Rebecca Hazell

About me

My love for H F started with childhood fairy tales. By my teens I was inhaling history, both fiction and non-fiction (both seemed pretty fantastical to me!). By chance or fate, in high school I was assigned to learn Russian, which led to an honors university degree in Russian history. Writing educational materials used widely in California high schools, and later, writing and illustrating award winning histories for children, I made my love of history into a career. And, of course, I kept reading H F! That honors degree finally bore fruit with my historical trilogy: The Tiger and the Dove, set during the Mongol invasion, the Crusades, and the French Inquisition. My latest work is again for children: The Sweeper, a story from the time of the Buddha, which has been released by Shambhala Publications. And my latest novel, in progress, is set in 6th century Europe.

From my website


Writing about dharma for children can be tricky. The story can’t be too simplistic or moralistic because it won’t engage a child, but you also want to offer something meaningful. I remember a sweet book someone gave us when I was pregnant with my first child, called something like Growing…

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…

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