Michael Jecks

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Michael Jecks gave up a career in the computer industry to concentrate on writing and the study of medieval history. A regular speaker at library and literary events, he is a past Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association. He lives with his wife, children, and dogs in northern Dartmoor.

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Books by this Author

Pilgrim's War
Blood of the Innocents
Blood on the Sand
Fields of Glory
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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Work to live, don't live to work.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Cromwell - and I'd want to know how he got the motivation to set up the Commonwealth, how he felt about the creation of his republic, his feelings towards Westminster - oh, so much!

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Loyalty.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Getting published. A source of enormous pride.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Perfection is a campfire by a Dartmoor stream, cooking wild rabbit or pigeon with my family, drinking pints of King & Barnes Old Ale, before a large shot of Stroh Inländer Rom in a hot chocolate (or Grappa in a strong espresso) and sleeping in a bivvy bag, knowing that tomorrow I can go shooting and fishing, and for the first time ever, I will catch a fish. And a good thirty mile walk over the moors. And tomorrow night going to Piacenza and eating a pizza from Fratelli Bufalla. Can I go, now?

Author Voices

May 26, 2011

King’s Gold

There are books and books.

Some grab you as a writer from the very first moment of turning on the computer. Some – well, some of them are more of a struggle. I’ve had plenty of both kinds in my career, but there have been few which have been as mentally traumatic as KING’S GOLD.

Why? Ah, read on!

The idea for this book first came to me a long time ago. I’d been gradually sifting the period for nuggets of brilliance, and the end of King Edward II’s reign was particularly attractive for me. It had everything: infidelity, betrayal, deceit, war and a road trip too! For most of my... see more

October 19, 2010

My daughter has started to ask when we can decorate our bedroom. How thoughtful, you may think.


We started our version of the Forth Bridge eight years ago. It was a major undertaking for us. My wife and I did as much as we could, and Cairan did much of the woodwork, Martin the plumbing, and Okehampton Glass renewed our doors and windows – but after all that had begun, there was still our bedroom, hall, stairs and landing to be completed.

But here we get to the nub. My daughter would like a bedroom of her own. I understand she has a legal right not to have to share with her sibling at her age. I would like to comply with... see more

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