Queens of Jerusalem
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Queens of Jerusalem is my debut work of non-fiction exploring the lives of ruling women in the world of the medieval Middle East. Over the course of this 260 page book I tell the stories of Morphia of Melitene, Alice of Antioch, Melisende of Jerusalem, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Agnes of Courtenay and Sibylla of Jerusalem. I compare their roles with those played by the wife of Saladin, and the Damascene Queen Zummurud. These women constituted an extraordinary dynasty of female rulers, who have too often been overlooked by historians.
The Forgotten Capitals of the Mediterranean
I am currently working on my second book Storied Cities: The Forgotten Capitals of the Mediterranean - to be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 2022. This book is a blend of travel writing and narrative history, and will examine the histories of six of the most important cities of the ancient world from their splendour in antiquity to their comparatively modest twilight in present day. Using Tyre, Carthage, Syracuse, Ravenna, Antioch and Granada as case studies, I will chart the transformation of the Mediterranean Region throughout history.