa in the Crimea, but also a deadly cargo: the Plague. Here is a contemporary account of what happened next. ‘When the inhabitants of Messina discovered that this sudden death emanated from the Genoese ships, they hurriedly ordered them out of the harbour and town. But the evil remained…

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Antonia Hodgson interviews S D Sykes

Posted on: 25/09/2014 with tags: antonia hodgson, author blog, author interview, ben hur, Black Death, debut author, historical crime, historical fiction, historical novel, medieval england, plague, plague land, s d sykes, The Devil in the Marshalsea

To celebrate the publication of PLAGUE LAND, the debut historical crime novel by S D Sykes, today we are publishing an exclusive interview between her and one of our other brilliant historical novelists, Antonia Hodgson. In the interview these two writers discuss historical inspirations, what it’s like to write a debut novel, research, favourite historical novels and much more! PLAGUE LAND really captures the atmosphere of a world turned upside down. What first drew you into this world and…

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Wharram Percy… The most deserted medieval village of them all.

Posted on: 23/07/2014 with tags: author blog, Black Death, debut author, debut novel, English History, historical fiction, historical novel, history, medieval england, medieval history, Medieval Period, plague, plague land, s d sykes, Wharram Percy, Yorkshire

There are over three thousand deserted medieval villages in the English landscape. Lost under fields of wheat and barley, or somewhere in the midst of ancient woodland – and yet it is Wharram Percy in the Yorkshire Wolds that is the most famous of them all. So, having been at the Harrogate crime festival last weekend, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to visit – though I should admit straight away that my first impressions of the place were not entirely overwhelming. Some historic sights really di…

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PLAGUE LAND: Author S D SYKES on the effects of the Black Death

Posted on: 25/03/2014 with tags: author blog, BBC, Black Death, historical fiction, historical novel, history, plague, plague land, Plantagenets, s d sykes

Last night I watched, with great interest, The Plantagenets on BBC2, presented by Professor Robert Bartlett. After the castle-building exploits of Edward I and the red-hot-poker-up-the backside story of Edward II, we were approaching that part of English history which fascinates me above all others. The Black Death. Now, I’m a great fan of Professor Bartlett. In fact his series, Inside The Medieval Mind, inspired my novel PLAGUE LAND, so I was very eager to hear his opinions on the Black Death a…

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