Rebecca Hazell

About me

My passion for history actually began with fairy tales. By chance of fate, in high school I was assigned to learn Russian instead of German, which led to a fascination with medieval Kyiv/Kiev. So at university, I took every history course available and graduated from the University of California with honours in Russian and Modern Chinese history. One thing led to another, and I was combining all my interests–art, history, and education–as a writer of educational materials that were used widely in California high schools. A few years later, with marriage and kids part of the picture, I began writing and illustrating nonfiction historical biographies for children. They won awards, were distributed by Scholastic and Mercy Corps, and some were published in Greece and Korea. But my early passion for Kyivan history resurfaced in the form of a historical trilogy: The Tiger and the Dove, set during the Mongol invasions. Books one and two are now available, and the third is out in August!

From my website

A Love Worth Waiting For?

One of the central themes of my historical trilogy, set in the turbulent 13th century, is love. Those who have read the first two in the series, The Grip of God and Solomon’s Bride, know that in the first volume its heroine, Sofia, was captured and enslaved by a Mongol…

Finding Her Way in Dark Times

So much has changed in our world since the thirteenth century, from our values to our sophisticated technology, including mass communications, to the fact that there are billions more people on Earth. A woman visiting us from that time would be lost in amazement. But there is also much that…

Interview from Unusual Historicals

The following is an interview from my virtual book tour at Unusual Historicals. Q: For those who are unfamiliar with your trilogy, can you give us a brief overview of it? A: Yes, it’s set in the turbulent 13th century, which saw the massive Mongol invasions, the last desperate Crusades,…

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