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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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Read an exclusive extract from The Silver Collar by Antonia Hodgson

Read an exclusive extract from the opening of The Silver Collar, Antonia Hodgson’s new Thomas Hawkins adventure. Read the extract here.     Autumn, 1728. Life is good for Thomas Hawkins and Kitty Sparks. The […]

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THE MOST WOEFUL THING by Alison Weir

As Katheryn Howard: The Tainted Queen is written wholly from Katheryn’s point of view, the reader never gets to see the reaction of Katheryn’s husband, Henry VIII, to her fall from grace. We see only […]

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Inspiration for Writing the She-Wolf Queen Trilogy – Carol McGrath

During the English High Middle Ages of the twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth centuries there was a succession of foreign queen consorts.  Some were honoured as the mothers of kings; others were also mothers of kings, […]

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A Rake’s Progress: Thomas Hawkins’ story so far by Antonia Hodgson

Ahead of the publication of The Silver Collar, bestselling creator of the Thomas Hawkins novels Antonia Hodgson updates us all on her antihero’s story so far…   The Silver Collar is the fourth book in the […]

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