Special Thanks

I would like to thank the following people who have helped me shaping and developing this book into what it is now.

My husband Michael for his ongoing support and constructive feedback during the writing and reviewing process. It really meant a lot to me.

My editor Jayne Raven (pen name Charlie Raven) for giving ‘The Black Lion’ a final polish. I’m so pleased I found you!

My friends and authors:

Rohase Piercy for recommending Jayne ‘Charlie’ Raven.

Pete Blakey-Novis for being an early reader.

Shani Struthers for her generous support.

Vee McGivney for her useful preliminary advice.

My beta readers Angi, Chris, Doris, John and Simone for reviewing the book.

Bridget Whelan and Jill Vigus for their workshop at the Regency Town House in Hove, back in 2018, which inspired me to write this book.

Author and historian Judy Middleton for featuring the wonderful story about the Legend of St Ann’s Well on her website.

The Society of Print Collectors who kindly gave me permission to use the map of Brighthelmstone.

The Keep, the libraries, and the internet for keeping records of historic Brighthelmstone, Britain and Europe which were essential to write Deryk’s story.

Encyclopaedia Brittanica, Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, The Lewes Bonfire Society, The Royal Pavilion catalogue and free online encyclopaedia Wikipedia.

In the course of my research, I consulted many different sources and was inspired by the work of many different authors. Any failure on my part to attribute quotations, ideas or research correctly is not intentional and will be corrected at the earliest opportunity.

Regarding the unknown man featured on the front cover, back in December 2018 I met up with my friend Carolyn in Black Lion Lane to take some photos for the book. Suddenly a man turned into the lane and we stopped talking. An eerie silence followed whilst he started walking towards us. He passed us outside Black Lion Cottage and apologised for photobombing my picture. After I came home, streaming the pictures on my phone, I found out I captured the man the precise moment he stepped into the lane.

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