Welcome to the Official website of Karen Maitland

Author of medieval thrillers including The Vanishing Witch, Liars and Thieves, Falcons of Fire and Ice, The Gallows Curse and The Owl Killers.

I am delighted to share my 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.

If you visit the Myth & Magic page you'll discover all kinds of medieval facts, folklore and forgotten words, as well as medieval recipes.

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!

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Video Trailer for the paperback version of Falcons of Fire & Ice. View more Karen Maitland videos on YouTube.

News & Events

If you are excited about superstitions and want to know more about historical superstitions which we still use today do have  a look at my article on the BBC Extra website.

On the 22nd and 23rd October two of my fellow Medieval Murders  and I spoke at the Celtic Crime Festival in Omagh and  met members of Readers groups. On the weekend of the 25th October I  spoke at the History Festival in Harrogate. Both occassions were exciting and I really enjoyed meeting fans.


A special limited edition hardback  version of 'The Vanishing Witch' has been exclusively commissioned by Goldsboro. 'The Vanishing Witch'  was also an Apple iBook BOOK OF THE MONTH for August!

Details of where and when I will be speaking at different venues  are in the News and Events section.

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Myth & Magic

In Stamheim in Cologne, lived two knights called Gunther and Hugo. One evening when both men were away from home, a nursemaid whom Gunther had employed to take care of his three children, took them outside so that could relieve themselves before they went to their beds. As the maid watched the children she suddenly saw a woman clad all in white staring at them from beyond the wall.

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