Author: pauladefougerolles

I'm a mediaeval historian and novelist.

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…

“Swift, mesmeric … engrossing historical fiction”

Many thanks to ForeWord Clarion Reviews for an outstanding review of “The Chronicles of Iona: Island-Pilgrim“. “The Chronicles of Iona: Island-Pilgrim is a swift, mesmeric historical tale about the men who shape a nascent nation. Paula de Fougerolles’s Chronicles of Iona: Island-Pilgrim is engrossing historical fiction relaying the creation of early Scotland. In the sixth century, Aedan mac Gabran…

Columba’s lovely month

After 1,420 years in the grave, St. Columba has had a glorious resurgence this past month. In case you missed the news, featured in many news outlets in the U.K., the location of Columba’s writing hut on the island of Iona may have been found. A team led by archaeologists Drs. Ewan Campbell and Adrián Maldonado…

Here’s “Kroniki Iony: Wygnaniec”

Dear Friends.  Here’s the cover of the new Polish translation of “The Chronicles of Iona: Exile”.  I love it!  The long sword, the medieval abbey of Iona, the antique map underlay–it definitely sets the scene. If you have a moment, please visit the Facebook page at Wydawnictwokropla and give it a like!

Polish fans!

Great news! “Exile” is set to be published in Poland this week!  I’m very honored and am delighted to be working with so many talented new friends in Poland. Watch this space for more information!