Seminole Nation***

Ben Savard, who is introduced in book five of the Wilderness novels, is a native of New Orleans. His father was French born and raised; his mother was the daughter of the Choctaw and Seminole nations and African slaves who escaped and claimed freedom in the southern Florida swamplands, often among the tribes.… Read more.

Henry Savard***

Readers first meet Henry Savard as a young boy, at his home in New Orleans where his father, Dr. , founded a . His mother is Julia Valentine Livingston Savard, originally of a Quaker family in Manhattan. Her first marriage ended when her husband died in a shipwreck; her second marriage to Paul Savard came about when they met at her father’s where he was an attending physician.

Dispensaire de Bienfaisance

A free clinic on the rue Dauphine in , also the residence of its owner, Dr. .

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus.… Read more.

New Orleans sources

Research Topics

This is an email from a historian regarding Queen of Swords and research on New Orleans:

I just finished reading your latest installment of the Wilderness series, and as always, enjoyed it quite a bit. I was curious as to what sources you consulted for your discussion of Indians in New Orleans.

Read more.

Livingston Family***

One member of the historical Livingston family – politically and socially quite powerful in the early 19th century in New York City – plays a minor role in the Wilderness series. Edward Livingston, a lawyer originally of New York City, and his wife, , originally of the Sugar Islands appear in Queen of Swords as prominent residents of New Orleans.… Read more.

Hannah Bonner***


Other namesHannah Bonner, aka Hannah Scott, or Walks-Ahead by the , her mother’s people, or Walking-Woman by the Seneca, her first husband’s.  Further known as Hannah Savard after she marries a second time. As a child her Kanien’kéha  girl name was Squirrel.
Read more.

New Orleans

Much of Queen of Swords takes place in New Orleans just as the was ending.  This short excerpt takes place as enters the city for the first time, and alone:

Finally she turned from the levee and walked into the city itself, glad now of the shade in the narrow lanes so closely built that the sun was kept permanently at bay.
Read more.

Ben Savard***

Jean-Benoît Savard, also called Ben, also called Waking-Bear by the Choctaw.

Son of Jean-Baptiste Savard and Amélie Savard, FWC

Amélie Savard’s parents were Joan Ahapopka, half Choctaw/half Seminole and  Manute Garang  originally of the Dinka people of the South Sudan, a slave

Other names
Role in the novels
Physical description
What other people notice about her/him
Significant event that molded the character’s personality
Appears in
Quote about; Quote from 

French Quarter, Manhattan

This article concerns the French community in Manhattan. There were similar communities in other places, particularly in Louisiana, relevant to Queen of Swords.

“In 1851 over 20,000 French immigrants arrived in the United States and the French newspaper, Le Republican, began to be published in New York.

Read more.

Paul Savard***

Note: This is the elder Paul Savard; he has a grandson by the same name.


Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.… Read more.