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Boats, Beasts and Boots – Getting Around in the Ancient World

Posted on: 27/02/2014 with tags: ancient history, ancient rome, author blog, Cassius Corbulo, historical fiction, Nick Brown, The Far Shore

by Nick Brown Setting out on my third outing with Cassius and friends, I was keen to see the trio on the ocean wave and in THE FAR SHORE they depart from Rhodes on what soon becomes a perilous sea journey. Sailing was often a frightening prospect for the ancients but offered comparatively speedy access to distant locations. For the rest of the time, most had no other choice but to walk or ride. During the second book – THE IMPERIAL BANNER – Cassius, his servant Simo and his bodyguard Indavara us…

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Whipping Yarns – by Rory Clements

Posted on: 28/11/2013 with tags: author blog, crime and punishment, historical crime, John Shakespeare series, Rory Clements, Shakespeare, Tudor London, whipping

Punishment by whipping has been a common disciplinary measure throughout human history. In the sixteenth century, the setting for Rory Clements’ John Shakespeare series of historical crime novels, the infamous Whipping Act (1530) was passed, which directed vagrants (on the rise after the dissolution of the monasteries) to be carried to some market town or other place ‘and there tied to the end of a cart naked and beaten with whips throughout such market town till the body shall be bl…

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The Kennedy Legend

Posted on: 22/11/2013 with tags: assassination, author blog, conspiracy theories, JFK, JFK50, Rebecca Mascull, rewrite history, The Visitors, The West Wing

by debut historical novelist Rebecca Mascull. In the mid-1980s, I was a teenager and prone to obsessions. I had a thing for true stories. I loved to watch TV docudramas and read biographies of famous people. I remember the TV movie Escape from Sobibor, which sparked a life-long fascination with WWII and particularly the Holocaust.                    I wrote a novel about it, before I wrote THE VISITORS. I saw it on TV, then bought the book – this wasn’t so easy in those days, long before the int…

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What if Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon had produced a surviving male heir?

Posted on: 21/11/2013 with tags: alternate history, anne boleyn, Art Under Attack, author blog, British History, Catholicism, debut novel, dissolution of the monasteries, henry viii, historical fiction, Iconoclasm, katherine of aragon, Margery Polley, Martin Luther, Mary Tudor, medieval england, plague land, Protestantism, puritans, Reformation, religion, religious history, rewrite history, s d sykes, Tate Britain, the tudors

by historical novelist S. D. Sykes A fragment of smashed glass. The defaced image of the Virgin. A decapitated effigy of the Christ child. All glimpses into an alternate history – the history of England, had a son of Catherine of Aragon survived to become King. Last week I visited the ‘Art under Attack’ exhibition currently at the Tate Britain – a look into the history of British iconoclasm. The part of the show which interested me most concerned the attacks on the art of the church – by the chu…

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