Rosaleen Moorhead-Murphy was born in Liverpool where she trained as a teacher. Writing and illustration have always been her main focus.
After their marriage, she and her husband, Pat, moved to Suffolk where their four children were born. Her first book, The Mystery, was published then and was an update of the medieval miracle plays where each scene could be prepared independently and presented as part of a whole.
The family then moved to the Scottish Borders, where they had a painting studio and gallery, and it was there that she first visited Floors Castle, the seat of the Dukes of Roxburghe, and heard the story of the 8th duke and his feisty, millionaire bride, May Goelet. Further research resulted in The Mayflower and the Thistle.
Born in 1878, May Goelet was the richest heiress of her day and a member of the old New York society. When she came of age, she was said to be worth over twenty million, making her the target of many would-be suitors.
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