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Story Behind the Story #67,
The Player King, Part Two

If you read history—as I do for the stories—it is more often than not populated by big people, kings, queens, generals, senators and presidents. Such people do alter history, sometimes for the better, or worse. But embedded in such tales are countless—if only passing—references to others, small folk. Such is the story of Lambert Simnel, as told in The Player

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Story Behind the Story #67:
The Player King, Part One

When one reads history, one learns about big events and important people, such as the American Revolution, or, say, Napoleon. But if you read the footnotes in those histories you can learn about the individuals who lived in those historical moments. You learn about British prison ships in New York City, where more people died by maltreatment than on the

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What color were Henry the Seventh’s eyes? 

My young readers often ask me about the details in my novels, everything from where I find them, to how do I choose what to include. These questions come up often in the context of appreciation. I have rarely heard a complaint that there are too many or unnecessary details in my books. (Editors tell me that.) As to why

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