Jack O’ Beans, Penpress, 2010
A tale of medieval adventure, set in and around Dudley Castle.
A country lad dreams of becoming a soldier in the nearby castle of Dudley. When taken there with his uncle, his bag of mysterious beans throws the castle into turmoil. Later, as the Arrow-Boy in the Baron’s hunting party, he witnesses a murder and himself becomes the quarry.
Jack O’ Knaves, New Generation Publishing, 2014
A second tale of High (and Low) Adventure, set in and around Dudley Castle.
Now a strapping a young man, Jack enrols as a trainee-guard at the castle. But his grandmother’s misplaced generosity leads to them both becoming outlaws. Captured by desperate peasants, he seeks asylum in the local priory. Then wounded in a sword-fight in the forest, he leads his band of knaves to repulse an attack on the castle.
Jack O’ War, New Generation Publishing
The third medieval adventure of the ‘JACK’ trilogy. Battle and bewitchment in the English Midlands.
Married to the nagging daughter of the castle’s Steward, Jack enrols as an archer in king Edward the Second’s army. In spite of the wound in his side, Jack plays a crucial role in the war against the king’s adversaries. Having witnessed a demon being summoned up from Hell to kill the king and his loyal barons, Jack and his Gran fight back as it attacks the Baron in Dudley Castle.