How do you launch an audiobook?

My second book which is on The Black Death is nearing completion and I have started to think about publicity and launches. The hard copy (as opposed to audio) launch, which will happen sometime in early 2016, is a relatively straightforward process – lots of books, a nice venue and people like yourself. What could… Read more »

Drugs in the Middle Ages

Fans of Game of Thrones will be familiar with the painkiller ‘Milk of the Poppy’ a powerful drug in the fantasy series. Some of the show is based on medieval history and strange as it may sound medieval opium based drugs are not complete fiction. While medieval medicine was rudimentary at best opiates were available.… Read more »

Medieval Road trip

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Talk – Survival in a Medieval Crisis, The Bruce Invasion and Black Death in medieval Kilkenny

This Friday (April 24th at 7p.m.) in Rothe House, Kilkenny I will be presenting some of my research on the Black Death in  public talk entitled Survival in a Medieval Crisis – The Bruce Invasion and Black Death in medieval Kilkenny. If you are in the South-East come along. You can book tickets by contacting… Read more »

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Video preview of medieval Dublin tour.

This Saturday (March 28th) at 1 p.m. I am organising a tour of medieval Dublin. Check out my video for what to expect. Tickets cost €20 (which includes access to Christchurch Cathedral and crypt). Book your place by filling on your details in the form below. [contact-form-7 id=”6921″ title=”Untitled”]

Were your ancestors cannibals?

There is no greater human taboo than cannibalism. It has been reviled by almost all societies through history and is generally punished by the harshest means. Nevertheless it does appear to be a feature of human behavior when we are faced desperate conditions. For example there were hundreds of instances recorded during the siege of… Read more »

Who said it? George R.R. Martin or medieval chronicler Gerald of Wales

Its often remarked on how George RR Martin drew inspiration from medieval history for his Game of Thrones epic. Indeed its far more similar than you might imagine. The ten quotes below are a mixture taken from Martin’s Game of Thrones and Gerald of Wales’ famous Conquest of Ireland (Expugnatio Hibernica) written in 1189. Its… Read more »

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Why the Great Famine should not be off limits to comedy.

Last week reports that Channel 4 were considering commissioning a comedy based on the Great Famine caused outrage. It is without doubt a controversial subject. Over 800,000 people died from starvation and related diseases. The horrors of 1845 – 51 triggered mass-emigration from the island that only came to an end in the late 20th… Read more »

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Medieval conspiracy theories.

Conspiracy theories have grown in popularity in the last decade. Be it JFK, 9-11 or climate change such theories inspire hundreds of books and spawn thousands of websites each year. However no modern theory enjoys the popularity similar theories had in the medieval period. While researching for my upcoming book “1348: A Medieval Apocalypse: The… Read more »

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