C.F.DUNN ~ AUTHOR OF HISTORY, MYSTERY, AND SUSPENSE

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John Donn


C.F. Dunn

Hello, and many thanks for dropping by. The following pages will give you an idea of my books and current projects, my writing life, and the latest news and events. You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter so feel free to drop me a line and join the conversation. Happy browsing!

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“An ominous sense of developing tension…a most fluent writer.”
Colin Dexter, creator of Inspector Morse


BOOKS – The award-winning Secret of the Journal series

1

MORTAL FIRE

2

DEATH BE NOT PROUD

3

ROPE OF SAND

4

REALM OF DARKNESS

5

FEARFUL SYMMETRY


WHAT I’M WORKING ON NOW…

…The Wheel of Fortune series - a Medieval trilogy set during the tumultuous Wars of the Roses. Back on my historical home turf, this is where my interest in history started all those years ago at the age of nine. That fascination for the period has trotted alongside me all my life and now lies on the page.

LATEST NEWS

Ruling the Waves: Henry V’s Great Ships -

England is often portrayed in historic dramas and texts as a seafaring nation. In ‘ruling the waves’, England controlled the seas around its shores and beyond, employing ships built for the purpose and equipped with heavy guns. Master and Commander and Hornblower come to mind. A proud legacy, perhaps, one where the Crown recognised the importance of securing the interests of the realm against foreign invaders, merchants and marauders?
Looking through the maritime accounts from the later medieval period, however, it was not until Henry V’s Great Ships that we see what might be considered the first purpose-built warships, owned by the Crown, since the late Saxon period. The collection of ships included ‘repurposed’ vessels such as the Cog John – possibly repatriated from foreign traders – a common enough practice to populate a fleet. But five new ships were also comissioned by the King, something usually avoided because of the drain on the royal coffers. The Trinity Royal, a fine, large ship at 540 tuns, was used to carry Henry V to war in France. Perhaps one of the most well known of Henry’s Great Ships is the Grace Dieu, hit by lightning in 1439 and sinking where she still lies today in the River Hamble, Hampshire.
This new rash of shipbuilding didn’t last. On his death in 1421, the bulk of Henry’s navy was sold to pay off his debts.
The following decades of civil war ensured minds and monies lay focused elsewhere, although Edward IV began to acquire a few ships in the 1470s, including the Falcon (1475) and the Mary of the Tower (1479). Otherwise, even if born of necessity, the flawed policy of relying on private vessels to serve the Crown when required continued. By the early 1480s, Richard III had at least six ships, but any plans he might have had to continue the expansion of the royal fleet died with him.
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