Catherine Hokin

Catherine is a Glasgow-based author with a degree in History from Manchester University. Her 2016 debut novel, Blood and Roses re-tells the story of Margaret of Anjou and her pivotal role in the Wars of the Roses.

Portraying the dynastic struggles of the Wars of the Roses as a medieval House of Cards, Blood and Roses re-interprets the story of Margaret of Anjou as a feminist re-telling of one of the bloodiest periods of English history. In a powerful revision of a woman frequently imagined only as the shadowy figure demonised by Shakespeare,the novel examines Margaret as a French Queen in a hostile country, born to rule but refused the right, as a wife trapped in marriage to a man born to be a saint and as a mother whose son meets a terrible fate she has set in motion. As Margaret desperately tries to stave off the judgement of history by writing her own truth, she unfolds a web of intrigue, shifting alliances and secrets and reveals herself as a woman forced to play the highest stakes to pull a throne from the spoils of the battlefield.

Catherine also writes short stories  – she was a finalist in the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition, 2015  -and regularly blogs as Heroine Chic and monthly for The History Girls.

Her second novel is set in the fourteenth century and focuses on the story of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, details to follow. Catherine is represented by Tina Betts of the Andrew Mann Literary Agency.

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