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H for History launches!

Posted on: 04/07/2016 with tags: Team blog

We’re delighted to be launching the brand new H for History website! Here you’ll find everything you need to make a trip into the past. To give you a taste of what’s to come, here’s some highlights still to hit 2016 from the H for History team. It’s been such a treat to read some fantastic historical novels so far this year from Janet Ellis’ The Butcher’s Hook to Katherine Clements’ The Silvered Heart. I also really enjoyed working on the first in Alison Weir’s Six Tudor Queen series, Katherine…

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A day in the life of a history editor

Posted on: 28/06/2016 with tags: editor blog, Maddy Price

Non-fiction editor Maddy Price takes us through a day in the life of a history editor!‘I feel very lucky to have a job as an editor of, among other things, history books. Books I’ve worked on include The Bletchley Girls by Tessa Dunlop, The Private Lives of the Tudors by Tracy Borman and I’m working on a forthcoming biography of Jane Austen by Lucy Worsley. It’s a dream come true for someone who loved history at school, and chose to do English literature at university. Now I’m combining my passi…

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Spot the deception: Guy Burgess true or false

Posted on: 28/06/2016 with tags: andrew lownie, cambridge spies, Cambridge spy, espionage, stalin's englishman, 20th Century

Put your detective skills to the test. Can you work out which 2 of these incredible facts about Guy Burgess are the hidden lies? Let us know in the comments below! 1/ Guy Burgess played in the Eton football 1st XI . 2/ His stepfather was an intelligence officer working with Lawrence of Arabia during the First World War. 3/ Guy Burgess’s sexual partners included three other Cambridge spies – Donald Maclean, Anthony Blunt and Michael Straight. 4/ Victor, later Lord Rothschild, was charged with man…

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Robyn Young introduces Henry VII, father of the Tudors.

Posted on: 27/06/2016 with tags: Henry VII, robyn young, Tudor, War of the Roses

Robyn Young introduces us to the incredible figure of Henry VII, father of the Tudors. Out in the Channel the boat lurched over another wave and plunged down, salt spray lashing the men fighting grimly to stay on course. The September sky was dark with storm. Strong winds had whipped the seas wild, raging around the beleaguered vessel, forcing it further and further west. Among the boat’s small crew, was Jasper Tudor, former Earl of Pembroke and a son of Catherine of Valois, widowed queen of Hen…

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Alice Morley reviews Katherine of Aragon

Posted on: 27/06/2016 with tags: alison weir, katherine of aragon, Six Tudor Queens, Tudor

In this month’s H for History review, team member Alice Morley reviews Alison Weir’s mighty new History has not been kind to Katherine of Aragon. Her image, in most people’s minds is of the frumpy, foreign, Catholic first wife of Henry VIII, rightly supplanted by the far more glamorous Anne Boleyn.Alison Weir has rescued Katherine from this spectacularly. Her Katherine – who we meet when she first arrives in England – is young, beautiful, intelligent and gracious. After her brief marriage to Art…

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Get to Know Damian Seeker

Posted on: 27/06/2016

S.G MacLean talks us through the genesis of her Cromwellian hero Damian Seeker. I first encountered Damian Seeker on cold, misty December afternoon, walking through scrubland in a Highland wood. I was there alone, but for our black Labrador, who didn’t seem to notice the tall, black-clad and helmeted stranger who’d just emerged on to the path in front of us. Usually, such an encounter would have absolutely terrified me, but this one didn’t – I’d never seen the man before, but I knew instantly wh…

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The Story of the Cover: Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen by Alison Weir

Posted on: 21/06/2016 with tags: alison weir, katherine of aragon, Six Tudor Queens, tudors, Tudor

Siobhan, from Headline’s Creative Department tells the story of the cover…Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen is the first book in Alison Weir’s Six Tudor Queens series. Being the first in the series of six books, it was key to establish a distinctive cover look that will follow through across the entire series.The brief was to move away from the photographic covers that are often found in this genre, and nod back to the classic portraits of Henry VIII’s wives. As this fictional series is bringi…

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