The Art of Naming Women

This past Christmas something magical happened to me which put my faith back into the importance of writing History (not…

Helena, the Prostitute?

To my amazement I am getting close to finishing Chapter 1 of the book, despite only being able to squeeze…

Of Gaps and Interruptions

Helena is not a biographical subject that you can dive straight into. When I accepted the invitation from my publisher…

Valeria Galeria

Term has started and the little time I have I ought to really be spending on, well, writing Helena. This…

Motherland

It is a truth universally acknowledged on the internet that seventeen (or was it even eighteen?) Roman emperors were born…

Helena at Chatsworth House

What is the link between Napoleon I and Helena? Well, there is of course the island where the deposed French emperor…

Writing around Helena

Over the last year, I’ve been working on several projects to do with empresses in late antiquity:  one exploring residence…