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Extract from K. J. Maitland’s THE DROWNED CITY

Prologue THE BRISTOL CHANNEL JANUARY 1606   The old man, sitting, sucking on his pipe on the quayside, was first to see it, or rather he did not see it. And that was what puzzled […]

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Read an extract from A Comedy of Terrors by Lindsey Davis

  We can’t wait for the return of Private Investigator Flavia Albia in Lindsey Davis’ gripping and witty new murder mystery set in Ancient Rome, A Comedy of Terrors. Read on for a sneak-peek extract […]

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Lady Rochford, The Real ‘Wicked Wife’ by Alison Weir

The notorious Lady Rochford was born Jane Parker, the daughter of learned Henry Parker, Lord Morley; her mother, Alice St John, was a distant cousin of King Henry VIII on his grandmother Margaret Beaufort’s side. […]

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Defeating the Silence by Jennifer Robson

In late 2018, shortly before the publication of The Gown, my son came to me with a question. He’d been studying the Second World War, and with it the Holocaust, in history class at school. As […]

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A Tomb With A View Quiz

  A TOMB WITH A VIEW is available now in paperback, ebook, and audio.

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Christmas at the court of Henry VIII by Alison Weir

Henry VIII always kept the feast of Christmas with ‘much nobleness and open court’. It was incumbent upon kings to dispense hospitality throughout the twelve days of the festival, and in Henry’s reign more than a thousand […]

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The Wreck of the White Ship – the 900th Anniversary by Nicholas Salaman

  ‘The most calamitous event ever to afflict the royal family of England.’   25th November 1120-2020   There have been many anni horribili in the annals of the English monarchy, but none that inflicted […]

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Inside the Gobelins Manufactory by Ann Marti Friedman

  The Gobelins Manufactory or the Manufacture Royale des Meubles de la Couronne, to give its official title, is the setting for my new novel, A Fine Tapestry of Murder. Founded by Louis XIV in […]

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H.B. Lyle on Erskine Childers – A Riddle of Empire  

As a historical novelist, you’re always coming across interesting nuggets – things that you could put in novels, be they set pieces, events, characters or even lines of dialogue. (I wrote about this in a […]

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The Glorious Guinness Girls: Emily Hourican’s inspiration behind the novel

Set amid the turmoil of the Irish Civil War and the brittle glamour of 1920s London, The Glorious Guinness Girls is inspired by one of the most fascinating family dynasties in the world – an unforgettable […]

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The Battle of Lissa: History’s Forgotten Naval Encounter

Everyone remembers the Battle of Trafalgar and indeed ‘Trafalgar Day’ is celebrated every October 21 with commemorative dinners and ceremonies around the UK. But in the course of research for my latest Kydd tale Balkan […]

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Correspondence on Campaign – Paul Fraser Collard

If I ask if you have heard of the British Army’s campaign in Abyssinia, to free European prisoners taken by Emperor Tewodros II, then I suspect many of you would look rather perplexed. However, if […]

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