Helen Hollick, author of “The Kingmaking”, “Pendragon’s Banner”, “Shadow of the King”, “Harold the King”, “The Chosen King”, “The Forever Queen”, “Sea Witch”, “Pirate Code”, “Bring it Close”, and “Ripples in the Sand” answers 10 questions about her favorite time period in history, her favorite figures from history, and the age old question of coffee or tea.
1. If you could go back in time and be any figure from history, who would it be?
Guinevere – or Gwenhwyfar as she is in my Arthurian Trilogy (The Kingmaking, Pendragon’s Banner and Shadow of the King) I would like to be her to alter the stories …. Why on earth did she fall for Lancelot when she already had Arthur….?
2. What year in history would you have liked to live in?
If it is just one year: 1065 – because this is the year before the Norman Conquest and England was not yet under Norman rule.
3. You’re having a dinner party and you can invite 5 people from history, who would they be?
1. King Harold II (crowned 1066)
2. Queen Emma (Queen of Saxon England)
3. Sir Francis Drake
4. Boudicca (Boadicea)
5. The Highwayman Dick Turpin
4. What castle from the past or present would you like to live in?
Criccieth Castle in Wales (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criccieth_Castle ) because it isn’t a Norman castle and it overlooks the sea (and is a fabulous place)
5. Two fellow historical fiction authors you’d like to go on a history themed tour of the world with?
Elizabeth Chadwick and Sharon Penman
6. Who was more dashing and interesting, King Henry VIII of England or King Louis XIV of France?
Neither I’m afraid – I can’t abide Henry VIII and I’m not too impressed by the French Kings either. Can I swap to Henry II?
7. Which of the six wives of King Henry VIII is your favorite?
Again I’m not really a Tudor fan, but if I had to choose one I would go for Anne of Cleves – sensible lady, she got out while the going was good.
8. English monarchy or French monarchy?
Oh English without a doubt!
9. What three novels could you read over and over?
The three I DO read over and over are two by Rosemary Sutcliff’ “Mark of the Horse Lord” and “Frontier Wolf” and Winston Graham’s “Poldark”
10. Tea or coffee when writing?
Tea. I’m very British LOL
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