About Martin Lake

I am an author who lives in the French Riviera

I have published three novels set in the turbulent years after the Battle of Hastings: The Lost King: Resistance, Wasteland and Blood of Ironside.

My novel Artful follows the adventures of the Artful Dodger in Australia.

I have also published Outcasts a novel about the common men knighted by Balian of Ibelin to defend Jerusalem against Saladin.

I have also published a number of short story collections.

I loves writing, reading, history and my wife.

Recent Activity

  • Martin shared from a Personal Document
    Note: make clearer
  • Martin shared from The Oxford History of the French Revolution by William Doyle
    As Quesnay had put it in the Encyclopédie: poor peasant, poor kingdom.
    Note: A qoute from pre-revolutionary France.
  • Martin shared from Rome: The Emperor's Spy: Rome 1 by M C Scott
    Nero’s smile was thin as a snake’s.
    Note: great image.
  • Martin shared from The Story of English in 100 Words by David Crystal
    In 2010 it was reported that a student, in an essay, thought a thesaurus was a species of dinosaur from Jurassic Park.
    Note: Rogetsaurus Rex perhaps.
  • Martin shared from The Story of English in 100 Words by David Crystal
    In fact, its first recorded use is less than 200 years old.
    Note: Hello is a recent greeting. Hi is 400 years older.
  • Martin shared from Insurrection (Insurrection Trilogy) by Robyn Young
    The weapon was sticky with blood, the smell of it like old pennies held too long in the hand.
    Note: lovely, acute observation.
  • Martin shared from Insurrection (Insurrection Trilogy) by Robyn Young
    She had been his reason and reflection, his compassion and his wisdom.
    Note: Wonderful. Who could want for more?
  • Martin shared from Legionary (Legionary 1) by Gordon Doherty
    this army fought like a pack and devoured all who stood in their way.
    Note: The Hun army on the march.
  • Martin shared from The Story of English in 100 Words by David Crystal
    It can take quite a while for a back-formation to surface. Burglar is there in the 13th century, but we don’t find burgle until the 1870s.
    Note: we was robbed of this word for all those years. Robbed.
  • Martin shared from Legionary (Legionary 1) by Gordon Doherty
    Now, here he was in his element. All the ingredients were present; Roman aristocracy, slackened morals and high spirits.
    Note: Party time in Constantinople.
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