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.
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!
The latest Medieval Murderer book 'THE DEADLIEST SIN' has now been published so it is available now!.
My next full length medieval thriller THE VANISHING WITCH published by Headline Review, is OUT NOW! I will be taking part in lots of talks and events all around the country over the next three months and signing copies of the new novel. Please see my events pages for details of all of these events. It would be wonderful to see you at one of them and to get a chance to chat to you in person.
I have several guest blogs and e-interviews going live shortly telling you more about THE VANISHING WITCH, what inspired it and how I set about researching it. I will be posting the links on the website as they go live,
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 will be speaking at the Celtic Crime Festival in Omagh and meeting members of Readers groups. On the weekend of the 25th October I am speaking at the History Festival in Harrogate.
On 9th November I will be one of the guides at St Albans Waterstones on a 'Journey into the Past'.
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.
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.