The Writings


A tale of arms, of death, of love, and of honor. Set against the turbulent backdrop of the Hundred Years' War, I Serve chronicles the story of Sir John Potenhale. A young Englishman of lowly birth, Potenhale wins his way to knighthood on the fields of France. He enters the service of Edward, the Black Prince of Wales, and immerses himself in a stormy world of war, politics, and romantic intrigue.

While campaigning in France, Potenhale develops an interest in Margery, a spirited lady-in-waiting with a close-kept secret. He soon learns that Sir Thomas Holland, a crass and calculating baron, holds the key to unlock Margery’s mystery and possesses the power to overturn all of his hopes.

When the Black Death strikes Europe, however, Potenhale realizes that the fiercest enemy does not always appear in human form. Seeing the pestilence as a punishment for the sins of his generation, he questions his calling as a knight and considers entering the cloister. Margery or the monastery? Torn between losing his soul and losing the love of his life, he finds friendship with a French knight who might—just possibly—help him save both.

TO WED AN HEIRESS (Pevensey Mysteries, #1) 

Haro Emison, thrust into his new role as Earl of Anglesford, discovers that his late father has left the family teetering on the edge of financial ruin. Intent on rescuing the estate, Haro abandons his long-held interest in his cousin Eda and searches instead for a wealthy heiress. But when pride and jealousy cause his plan to spiral out of control, he begins to wonder if he has made a dreadful mistake….

Eda Swanycke is enjoying her first season in London when her debut comes to a crashing halt. Jilted by her cousin, she suffers the indignity of watching Haro’s new intended lay claim to his person and position. But when a brutal murder upends the household with Haro as chief suspect, Eda must put her wounded pride aside, match wits with the investigator from London, and try, at all costs, to save Haro Emison’s neck from the gallows….

This novel, the first book in the Pevensey series, takes people and events from the Norman Conquest and transposes them into a lighthearted murder mystery set during the early 1800s.

THE DUKE'S LAST HUNT (Pevensey Mysteries, #2) 

With her third London season drawing to a close, the shy Eliza Malcolm seems unlikely to find any husband, let alone a titled one. But when the hunting-crazed Duke of Brockenhurst invites the Malcolms to visit Harrowhaven, Eliza’s father jumps at the chance to gain a wealthy son-in-law. Surrounded by quarreling parents, tactless acquaintances, the aloof dowager, and the unsettling duke, Eliza looks for one person kind enough to help her navigate the murky waters of Harrowhaven’s secrets….

Estranged from his brother the duke, Henry Rowland only planned to visit Harrowhaven for the afternoon, but after meeting his brother’s intended, his designs are overthrown. As misfortune strikes Harrowhaven, Jacob Pevensey is called in to investigate. Henry learns that the only way to safeguard Eliza Malcolm’s happiness is to face the past he has been running from for ten long years.

This novel takes the medieval events surrounding William II's death in the New Forest and transposes them to a Regency country manor. It is the second book in the Pevensey series, but can be read as a standalone.


This title is a college thesis written by Rosanne E. Lortz to fulfill her graduation requirements at New St. Andrews College. It tells the life story of Thomas Becket using typology (a device employed by medieval chroniclers, where a person is used as a metaphor for another person, usually a Biblical character).

Archbishop Thomas Becket was a central figure in the church-state conflicts of the twelfth century. Beginning his career as royal chancellor to King Henry II, Becket helped Henry persecute the Church’s liberty, just as the Apostle Paul had done. When Henry selected Becket to be the next archbishop of Canterbury, this promotion became his Road to Damascus conversion. Becket championed the cause of the Church he had formerly persecuted, declaring that kings had no power to meddle with ecclesiastical affairs. Although he faltered once at the Council of Clarendon, Becket later repented of this failure. Exiled from England, he spent the next seven years in France. Finally, in 1170, Henry agreed to rescind his unlawful demands and to receive Becket back into England. Upon his return, a group of four barons murdered Becket in his church at Canterbury. Like our Lord Christ, however, Becket accomplished his work in his death, and Henry was forced to grant many of the freedoms that Becket had demanded for the Church.

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Here is a list of Rosanne E. Lortz's guest posts, interviews, and other writings that can be found around the web:

Guest Posts

"Why I Love the Fourteenth Century" at Historical Tapestry (March 2010)
"Why the First Crusade?" at The Maiden's Court (September 2011)
"Falling in Love with Historical Fiction" at From the TBR Pile (September 2011)
"The Rise of the Knights Templar" at Broken Teepee (September 2011)
"The Easy Part of Writing Historical Fiction" at The Bibliophilic Book Blog (September 2011)
"The Crusades and the Silver Screen" at Just One More Paragraph (September 2011)
"Modern Perceptions of the Crusades" at The True Book Addict (October 2011)

Posts at English Historical Fiction Authors

"Scourge of Europe: The Religious Hysteria Created by the Black Plague" (December 2011)
"How Joan of Kent Became Princess of Wales" (April 2012)
"The Elusive History of the Order of the Garter" (May 2012)
"Of Cameleopards and Lions: The Medieval Bestiary" (May 2012)
"William Before He Was the Conqueror" (July 2012)
"William Wallace, the Hero?--Two Sides to Every Story" (August 2012)
"Anno Domini and the Venerable Bede" (September 2012)
"The History That Never Happened: Geoffrey of Monmouth" (October 2012)
"Rightful Head of England: Pope vs. King" (November 2012)
"John Wycliffe and the Necessity of Taking Sides in History" (December 2012)

"Aesop's Fables and the Bayeux Tapestry" (January 2013)
"The Alternate Histories of the Norman Conquest, Part 1" (January 2013)
"The Alternate Histories of the Norman Conquest, Part 2" (January 2013)
"The Archbishop Who Defied Two Kings: Anselm of Canterbury" (February 2013)
"Understanding the Archbishop: Thomas Becket and the Case of the Criminous Clerks" (March 2013)
"A Different 'Type' of History: Medieval Historiography and Thomas Becket" (April 2013)
"Alfred the Great and the Importance of the Oath" (May 2013)
"Henry V: King, Conqueror, and...Musician?" (June 2013)
"How to Become a Twelfth Century Saint: The Case of Thomas Becket"  (July 2013)
"Manufacturing a Mythology: Brutus, the Legendary Founder of Britain"  (August 2013)
"The Duties of a Dead Saint, or Thomas Becket's Busy Schedule as a Martyr" (September 2013)
"The Horrors of War: The Black Prince and the "Massacre" at Limoges" (October 2013)
"'The Pope May Be French, but Jesus Is English!': England and the Avignon Papacy" (November 2013)


"The Root of the Matter" written for the Erratic Muse's Les Miz Essay Contest (May, 2011)


Author Interview at Unabridged Chick (September, 2011)
Author Interview at The Musings of a Book Junkie (October, 2011)
Author Interview at The Owl Bookmark Blog (October, 2011)
Author Interview at Reviews by Molly (October, 2011)
Author Interview at Ashley Barron's Blog (December, 2011)

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