Welcome to the Official website of Karen Maitland
Author of the medieval thrillers Falcons of Fire and Ice, Company of Liars, The Owl Killers and The Gallows Curse.
I am delighted to share my new website with you. Here you'll find my news and information about events in which I am taking part, and also links to videos in which I talk about some of the historical background to my novels and share with you a few of the things that fascinate me about medieval life.
I do hope you will enjoy exploring the mayhem and mystery of the medieval world with me. If you want to keep up to date with the latest News & Events, why not sign up to receive the quarterly newsletter? The latest one is out now!
Out Now: Falcons of Fire & Ice
My latest historical thriller The Falcons of Fire & Ice, now out in paperback, is a chilling story set in 1564, during the murderous Inquisition in Portugal and the bloody Reformation in Iceland.
When Isabela’s father, the royal falconer, is arrest by the Inquisition, she must travel into strange lands to capture a pair of white falcons to save her family’s life. It’s a journey that will take her into a dark and dangerous world filled with menacing people driven by fearful beliefs. And, unfortunately for Isabela, the Inquisition has sent her a companion to ensure she never returns alive.
I have been having a Chin Wag with Richard Godwin at The Slaughterhouse about Falcons of Fire and Ice. I have also been a guest on Siren FM when I had a chat with Carol Goodman, author of 'The night villa'. Do take a look at both these interviews as well as the pictures on Facebook and the weblog about the opening reception of 'Lincoln Inspired'.
I was delighted that readers of the Penguin Newsletter could take part in a competition to win a day learning to fly a bird of prey in celebration of the publication of the paperback edition of Falcons of Fire and Ice .
In the Middle Ages priests and monks could find themselves imprisoned in Ely in a place called 'Hell' if they broke ecclesiastical law, or were involved in criminal activities. In Durham the prison, or Carcer, was called the 'lying house'.....
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