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Hello from Lara Byrne

Historical Fiction Author

The Holy Roman Empire - from a woman's perspective

Discover a new world

My novels are a blend of fiction and careful research. My heroines and heroes are real historical characters, and my stories try to reimagine the passions, obsessions, and love stories hidden between the folds of medieval chronicles and propaganda. If you enjoyed the historical investigation of Tom Holland's Millenium and dreamt on the pages of Pope Joan and The Chronicles of Mistra, my books could be for you.

The history of the middle ages was written by men and for men, in monasteries and cathedrals where the word 'female' was synonymous with 'daughter of Eve.' Unsurprisingly, the few women who secured positions of power in those days ended up misrepresented, and almost inevitably demonised.  My fiction tries to redress that, deviating from unreliable sources to re-imagine and re-write pages of history from a fresh perspective.  


Lotharingia is the first installment of the Comitissa series, whose heroine is Countess Matilde of Tuscany, la 'Grancontessa,' as she is still known in Italy. 

The sequel, The Road to Canossa, will be released in March 2023.

Don't forget to check out my blog, where I  share snippets of my research to pay some incredible women their due, visuals of their world, and the occasional travel tip!

Join my mailing list & receive your exclusive chapters of The Keeper

I am honoured to share with you the first chapters of The Keeper, a 'Judges' Favourite' at the last Ink & Insights Award.

This free download gives you the opportunity to meet some of Lotharingia's characters. 


When finished, The Keeper will become Lotharingia's prequel. If you like the story feel free to feedback and to engage with me. I need a few more beta readers!

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To survive, you must tell stories.

Umberto Eco

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