Season’s Greetings

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all readers of this blog, and of my books!

Here, demonstrating that family arguments and excessive consumption of the hard stuff have been Christmas ‘traditions’ for ever and a day, is Samuel Pepys on 25 December 1661…

In the morning to church, where at the door of our pew I was fain to stay, because that the sexton had not opened the door. A good sermon of Mr. Mills. Dined at home all alone, and taking occasion from some fault in the meat to complain of my maid’s sluttery, my wife and I fell out, and I up to my chamber in a discontent. After dinner my wife comes up to me and all friends again, and she and I to walk upon the leads, and there Sir W. Pen called us, and we went to his house and supped with him, but before supper Captain Cock came to us half drunk, and began to talk, but Sir W. Pen knowing his humour and that there was no end of his talking, drinks four great glasses of wine to him, one after another, healths to the king, and by that means made him drunk, and so he went away, and so we sat down to supper, and were merry, and so after supper home and to bed.

This blog will return in the New Year, when I hope finally to be able to provide up to date information on the progress of my new Tudor naval fiction trilogy!


  1. David says:

    I am currently reading , ” The Devil Upon the Waves” is there another in the Quinton series ? If so where can I get a physical copy?

    Love this series, much better then Patrick O’Brian and no offense to Bernard Cornwell but the stories always hold together far better, he is hit and miss, although Algencourt and the fort are must reads.

    Thank you,


    • J D Davies says:

      Hello Dave, and thanks for your very kind comments! ‘Devil Upon the Wave’ is currently the last in the series, and isn’t available in physical format as yet. I certainly intend to write more Quinton books, but my publisher commissioned a new Tudor naval trilogy from me – I recently finished the first and will soon start the second, after which I hope to write the next Quinton.


  2. Pamela says:

    Nadolig Llawen i chi hefyd JD.

    I look forward to reading your new posts in the new year.


  3. David Pilgrim says:

    Now, there’s one man I should like to have met – I too look forward to clambering into my box pew, if not quite emulating Pepys bibulous celebration of Christmas……..although, on second thoughts…….! Best wishes to you and Wendy for Christmas, then sharpen your quill for the New Year.


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