David Ebsworth

About me

Dave McCall writes historical fiction under the pen name David Ebsworth. His first novel, The Jacobites’ Apprentice, is published by SilverWood Books.

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Spanish Civil War – the Music of Republican Spain

The music of Republican Spain creeps into my Spanish Civil War novels quite often. In The Assassin’s Mark, our main protagonist, Jack Telford, is introduced to the traditional Asturian mining song that became an anthem during the conflict, Santa Bárbara Bendita. It remains an anthem for Asturian miners in their…

Spanish Civil War – Five Things You (Almost Certainly) Didn’t Know

Brief background to the Spanish Civil War Spain had voted to become a Republic in 1931 and its royal family went into exile. But, outside its major cities, life in rural Spain was still feudal, entirely controlled by the army, the catholic church and a handful of phenomenally wealthy landlords.…

Spanish Civil War – The International Women who Fought for Spain

In the three bloody years that followed Spain’s military coup in July 1936, there were certainly a small number of women from various parts of the world (Priscilla Scott-Ellis from Britain, for example) who volunteered to serve as nurses on behalf of fascist General Franco’s rebel Nationalists. But on the…

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