|'As searing a critique of our own times as is Arthur Millers The Crucible. ' EU Prize for Literature.|
Her Kind is based on the Sorcery Trial of Alice Kytler - the infamous Flemish moneylender that lived in 14th century Kilkenny. I have been amazed and delighted with the interest in the novel, and the story behind it, especially the connection with Flanders, and the Flemish woman who made such an impression.
|Jose Kytler's Grave Stone|
A lot of people who have read Her Kind, have been very curious about the existence of ancient Flemingstown. The fact that Kilkenny has long been made up of an English town and an Irish town is well known, but not quite so well known is that there was once a third town - the town of the Flemings.
|Extract 'Her Kind'|
In the meantime, in St Canice's cathedral, the grave slab of - Jose Kytler - can still be seen. He died in 1280, and his slab is inscribed in Norman French requesting 'Stop and say a prayer, you who pass by here'. His daughter Alice would go on to be the most well remembered of those Flemish Settlers.
I was interviewed on Arena by Sean Rocks recently - we talked about Alice Kytler, Sorcery trials & Her Kind - put on the kettle, and have a listen HERE