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Welcome to my website – my name is Judith Thomson, and I write historical fiction set in 17th century England and France. I take real events from the past and give my own characters roles to play, alongside colourful characters from history such as King Charles II and Louis XIV.
The 17th century offers me a rich choice of events, upon which to build my stories. My main character, Philip Devalle, becomes involved in the political intrigues and scandals of both England and France during this exciting period.
I try to take my own readers on a journey to this exciting era so, if you fancy travelling to the 17th century, why not join Philip and friends on their adventures?
I spent my childhood in Lincolnshire and went to Art College in Leicester before moving to Sussex, where I still live, and I am passionate about the seventeenth century.
I have written stories since I was little girl and, although I never liked history at school, I have always enjoyed historical novels. I became inspired to write my books when I first visited Versailles, the palace of the magnificent Sun King, Louis X1V. As I wandered around the sumptuous rooms in his chateau and walked in the very gardens he created there, King Louis came to life for me. He was real, he was there – I could almost see him admiring the fountains, surrounded by his finely-dressed courtiers. I felt I had been transported back in time!