Medieval Minstrels and Their Music: A Brief Overview

Medieval carving of bagpipe player

What was a minstrel? What role did they have in medieval society? What type of music did they play? Here is a brief overview. The minstrel carvings in Beverley Minster are central to the plot in The Stonemason’s Secret. I’ve written about them before, but in this post I want to explore who the minstrels … Read more

East Yorkshire Villages in The Stonemason’s Secret: Bainton, Harpham, Huggate, and Hutton Cranswick

Picture of map with hand

East Yorkshire is not as well known as other parts of England, but it is home to many medieval churches and sites. For The Stonemason’s Secret, I set the action in Beverley, York, and several East Yorkshire villages. I previously wrote about medieval buildings and sites in Beverley, so here is more information about the … Read more

Medieval Sites to Visit in Beverley England

Medieval sites to visit in Beverley England with picture of Beverley Minster nave arch and pier

Beverley is located in East Yorkshire, England. Though overshadowed by York, 30 miles to the northwest, Beverley is home to a number of medieval buildings and sites. Beverley is also 10 miles south of where I lived in England. I visited quite often, volunteering at a charity shop, researching my thesis in the Minster and … Read more

Medieval Minstrel Carvings in Beverley Minster

Three carvings of medieval minstrels in Beverley Minster playing nakers, harp, and guitar.

The Stonemason’s Secret, my forthcoming novel, follows the adventures of art historian Sarah Walker. While doing research for her dissertation, she discovers mysterious symbols carved on several of the minstrel figures in Beverley Minster. She has to find the clues, figure out how to read them, and recover the powerful Cup of Jamshid before the … Read more