David Pilling was born in Kent, the Garden of England, but has little memory of it, since at an early age his family decamped to run a dairy smallholding in the wilds of West Wales. There they stayed, and his upbringing in the midst of a land shrouded in myths and legends turned him into a sort of history sponge: his delight in childhood was to explore the haunted ruins of medieval castles and abbeys, and imagine the people of long ago that once inhabited them. Inevitably he was drawn to similar reading matter, and devoured such classic tomes as A Child’s History of England, Sir Nigel, and The Once and Future King.
Pilling’s enduring affection for all things medieval (with detours into Romans, Dark Age Britons, Tudors, Cavaliers & Roundheads) stayed with him into adulthood, and after – finally – graduating from Nottingham Trent University he embarked upon a career in Archives. He has enjoyed the privilege of working with a wide range of historical collections, ranging from family histories to obscure Oriental manuscripts to the private journals and lesser-known works of contemporary British artists.
The desire to turn his childhood imaginings into fiction did not manifest until Pilling was well into his twenties, but he has done his best to made up for lost time: his works to date include full-length novels set during the time of the Late Roman Empire, the reign of Edward II and the Wars of the Roses, and the era of the Baron’s Wars. The latter is the setting of his latest novel, Nowhere Was There Peace.
For more information please visit David Pilling's website, his blog The Writing Corner, and the collaboration between David Pilling and Martin Bolton co-authored fantasy series.
Nowhere Was There Peace: England, 1266 AD. Simon de Montfort is dead, butchered at the slaughter of Evesham, and England lies in ruins after years of civil war. Eager for revenge on his barons, King Henry III has disinherited all of de Montfort’s surviving followers. The war is renewed as thousands of men are left with little choice but to snatch up their swords and fight to recover their stolen lands.Hugh Franklin, a humble mason’s son from Southwark, is plunged into the eye of this storm when the Lord Edward, King Henry’s son and heir, recruits him as a government agent. With the safety of his family at stake, Franklin must survive encounters with rebel knights, blood-hungry outlaws, and a beautiful Jewess as England crumbles in smoke and flame around him.