Category: Writing Women’s Lives

Questioning Reputations

Fed Ex just delivered copies of the Broadway trade paperback of The King’s Mistress. Out this coming Tuesday, 24 May! My editor’s handwritten note ended “Here’s to a whole new life for her!” Whole new life. Fresh look. That’s what appeals to me in… Continue Reading “Questioning Reputations”

Medieval Dissection

Katherine Park, the Samuel Zemurray Jr. and Doris Zemurray Stone Radcliffe Professor of the History of Science, has discovered that dissection was not a Renaissance invention, and, most fascinating to me, that women’s bodies were of greatest interest–so mysterious. Debunking a myth

Another Much-Maligned Woman Brought to Life

I had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of Susan Higginbotham’s novel The Queen of Last Hopes this past autumn, and thought I’d share the note I wrote to her editor: From the moment King Henry appears in The Queen of Last Hopes… Continue Reading “Another Much-Maligned Woman Brought to Life”

Writing Women's Lives

Toward the beginning of her recent biography of Cleopatra*, Stacy Schiff  comments on how little specific information about Cleopatra is extant. What did she look like? “Only her coin portraits–issued in her lifetime, and which she likely approved–can be accepted as authentic.” Most of… Continue Reading “Writing Women's Lives”

Writing Women’s Lives

Toward the beginning of her recent biography of Cleopatra*, Stacy Schiff  comments on how little specific information about Cleopatra is extant. What did she look like? “Only her coin portraits–issued in her lifetime, and which she likely approved–can be accepted as authentic.” Most of… Continue Reading “Writing Women’s Lives”