Author: pauladefougerolles

I'm a medieval historian and novelist.

‘Cradle of Saints’ – pre-order now!

Well, as much as I’ve wanted to release the completed novel today, on the 1500th anniversary of St. Columba’s birth and the end of the amazing year-long Colmcille1500, ‘Cradle of Saints’ is just not ready yet! With its uncanny parallels to the Covid era, the story became bigger than I had originally plotted, and there…

Cradle of Saints – progress update!

I’ve been a little quiet on my blog of late. You’ll be pleased to hear that’s because I’ve been busy with Book 4. ‘Cradle of Saints’ is tantalisingly close to completion! These final few weeks are the hardest in many ways. I’m impatient to finish and share it with you all, but I’m also toying…

Shooting video content for Colmcille 1500

So I let you guys in on the launch date and title of my new novel last week; it’ll come as no surprise to you that I’ve been spending hours, days, weeks hunkered down in my study crafting and refining the story. But I recently had the opportunity to welcome a film maker into my…

Armchair travelling 1: To Iona

So, one good thing to come from this wretched pandemic is the fact that it has forced me back to my archives. In place of any actual research trips, I’ve been organising my files. I know! How utterly boring! And yet … it has taken me back to all the places I have so loved,…

Visit Iona virtually

A wonderful thing popped up in my Twitter feed this week which deserves a huge shout-out. Longing to visit the isle of Iona again? I certainly am. Well, thanks to Historic Environment Scotland you can do so virtually. They’ve assembled a fantastic array of immersive resources for the armchair traveller we’ve all (temporarily) become, here:…

The e-book of “The Chronicles of Iona: Island-Pilgrim” is here!

Book 3 of the award-winning series The Chronicles of Iona is out today. Praised as “mesmeric”, “engrossing”, and “gritty”, Island-Pilgrim continues the enthralling true story of how a 6th-century saint (Columba of Iona), and a warlord (Aedan mac Gabran, king of Dalriada), forged the nascent kingdom of Scotland. On Kindle now for only £2.31. #thechroniclesofiona

“A thoughtful, well-written, and exciting historical novel in an excellent series.”

Here’s another great review of “The Chronicles of Iona: Island-Pilgrim”, this time from Kirkus Reviews. “This latest series entry continues the tale of how a medieval king and an abbot helped to found Scotland. In two previous books, Exile (2012) and Prophet (2013), de Fougerolles told the twin stories of future saint Columba and warrior Aedan mac Gabran, two…