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: The False Virgin
In addition to my latest historical thriller The Falcons of Fire & Ice, now out in paperback, which is a chilling story set in 1564, during the murderous Inquisition in Portugal and the bloody Reformation in Iceland, the latest Medieval Murderers' book ' The False Virgin' has just been published.
The Medieval Murderers' tale starts in AD848. Beornwyn of Lythe, the young daughter of an ealdorman, is found dead in the chapel where, as a religious, she kept her nightly vigils. Butterflies resting on her corpse are seen as a sign from God that she should receive sainthood.
When, sometime later, a famous poet pens a new tale of St Beornwyn rumours spread that all is not as it seems; murder, misery and maladies abound. What if the saint is not what she appears - will the truth about St Beornwyn ever be discovered?
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'.
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 such a prison, or Carcer, was called the 'lying house'.....
Books published by Penguin Books