I write Historical Fiction about 11th Century Britain. Come witness the tumultuous events surrounding the Viking Invasion with Canute the Great and his heirs. Visit late Anglo-Saxon England with Earl Godwine, Harold Godwineson, and King Edward the Confessor; see Macbeth's and Malcolm III's Scotland, and watch events unfold leading to the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest.
Born and raised in St. Louis MO, Mercedes Rochelle graduated with a BA in Literature from University of Missouri. She learned about living history as a re-enactor and has been enamored with historical fiction ever since. A move to New York to do research and two careers ensued, but writing fiction remains her primary vocation. She lives in Sergeantsville, NJ with her husband in a log home they had built themselves.
Books by Mercedes Rochelle
To many, the name Tostig and Traitor are synonymous. But it was the sibling rivalry between Tostig and Harold that set up the circumstances leading to Stamford Bridge—and of course, put Harold in the wrong place at the wrong time when William landed at Pevensey. See how Harold's conflict with Tostig led directly to the Norman Conquest.
This is England in the days of Edward the Confessor, when Godwine and his sons tower over the other great families. Harold emerges as the power behind the throne. Tostig rules the north. They control all the earldoms except one. What could go wrong? We see tumultuous events of the mid-11th c. through the eyes of Godwine's sons. Alas, Harold’s rise in fortune is not blameless and sometimes those closest to him must pay the price of his fame.
Godwine Kingmaker weaves a tale through three cultures, Saxon, Dane and Norman and through the lives of as many English Kings, including the inscrutable Dane Canute and the reluctant Edward the Confessor. Godwine walked a fine line between the demands of his peers and the destiny of his family, only to realize he had championed the wrong son.
Macbeth's witches had a purpose: to put the Stewarts on the throne of Scotland. The three Weird Sisters tell Banquo, "Thou Shalt 'Get Kings Though Thou Be None", and though Banquo is murdered, his son Fleance gets away. What happened to Fleance? As you will see, his flight was only the beginning, and his illegitimate son Walter inherited his destiny, bringing him back to Malcolm III’s Scotland, where Walter became the first Steward of Scotland.