Welcome to the website of historical novelist A.L.Berridge!

Louise is the bestselling author of the Chevalier series of historical novels about André de Roland, of which Honour and the Sword was published in 2010 and In the Name of the King in 2011, both by Penguin Books.

She's also writing a brand new series about a Victorian military hero called Harry Ryder, who makes his first appearance in Into the Valley of Death, published in May 2012.


Time to get back to work

A big thank you to Mike Sumner of Harrowden Books for arranging our last 'Warriors' talk of the season. Thank you too to the landlord and staff of the Bell Inn at Finedon for hosting us, and most of all to everyone who came.


'Warriors' was a new talk, but it's gone so well this year, J.D. Davies and I are thinking of dusting it off and trying it again in 2014. But first I have to catch up with some real work, so I'm putting a halt to personal appearances for now - and hoping to see more of you all next year.

Crimea Appeal

Many of you already know about my involvement with this. Last month I've blogged about it on the History Girls to give people a better idea of what it's all about, and this month I have a guest slot at Mark Simner's brilliant British Military History blog, but you can also go directly to the Appeal Site for the whole story.


Please help us if you can. Every single donation makes a difference, and is one more proof that people actually care.


Latest book
'Into the Valley of Death'


  The paperback of Into the Valley of Death  is now out!! This is the first in a new series featuring Harry Ryder, and is set in the Crimean War.


'The novel opens at a cracking pace and accelerates... A. L. Berridge has done it again – quite simply superb.'

The Historical Novel Society

'explodes into life, drama and action on every page. This truly is an outstanding book.'

Parmenion Books


'Harry Ryder is magnificent and you miss him at your loss.'

 M. C. Scott


Read more reviews here.







Previous releases

Honour and the Sword is the first in a series of books following the adventures of André de Roland through the tumultuous history of seventeenth-century France, set against the brutal backdrop of The Thirty Years War.

You can buy it as a paperback here, or as an e-book here.

In The Name of the King is the second book in the Chevalier series, and came out in August 2011. It can be read as a one-off novel, but it picks up directly where Honour and the Sword leaves off, in the eventful summer of 1640.

You can buy it as a paperback here, or as an e-book here



Latest blog

I post at The History Girls blog on the 20th of each month.

July's post is about the unreliability of even primary sources - 'From the Horse's Mouth'.



Latest review

  April 2013


A first for me - a review of 'Into the Valley of Death' on the Tudor Book Reviews site, 'The Anne Boleyn Files'. This one's by Penelope Wright, and here's an extract:


'This exciting spy story woven into the fabric of the history of the Crimean Campaign was fascinating, kept me guessing and wanting more. Berridge used her research to make this a believable reason for many of the poor leadership decisions.'


See the review section for more!

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