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Robert Neill was a British writer of historical fiction. He was born in Manchester, southern Lancashire in the northwest of England, the setting for his best known work, Mist over Pendle, a novelisation of the 1612 witchcraft trials in Pendle, Lancashire. He was educated at Lytham and Cambridge, England, where he read science (which he later described as a mistake). He became a research worker for the Scottish Marine Biological Association, a schoolmaster at Burton-on-Trent, and an Electrical Lieutenant in the RNVR during World War II. He was a professor of biology and zoology at Saint Paul’s College and lived in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, where he was on the management committee of the literary festival there, before returning to the northwest (where he preferred to live) and turning to writing full-time. He wrote historical fiction because of his interest in history and his critical reading of historical fiction when younger. He felt he could think of new ways of looking at plots and correcting errors in the details, but it was only later he felt he could begin writing historical fiction himself, beginning with Mist over Pendle. For the background of his books he favoured reading the original sources and contemporary documents and visiting the places, only using textbooks to trace the sources.

The books he wrote were:

  • Mist over Pendle (1951)
  • Moon in Scorpio (1953)
  • Rebel Heiress (1955)
  • Black William (1955)
  • Hangman’s Cliff (1956)
  • Song of Sunrise (1958)
  • So Fair a House (1960)
  • Wonder Winter (1961)
  • The Shocking Miss Anstey (1965)
  • The Devil’s Weather (1966)
  • Witch Bane (1967)
  • Crown and Mitre (1970)
  • The Golden Days (1974)
  • Lillibullero (1975)
  • Witchfire at Lammas (1977)
  • Devil’s Door (1979)
Note: In the United States, Mist over Pendle is known as The Elegant Witch, and Moon in Scorpio is known as Traitor’s Moon.
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Total Books: 45
Mist Over Pendle
2011 - Mist Over Pendle (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780099557036
ISBN-10: 0099557037
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Mills of Colne
2009 - The Mills of Colne (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781150788550
ISBN-10: 1150788550

Forms of Proceedings in Maritime Causes Before the Sheriff Courts in Scotland
2009 - Forms of Proceedings in Maritime Causes Before the Sheriff Courts in Scotland (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781150662805
ISBN-10: 1150662808
Genre: History

Witch Bane
1987 - Witch Bane (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780099077107
ISBN-10: 0099077108

Devil's Door
1981 - Devil's Door (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780099254201
ISBN-10: 0099254204
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Devil's Door
1980 - The Devil's Door (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780312198077
ISBN-10: 0312198078

Witchfire at Lammas
1979 - Witchfire at Lammas (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780099195603
ISBN-10: 0099195607

1977 - Lillibullero (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780099148302
ISBN-10: 0099148307
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Black William
1972 - Black William (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780091136703
ISBN-10: 0091136709
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Rebel Heiress
1972 - Rebel Heiress (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780091136802
ISBN-10: 0091136806
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Crown and Mitre
1971 - Crown and Mitre (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780090043309
ISBN-10: 0090043308
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Traitor's moon
Traitor's Moon (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780005210994
ISBN-10: 0005210992
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Moon in Scorpio
Moon in Scorpio (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780090878109
ISBN-10: 0090878108

Crown  mitre
Crown Mitre (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780091009908
ISBN-10: 0091009901
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The golden days
The Golden Days (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780091125301
ISBN-10: 0091125308
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Hangman's Cliff
Hangman's Cliff (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780099060901
ISBN-10: 0099060906

Don't Fish Under the Dingleberry Tree
Don't Fish Under the Dingleberry Tree (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780961759193
ISBN-10: 0961759194