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Jeska Lyons reviews The Unseeing by Anna Mozzola

Posted on: 09/09/2016 with tags: crime fiction, debut novel, historical crime, historical fiction, history, Reviews, Victorian, Victorian England

What struck me the most when reading this book was the incredible sense of time and place Mazzola creates, and how vividly she paints a picture of grim 1830s London. We meet Sarah Gale, the epitome of a fallen woman, as she is sentenced to hang for assisting her lover James Greenacre in the murder of the seemingly innocent Hannah Brown. From the first page you are transported into poor Sarah Gales’ bleak world, and you don’t escape from her reality until you close the book completely. The atmosp…

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‘What Hastings had heralded, the Harrying confirmed. The Normans were here to stay’ James Aitcheson on The Harrowing

Posted on: 07/07/2016 with tags: Battle of Hastings, English History, historical fiction, historical novel, history, James Aitcheson, Medieval, medieval history, Norman Conquest, The Harrying of the North, The Middle Ages, Medieval, Norman

This year marks the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, one of the best known events in British history. On 14 October 1066, English and Norman armies clashed at the site now occupied by Battle Abbey in East Sussex, in a fierce struggle for the English crown that ended in the death of the incumbent king, Harold Godwineson, and in victory for the invader, William of Normandy. Most people today, if asked what was the most significant event of the Norman Conquest, would probably name Hasti…

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The Story of Egypt

Posted on: 30/09/2015 with tags: ancient egypt, ancient history, egypt, history, museum, tutenkhamen

Joann Fletcher has written this fantastic article for us about the UK’s relationship to ancient Egypt!ANCIENT EGYPT ON OUR DOORSTEPAncient Egypt continues to fascinate the modern world, with much of this fascination based on the exotic allure of a destination far away in both time and place. And yet the UK has had a far longer relationship with the land of the Nile than is often assumed. Ever since AD 43 when the Romans made Britain their most northerly outpost balancing their southern boundary…

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Richard Blake’s 5 favourite Roman Emeperors

Posted on: 14/07/2015 with tags: augustus, didius julianes, emperors, heliogabalus, history, Richard Blake, roman emperor, roman empire, tiberius, top 5

Richard Blake, author of The Death of Rome series gives us his TOP 5 Roman Emperors. 5. Tiberius (14AD-37AD) – Low taxes, but keep out of his bad books or his swimming pool4. Didius Julianus (193AD) – Paid hard cash for the Purple. Reign too short to hurt anyone.3. Julian the Apostate (360AD-363AD) – Not intolerant, not a tyrant.2. Heliogabalus (218AD-222AD)  – Too busy having sex to do too much harm to his subjects1. Augustus (27BC-14AD) – Shame he was born. Shame he ever had to die.You can buy…

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