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Tuesday, 28 June 2022

My Coffee Pot Guest: Craig R. Hipkins - Clement: The Templar’s Treasure

 (Clement, Book 3)

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Book Title: Clement: The Templar’s Treasure

Series: Clement (Book 3)

Author: Craig R. Hipkins

Publication Date: 4th May 2022

Publisher: Hipkins Twins

Page Length: 233 Pages

Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction

Clement & Dagena return for another action packed adventure. From the cold and dreary shores of Greenland to the fabled land of Vinland. The legendary treasure of the Knights Templar awaits.

Read An Excerpt

A cold bitter wind was blowing when Sven and his small army of men reached the Nipmuck town near the base of the Lone Mountain. The village was quaint and tidy. Dozens of dome-shaped huts covered with bark, set closely together, dominated the town. A few of them were quite large, but most were small and sparsely furnished. They were arranged in a circle surrounded by a wooden palisade. Only a narrow lane with poles on both sides served as the entrance and exit. In the center of the village was a massive bonfire, where the inhabitants cooked their food and kept warm. A few other fires were scattered in the spacious well-trodden area, carefully located far away from any of the huts.

Dagena was led into the town by Guy, who had been instructed by Sven to not let her out of his sight. This pleased the sailor, as he took great pleasure in the young girl’s discomfort. All the villagers; men, women and children, nearly 300 people, had gathered around the bonfire, which was shooting flames nearly twenty-five feet into the sky. They had been waiting for the arrival of the Normans, numbering around 60, with their formidable iron swords. Some of them were wearing chain mail and helmets, but most were dressed in long tunics and cloaks. It was a rare sight for the Nipmuck’s to behold. Although a lot of the villagers were intimidated by Sven’s small army, the Nipmuck sachem was not one of them.

Shoshonin sat on a bearskin, a safe distance away from the fire. He was a large boned man with bulging biceps and long grey hair that fell past his muscular shoulders. Dagena estimated he was about fifty years old, perhaps a bit older. His face, bronzed by the sun, was weathered and scarred. He had been blinded in his left eye, the result of a death match with a Pequot warrior in his youth. The deformed eye had turned milky white. He barely stirred when Sven strolled into the village, but a few minutes later, when he saw Dagena, he rose to his feet. He was an imposing figure dressed in his bearskin. Around his waist was a belt made of wampum with its white and purple beads, which denoted his high status. Sven was watching the Nipmuck sachem’s reaction with interest. It was obvious he had never seen a Norman woman before, especially one with red hair. He walked around her, studying her carefully, examining her delicate features. However, when he went to touch her hair, she swatted his hand.

 “How dare you!” Dagena exclaimed in his native tongue. This attack surprised him. His face widened and his grotesque looking eye seemed ready to bulge from the socket.

“You speak my language?” he questioned, hardly believing a Norman could be capable of such a thing. To him, the Norman tongue seemed to be an incomprehensible series of garbled utterings.

“A little,” she responded indignantly. She had practiced with Clement on the Bon Air and learned just enough of the language to get her in trouble.

He was towering over her. She cringed feeling his formidable gaze upon her. She thought of something. She knew Sven did not understand the Nipmuck language, nor did he have a desire to learn it. She was the only Norman in this village who understood both tongues. She smiled inwardly. She could use this to her advantage. Perhaps she could play both sides against each other, but she would need to be careful.

So far, Sven had only gained an alliance with Shoshonin by actions. He had joined them in their attack on a Wampanoag settlement two days after their arrival and then the Nipmuck’s had cemented their alliance by ambushing Adalbert’s party the next day.

“Sit!” the Nipmuck sachem exclaimed loudly.

She remained standing… defiant. She would show him she did not fear him. His face turned sour, but, at the same time, he was mystified. No woman had ever disobeyed him. He turned to Sven, who was watching the encounter with a dull interest.

“Do your women disobey you?” Shoshonin asked in his own tongue.

Sven lifted his head and shrugged. “I do not understand you. What are you babbling about?” He asked Dagena to translate for him.

She smiled. Here was a chance to humiliate Sven. She looked back and forth between the two men.

“Sven says his women rule over him,” she lied.

Shoshonin’s face dropped and, at first, he looked confused. Dagena thought maybe her response was lost in the translation. However, a slight smirk started to form around his mouth and then he suddenly burst out into a fit of laughter. The merriment was contagious. A few of his warriors, who had gathered around them, also began to laugh and point at Sven with mocking gestures. The Norman merely looked at them and shrugged, not understanding what they were so merry about, but suspected it might have something to do with Dagena’s translation.

“What did you tell them, girl? Why are they laughing at me?”

Dagena boldly walked up to him. Her upper lip was raised and her nostrils flared.

“Bring me back to Clement or I will destroy you!”

The laughter stopped and the Nipmuck’s looked at one another in wonderment. Sven had been sitting down on a log but he slowly rose. She did not cower, but merely looked up at him. His menacing figure loomed over her. For the first time, she had a good study of his face, the thick curling moustache with the red hideous scar running down his cheek. He was a vicious looking brute. He looked nothing like his nephew and she wondered how the two could possibly be related by blood.

“If you do not take me back, I will ensure Clement shows no mercy when he catches up to you!”

He grabbed her by the front of her cloak and pulled her to him so that their faces were only inches apart. She winced, closing her eyes, expecting to feel a stinging blow. She felt his hot breath on her.

“You little pig! I’m going to make you watch when I flay that little yellow haired dog from the top of his head to the tips of his toes.”

He shoved her away from him toward Guy, who was standing next to Webcowit with a look of cruel pleasure on his face. The sailor held her by the hood of her cloak and winked at her. She caught a quick disapproving glance from Webcowit but she knew it was not directed at her but the way she was being treated.

“Take her somewhere and do not let her out of your sight!” Sven roared.

Guy was elated. “Aye, sire. It will be my pleasure.”

The sailor pushed her along. She glanced back at Webcowit, hoping he would follow them, but he merely stood watching. She wondered where his brother was. Were they planning something? But if they were, why did they let Guy capture her and bring her all the way here? She knew they had taken orders from Shoshonin. He was their sachem, but they had obeyed him and were no longer bound by those orders. Their duty had been fulfilled. She could only hope…until Clement arrived. She wondered. Where was he?

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About the Author

Craig R. Hipkins grew up in Hubbardston Massachusetts. He is the author of medieval and gothic fiction. His novel, Adalbert is the sequel to Astrolabe written by his late twin brother Jay S. Hipkins (1968-2018) He is an avid long-distance runner and enjoys astronomy in his spare time.

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Thursday, 23 June 2022

My guest today: Tony Riches - Raleigh – Tudor Adventurer (The Elizabethan Series, Book 3)


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How Raleigh rose to fame

by Tony Riches

For my Elizabethan series I chose three very different favourites of the queen, who each saw different sides of her personality. Sir Francis Drake showered her with gold and jewels, stolen from the Spanish, in return for the status he longed for. The Earl of Essex was like the errant son she never had, but Raleigh became her protector, Captain of the Guard, and lived to see the last days of the Tudor dynasty.

Much has been written about Sir Walter Raleigh’s downfall, but less is known about his early life, and how he rose to fame. When I began my research I read ‘A Woman of Noble Wit’, a new novel by Rosemary Griggs, about Raleigh’s mother. This led me to explore Walter Raleigh’s relationship with his father, as well as his mother, an aspect of him largely ignored by historical biographers.

The youngest of five sons, Raleigh’s father, also named Walter, had been married twice before he met Raleigh’s mother, Katherine, who came from the well-respected Champernowne family. Her elder sister was Kat Ashley, who’d been governess to the young princess, and was a royal favourite when Elizabeth became queen. As far as I could tell. Young Walter was closer to his mother than his father, who owned a small fleet of merchant ships and was often away at sea.

Like many in the area, the family were Protestant, with a distrust of Catholics, and not well off, as their home at Hayes Barton in Devon was rented. Young Walter may have been tutored by the parish cleric and taught to read and write by his mother, who encouraged his love of poetry. At seventeen he followed his cousin to France on his first adventure, fighting with the Huguenots in civil war. He later wrote of how he nearly starved in one of the worst winters for many years, and the futility of the experience left its mark on him.

When he returned, Raleigh became an undergraduate at Oriel College in Oxford, but failed to focus in his studies, and was sent to study law in London. He found the strict discipline at the Inns of Court stifling, and persuaded his half-brother, explorer Sir Humphrey Gilbert, to give him a place on a sea voyage to the New World as an unpaid ‘adventurer’, with a share of any profits.

Raleigh proved a poor sailor, and almost died of fever at the Cape Verde islands. He returned to London and used his contacts to secure a junior commission with the English army in Ireland. This was a formative time for Raleigh, as he was chosen to carry dispatches back to Westminster, where he met Sir Francis Walsingham, principal secretary to the queen, and her secret ‘spymaster’.

  

Sir Francis Walsingham
(Wikimedia Commons)

Raleigh was ambitious, and articulate, and saw a route to a place in the Elizabethan Court. He began to share his first-hand information on the situation in Ireland with Walsingham, and eventually his ideas on how Lord Treasurer, Lord Burghley, could reduce the escalating costs of the Irish occupation. They must have seen some potential in him, for both used their influence to help his career, and he was eventually appointed Captain of the Queen’s Guard.

I found many of the details of Raleigh’s life in his surviving letters, which as well as describing his adventures and disasters, are some of the best examples of the Elizabethan period. They reveal his strengths and weaknesses, as a courtier and failed politician, soldier and poet, a man ready to speak up for the poor and to honour his debts. My hope is that my new book, Raleigh – Tudor Adventurer, will help readers see beyond the myths and half-truths, and have a better understanding of the man who has been called the last true Elizabethan.

© Tony Riches


About the Book

Raleigh – Tudor Adventurer
(The Elizabethan Series, Book 3)
By Tony Riches

Tudor adventurer, courtier, explorer and poet, Sir Walter Raleigh has been called the last true Elizabethan. He didn’t dance or joust, didn’t come from a noble family, or marry into one. So how did an impoverished law student become a favourite of the queen, and Captain of the Guard?

The story which began with the best-selling Tudor trilogy follows Walter Raleigh from his first days at the Elizabethan Court to the end of the Tudor dynasty.

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About the Author
Tony Riches is a full-time UK author of best-selling historical fiction. He lives in Pembrokeshire, West Wales and is a specialist in the lives of the Tudors. He also runs the popular Stories of the Tudorspodcast, and posts book reviews, author interviews and guest posts at his blog, The Writing Desk. For more information about Tonys books please visit his website tonyriches.com and find him on Facebook and Twitter @tonyriches

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