The Running Wolf
The Running Wolf In 1687, around 20 swordmakers defected from Solingen in north west Germany and moved to Shotley Bridge in north east England.
Helen’s novel focuses on Hermann Mohll, who was imprisoned in Morpeth Gaol in December 1703 and released in February 1704.
Mohll was imprisoned for smuggling swords. He was suspected of high treason for working against Queen Anne because he sailed into England with some Scottish and Irish soldiers. Despite these suspicions, he was released suddenly in February 1704. Several historians have puzzled over Mohll’s release, whether he was a Jacobite agent, and the fate of the smuggled swords.
Dr Helen Steadman is from County Durham, and she recently completed a PhD in English at the University of Aberdeen. She has had two novels published by Impress Books: bestselling historical novel, Widdershins, and its sequel, Sunwise, both inspired by the seventeenth-century witch trials in Newcastle. Her third novel, The Running Wolf, was published by Impress Books on Tuesday 1 December 2020. As part of her research into the Shotley Bridge swordmakers, Helen trained in blacksmithing and forged her own sword with blademaker and TV consultant, Rod Hughes.