Welcome to my website!
I’m a medieval historian and author who writes both fiction and non-fiction. My PhD focused on warfare during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, but in recent years I’ve been broadening my scope. My two most recent non-fiction books have both been biographies: one of Louis VIII of France (who was almost Louis I of England), and the other of Empress Matilda. My next book is the epic Two Houses, Two Kingdoms: A History of France and England, 1100-1300, out in July 2022.
Historical fiction is a great way to engage with stories of the past, and I’m also the author of a series of medieval murder mysteries featuring Edwin Weaver, a young man of common origin who is suddenly thrust into the noble world of politics, backstabbing and murder.
I don’t use many forms of social media, but I do admit to a slight addiction to Twitter – I’d love to have your company there at @CathHanleyFollow @CathHanley