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Author and speaker

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I write historical novels set in sixteenth century Devon. I’ve been researching Devon's history for years and I've discovered a cast of fascinating characters and an intriguing network of families whose influence stretched far beyond the west country. I love telling the stories of the forgotten women of history - the wives, sisters daughters and mothers who stood behind more famous men.....

….and I bring the past to life appearing as Katherine Raleigh, the subject of my first novel, in talks all over the county and beyond……

…and I make and wear historical clothing. It’s a great way to connect the people of today with those who went before.

I hope you enjoy exploring my website. It's worth popping back now and then as I update it regularly. I'd love to hear from you - use the contact form for comments and questions, or to book a talk.

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A Woman of Noble Wit

A Woman of Noble Wit

Publication: Sept. 28, 2021

Few women of her time lived to see their name in print. But Katherine was no ordinary woman. She was Sir Walter Raleigh’s mother, and she inspired her sons to follow their dreams.

As the daughter of a Devon family with close connections to the glittering court of King Henry VIII, Katherine’s duty is clear. Still a girl, she starts a new life at Greenway Court on the River Dart. She settles into the life of a dutiful wife and mother until a chance shipboard encounter with a handsome privateer, turns her world upside down.…..

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Dressing my Lady

Layer by layer, a sixteenth century lady prepares for the day.

The Last Wishes of Katherine Raleigh

April 16, 2022

"Deare Sonnes"

On the 18th April in the year 1594 Katherine Raleigh lay in her …


Berry Pomeroy - searching for an Elizabethan lady

April 01, 2022

It’s not hard to understand why the ruins at Berry Pomeroy Castle are listed among the most haunted sites …


Catherine of Aragon - Tudor Style Icon and Power Dresser - Farthingales, blackwork embroidery and sumptuous fabrics

April 01, 2022

 

When fifteen year old Catherine of Aragon arrived at Plymouth …


Travel back in time to savour life in Tudor Devon

May 22, 2022

Travel back in time to savour life in Tudor Devon

An astoundingly successful book

January 20, 2022 | A Woman of Noble Wit

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A Woman of Noble Wit by Rosemary Griggs is an astoundingly successful book. Up until now, Katherine-Kate’s life has, like …


......a truly mesmerising story about Katherine Champernowne, Sir Walter’s mother.

January 17, 2022 | A Woman of Noble Wit

I love historical fiction set in the Tudor era, so when I was asked if I would like to read …


Mothering Sunday in Tudor England

March 25, 2022