I am a retired recruitment consultant with a strong interest in European medieval history, and endeavor to weave that knowledge into my story lines. My travels throughout Europe (and particularly France) over the past thirty years allows me to bring a first hand account of the places I describe, and provides an air of authenticity to my narrative. I am a passionate and committed writer, and Pilgrimage is the first of a trilogy featuring Jean Bellimont, Scribe of Troyes.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I'm writing I tend to inhabit the world and characters I'm creating. These people seem very real to me - so much so that I find visiting the towns I write about (such as Troyes in southern Champagne) an extremely moving experience. It's as if these fictional characters really existed! It's this element of my writing that I enjoy most.
What do your fans mean to you?
However much I enjoy writing, it's pointless if there's no one I can share it with. To read that someone has enjoyed my stories is extremely rewarding. To have someone write to me and ask me questions means that they have bought into the story on a personal level. A writer can't ask more than that.
The wife of the Bailli of Troyes is discovered stabbing a man who had attacked her several weeks earlier. Her husband and his deputy (Jean Bellimont) are left to unravel the web of intrigue leading up to this event, which appears to be centred around a mysterious artefact commissioned by one of the local nobles and the Bishop (the Lirey Shroud). This is the fourth of the Jean Bellimont novels.
France 1310: The body of a stranger is discovered, and, as Bailli Dubois begins his investigation, it becomes apparent that the wife of his best friend is implicated. He dispatches his clerk - Jean Bellimont - to Paris in the hope of uncovering new evidence. The story culminates in a dramatic courtroom scene in which the murderer is finally revealed.
This is the 3rd of the Jean Bellimont novels.
France, 1308. Jean Bellimont is leading a quiet, contented life as scribe in the city of Troyes. When his Bishop is arrested on spurious charges and Pope Clement sends an envoy to investigate, King Philippe responds by dispatching two of his most trusted Knights. Within days, one of the Cardinals is murdered, and France teeters on the brink of open war with the Papacy.
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Pilgrimage tells the story of one man's search for redemption. Jean Bellimont - scribe to the Bishop of Troyes - journeys to Santiago de Compostella to seek absolution for murdering a beggarwoman. Set in 13th Century France and the first of a trilogy, the novel draws a convincing picture of a medieval pilgrimage wrapped within a compelling story of true drama that lasts until the last page.