Sharan Newman is a medievalist and the author of the award-winning Catherine Levendeur mystery series, set in medieval France. She has also written non-fiction: The Real History Behind the Da Vinci Code, and The Real History Behind the Templars. A mystery, The Shanghai Tunnel, set in 1868 Portland Oregon, is as close to modernity as she wishes to go. Her latest nonfiction is The Real History of the End of the World for which she has created a blog: http://sharannewman.wordpress.com/ All of her books are available in various languages, most of which she can’t read. She likes the Russian best, where she is known as “Newmanova”.