Peter Tremayne was born Peter Berresford Ellis on March 10, 1943, in Coventry, Warwickshire, England, to Alan J. Ellis and Eva Daisy Randell Ellis. Peter most likely inherited his interest in writing from his father, a journalist who began his career writing for the Cork Examiner and also wrote for the pulp market. The family’s extensive Celtic ancestry may have contributed to Ellis’s lifelong interest in Celtic history and culture.
Ellis earned a bachelor’s degree with first-class honors and a master’s degree, both in Celtic studies, at the Brighton College of Art and University of East London. He initially chose a career in journalism, starting as a junior reporter for the weekly Brighton Herald in 1960. He became deputy editor of the Irish Post in 1970 and editor of Newsagent & Bookshop in 1974. In 1966, he married Dorothea P. Cheesmur.
Ellis published his first book, Wales—A Nation Again! The Nationalist Struggle for Freedom, in 1968. The book, which recounts Wales’s struggles for freedom, previewed its author’s lifelong interest in Celtic political, historical, and cultural matters. Those interests continued to appear in several books that he wrote in the 1970’s.
By 1975, Ellis had established himself as primarily a professional writer rather than a journalist. He continued to write extensively on Celtic culture, including Celtic Women: Women in Celtic...
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