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 Birth of Venus

I fell in love with this book from the first page. Sarah Dunant’s recreation of Renaissance Florence is breath-taking. The young protagonist, Alessandra, is totally convincing as true to her time: restricted but vibrant, frustrated in her artistic ability but determined to find her own path, a girl who fights…

Richard III and his Times

There’s an afternoon and evening of exciting literary events the day before Richard III’s historic re-interment in Leicester on March 25. Amongst many goodies on offer will be a talk by renowned historian and author Alison Weir, sessions led by bestselling novelists Joanna Hickson and Toby Clements, as well as…

The Poet’s Wife

Lovely, lyrical and ravishing in its portrayal of a lost rural England in the mid-nineteenth century, this novel by Judith Allnatt is a wonderful one to read over the Christmas break. The countryside is a central character in this story, as seen through the eyes of John Clare’s wife in…

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