Alison Morton

About me

Despite researching 1930s Germany for “Military or Civilians?” for my master’s degree in history, I’m a deep-steeped Roman ‘nut’. But the timeline for history in my books is a little different…

The Roma Nova “what if” stories are based on the premise that a group of pagan dissident Romans left Italy in AD 395 after the last Theodosian decree was enforced, and founded a new colony in the northern mountains. Their descendants have retained core Roman values and customs but through necessity have adapted their society to the times. The first three thrillers are set in the 21st century.

Both INCEPTIO, the first in the Roma Nova series, which was also shortlisted for the 2013 International Rubery Book Award, and PERFIDITAS, the second in series, have been honoured with the B.R.A.G. Medallion®, an award for independent fiction that rejects 90% of its applicants. Alison’s third book, SUCCESSIO, was published in June 2014.

From my website

SilverWood Selection Box – A selection of tantalising tasters

Belonging to a group of authors not only means you enjoy the company of colleagues, but it improves your writing. I belong to several groups and associations – you’ll see some of the logos below – but one I treasure is the community of SilverWood Books authors. The genius of…

Roma Novan heroines and gender pressure on men

The heroines we’ve met in the first three books, Carina and Aurelia Mitela, are ‘tough gals’; dedicated, strong-willed, physically and mentally resilient and tied into their sense of history and duty. Underlying all this, their driving force is their self-belief. Carina, despite her disrupted childhood and separation from Roma Nova…

Whipping boys and the bishop of Rome

In AD 495, Christian bishop of Rome, Gelasius, finally managed to suppress the more than thousand year old Roman festival of Lupercalia. Gelasius’ letter to senator Andromachus taunted the nominally Christian senators who were intent on preserving the Roman tradition: “If you assert that this rite has salutary force, celebrate it…

 
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