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The Siege of Masada


By AD72/73, Rome had crushed the Jewish revolt, Jerusalem had been sacked, the Temple destroyed, the nation ruined. However, a group of zealots still resisted from the majestic fortress of Masada on its rocky crags, overlooking the Dead Sea. In this lecture,Paul will trace the final days of Masada, the epic struggle around it and the great mystery surrounding its charismatic leader, Eleazar bin Ya’ir.

King Solomon High School, Forest Road, Barkingside, Ilford, Essex IG6 3HB

13 November 2014  7.30pm

Admission is free, but there will be a collection afterwards. In addition, Paul will raffle signed copies of his novels. All proceeds will go to the School Fund.

The Book of Fires- A New Brother Athelstan Medieval Mystery

February, 1381.

A ruthless killer known as the Ignifer–Fire Bringer–is rampaging through London, bringing agonising death and destruction in his wake. He appears to be targeting all those involved in the recent trial and conviction of Lady Isolda Beaumont, burned at the stake for the murder of her husband. As the late Sir Walter Beaumont was a close friend of his, the Regent John of Gaunt orders Sir John Cranston and Brother Athelstan to investigate. 

In the dead man’s possession was a copy of the mysterious “Book of Fires”, containing the secret formula of a devastating weapon, the so-called Greek Fire. The manuscript has since disappeared, and Gaunt is desperate for it not to fall into the hands of the Upright Men, who are busy plotting the Great Revolt.

Publication Date: 30 September 2014

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In Memoriam

Her beloved’s faded photograph stood close-by.
He’d vowed to return, to tap at the rose-window overlooking the turtle-dove’s nest, only to be killed at Ypres an eternity ago.
She smiled, as she always did, when dusk fell and the turtle-dove began its passionate pattering against the darkening glass.
Copyright © 2014 Paul C. Doherty

I was delighted to receive the invitation from Miranda Moore, the editor of “Overseas” (the quarterly publication of the Royal Over-Seas League) to take part in a challenge to write a short story in just 50 words. My contribution, “In Memoriam”, was one of five short stories to be featured in the September-November 2014 issue of “Overseas”. The entire piece can be viewed on (http://rosl.org.uk/magazine.php).


Candle Flame- A Brother Athelstan Medieval Mystery

Candle Flame- Paul DohertyFebruary, 1381.

Splendid Southwark tavern, The Candle-Flame, is the site of a brutal massacre in which nine people, including John of Gaunt’s tax collectors, their military escort and the prostitutes entertaining them, are murdered. The furious Regent orders Brother Athelstan to track down the culprits.

Publication Date: 27 Mar 2014

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