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Six brilliant new reissues in Julian Stockwin’s Thomas Kydd series

Posted on: 21/05/2019 with tags: Artemis, Julian Stockwin, Kydd, Mutiny, Quarterdeck, Seaflower, Tenacious

Discover the first six books in Julian Stockwin’s seafaring historical adventure series set during the Great Age of Sail, now reissued with a brilliant new cover look. Based on dramatic real events, the Thomas Kydd series is classic storytelling at its very best. ‘In Stockwin’s hands the sea story will continue to entrance readers across the world’ – Guardian   Kydd Thomas Paine Kydd, a young wig-maker from Guildford, is seized by the press gang to be a part of the crew of the 98-gun line-o…

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Alison Weir on The Curse of the Hungerfords

Posted on: 04/04/2019 with tags: alison weir, Anna of Kleve, Anne Bassett, Anne of Cleves, Curse of the Hungerfords, henry viii, Six Tudor Queens, Tudor

It’s always a pleasure to choose subjects for the e-shorts that accompany my Six Tudor Queens novels. There are so many options, some of them not so well known, and the latter are gifts to a historical novelist because they offer more scope for creativity. I chose Anne Bassett as the subject of one of the e-shorts to go with Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets. Anne served Anna, as she had Jane Seymour; indeed, she served all Henry VIII’s last four queens. Anne herself was more than once rumoured to…

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True or False? Anna of Kleve Quiz

Posted on: 11/03/2019 with tags: alison weir, Anna of Kleve, henry viii, Quiz, Six Tudor Queens, Tudor

For publication of the fourth book in the bestselling Six Tudor Queens series Alison Weir has created this special True or False quiz about Anna of Kleve. Anna of Kleve True or False quiz Henry VIII went incognito to meet Anna of Kleve when she arrived in England.TrueFalseAnna was a Protestant.TrueFalseHenry called Anna a 'Flanders mare'.TrueFalseHenry complained about Anna wearing German dress.TrueFalseAnna complained to the ambassador of Kleve about Henry's pursuit of Katheryn H…

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Death’s Bondsman – Karen Maitland

Posted on: 05/03/2019 with tags: ankow, Death Bondsman, Gathering of Ghosts, karen maitland, Medieval

‘The echoes of the ghosts still whispered and sang through the cave. I turned to look back at the towering rocks. A red-orange glow danced and flickered through the crevices. The villagers said that whenever the heart of the tor was burning in the darkness it meant Ankow was riding up to the rocks on his skeleton horse, carrying the souls of those who had died. The fire would burn until dawn, and any who were awake in those parts would see the glow of those flames and tremble, afeared that, befo…

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