Jenny Barden

About me

Jenny Barden is an artist-turned-lawyer-turned-writer with a love of history and adventure. A fascination with the Age of Discovery led to extensive travels in the Americas, and much of the inspiration for her first two books has come from retracing the steps of early adventurers in the New World. She is the author of ‘Mistress of the Sea’, an epic romantic adventure set against the backdrop of Francis Drake’s first piratical campaign against the Spanish in the Caribbean, and ‘The Lost Duchess’, a high-tension love story with a thriller pace centred on Sir Walter Raleigh’s ‘Lost Colony’ of Roanoke.
Jenny has four children and lives in Dorset with her long suffering husband and an ever increasing assortment of animals. Her current interests are walking, travelling, all things historical (naturally), and trying to ride without resembling Zebedee on horseback. She was the co-ordinator of HNSLondon12 and is currently assisting the HNS as programme advisor for the next London Conference.

From my website

The Promise by Ann Weisgarber

I adored this book: poignant, moving and most sensitively written; it speaks of human frailty and endurance, and the way love can flower like a bloom on shifting sands. The voices of the two central characters – Nan, the illiterate helpmeet, and Catherine, the privileged pianist – are totally convincing,…

The Devil in the Marshalsea

A well-deserved winner of the CWA Historical Dagger Award, The Devil in the Marshalsea is a cracking good page-tuner that grabs the reader in a bear-hug against the underbelly of Georgian Society. So effective is Antonia Hodgson’s storytelling that the adrenalin rush and stench of the experience lingers long after…

History and Love

History and Love – how can we ever unravel the truth? The historical records provide evidence of events about which we are certain, but what of the feelings of those who lived long ago – how can we know how they experienced love? Consider attitudes in the Elizabethen era, when…

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