Win books - Sarah Bryson is on book tour this week

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Posted by Tim Ridgway on June 20, 2016

This week author Sarah Bryson will be stopping by a number of websites with some amazing articles related to her new biography “Charles Brandon: The King’s Man“. MadeGlobal is supporting her by offering a book giveaway prize at each stop on the tour.

Sarah Bryson book tour

Here are the stops on Sarah Bryson’s book tour…

Make sure you get involved – you can win books!

PS. Sarah Bryson will be at our “An Evening with the Authors” event in September. You can meet her in person!


We’re so happy to announce that we have added another amazing author to our September 24 “An Evening with the Authors” event … Sarah Bryson will be flying in all the way from Australia to be at the event!

Sarah BrysonSarah Bryson is the author of “Mary Boleyn in a Nutshell” and more recently, the detailed biography “Charles Brandon: The King’s Man”.

Sarah runs the popular website , and she’s a great researcher and writer.

Welcome onboard Sarah Bryson!

Early discount tickets are on sale NOW and you should buy them soon to avoid disappointment. We have authors flying in from the USA, Australia, Spain and Canada plus of course from the UK. With nineteen top authors and lots of other things to see and do, the event is sure to be a highlight of the year.

Posted by Tim Ridgway on June 8, 2016

Mary Rose Trust

From the Mary Rose Trust …

Dear MadeGlobal,

Thank you so much for raising £85 for the Mary Rose Trust via your Anne Boleyn Day. It means so much to us to know we have supporters far and wide. You’ll be pleased to know that 100% of your donation goes towards the continuing conservation of Henry VIIIs favourite flagship, Mary Rose. Receiving no Government funding, we rely 100% on kind supporters such as yourself.

The museum is progressing steadily now and we hope to reveal an open date very soon (keep an eye on our website). Maybe, one day, all of your site visitors will find the time to come and visit us.

Thank you again for your kind generosity.


Posted by Tim Ridgway on June 5, 2016

Congratulations to everyone who took part in our massive Anne Boleyn Day 2016 event which was on May 19th. We’ve now heard back from most of the winners (and we’re chasing the last couple to try and get hold of them – please check your spam for emails from MadeGlobal!).

Here are the winners, and they come from an amazing range of countries! WELL DONE ALL!

Anne Boleyn Day WINNERS
Name Country Prize
Tia United States of America A copy of Cor Rotto by Adrienne Dillard
Katie United States of America A copy of The Devil’s Chalice by Derek Wilson
Fernanda Mexico A copy of George Boleyn by Clare Cherry and Claire Ridgway
Kine Norway A copy of Whitehall Palace in a Nutshell by Philip Roberts
Karen Canada A copy of Thomas Cranmer in a Nutshell by Beth von Staats
Ann United States of America A copy of Heigh Ho Holiday by PIVA
Corinna Germany A copy of The Truth of the Line by Melanie Taylor
EB Scotland Henry VIII and his Six Wives Drinks Charm Set
Breonna United States of America A copy of Anne Boleyn’s letter from the Tower by Sandra Vasoli
Claire A copy of Struck with the dart of love & Truth endures by Sandra Vasoli Canada
Michelle United States of America The Fall of Anne Boleyn audio book by Claire Ridgway
Beata Poland A copy of Mary Boleyn in a Nutshell by Sarah Bryson
Brittaney United States of America A copy of Phoenix Rising by Hunter S. Jones
Stephanie Denmark A copy of The Fall of Anne Boleyn by Claire Ridgway
Tracie United States of America An Anne Boleyn “B” Necklace
Posted by Tim Ridgway on June 3, 2016

Whitehall Palace in a Nutshell

MadeGlobal’s History in a Nutshell Series aims to give readers a good grounding in a historical topic in a concise, easily digestible and easily accessible way.

In Whitehall Palace in a Nutshell, researcher and author Philip Roberts delves into the history of England’s most important and significant lost building, a palace which had 2000 rooms and covered 23 acres in its heyday.

Using his unprecedented connections, Philip has been able to gain access to the historical places in Whitehall Palace which still exist today, many of which are not open to public access.

Philip Roberts, a member of the Mary Rose Trust Information Group Team for well over 20 years, has a passion for Tudor re-enactment and educating people about its history.

Get “Whitehall Palace in a Nutshell” HERE

Whitehall Palace in a Nutshell

Philip Roberts has been busy, working at writing some fantastic nutshell books. The first of these, soon to be published, is his book on Whitehall Palace, the vitally important palace which is now sadly non-existent. But, thanks to Philip’s special access and connections, he has managed to put together those parts of the palace that still exist, and to outline the intriguing history of the palace.

MadeGlobal’s “nutshell” series continues to grow, and we love the direction the books are taking. With their short format, great pricing, and above all, top-rate history, they are the perfect way to learn about the past.

Enjoy this cover reveal … and it won’t be long before the actual book will be available to buy!

Position 3 and 4

On Thursday, we launched two books to the world … “Struck with the Dart of Love” and “Truth Endures“, both by author Sandra Vasoli. Together, they tell the life story of Anne Boleyn, and they’re wonderful books. As a pair they tell a brilliant tale, crafted in a masterful and emotional way.

Anyway, it has been brought to our attention that the pair of books are in positions #3 and #4 in the prestigious “Best Sellers in Renaissance World History” list on Amazon kindle at the moment. We’d love them to move up to #1 and #2, so if you’re an Anne Boleyn or Tudor History fan, then these really are the books for you!

Well done Sandra for having another great success with a book published through MadeGlobal.

Posted by Tim Ridgway on May 23, 2016

Rope and The Mary Rose Trust

MadeGlobal’s Anne Boleyn Day raises money for charity

Thank you to everyone who placed a bid on the Anne Boleyn Pointillism picture we auctioned as part of MadeGlobal’s Anne Boleyn Day 2016 event. In the end, the picture went for much more than we could have hoped for – and the two charities we selected to split the sale between are thrilled.

The Mary Rose Trust

Mary Rose Trust The Mary Rose Trust are responsible for King Henry VIII’s favourite warship, the Mary Rose, and her unique collection of artefacts.
It is also responsible for developing the museum as a world-class visitor experience and as a scientific and educational resource.


ROPERope is committed to combating the impact of poverty across the world. Working through a network of partners, who like us are motivated by Christian compassion, our goal is to meet the immediate needs of individuals and communities, whilst always striving to create long-term sustainable change in the lives of the poor. 100% of all gifts given to Rope are used for the direct benefit of the poor.

£85 goes to each of these charities

Thank you to the bidder who finally won the auction for the Anne Boleyn portrait. Your money has gone to two amazing charities.

Posted by Tim Ridgway on May 19, 2016

What an amazing day #anneboleynday has been. In the last sixteen hours, we’ve posted 29 videos which our authors kindly recorded for us. We’ve had over 600 comments during that time, and our prize draws don’t even end for another 12 hours or so.

I’m thrilled and exhausted at the same time. Thrilled that so many people have spent the time to visit MadeGlobal and listen to the talks and then comment. Thrilled that so many amazing historians and authors have entrusted MadeGlobal to publish their books. Thrilled that we have so many books still in the pipeline for publication soon. And above all, thrilled that you are still with us at the end of #anneboleynday.

All of the videos from the day will remain on our YouTube channel, so you can view them at your leisure over the coming weeks and months.

Thank you to everyone involved in
MadeGlobal’s Anne Boleyn Day 2016.

Are YOU interested in publishing with MadeGlobal?
Check out this page… WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Adrienne Dillard is the author of a best-selling novel “Cor Rotto: A novel of Catherine Carey” which has been translated into Spanish too. She’s also the author of “Catherine Carey in a Nutshell” which is part of MadeGlobal’s Nutshell series which aims to give readers a good grounding in a historical topic in a concise, easily digestible and accessible way.

In tonight’s talk, Adrienne discusses the way Jane Parker is represented in fiction and how this might not actually represent the real Jane Parker. Adrienne’s talk is very informative and we LOVE the way she examines history with a clean slate, not pre-judging history.

Here’s an excerpt from Adrienne’s forthcoming book on Lady Rochford

12 November 1541

The river was calmer than I had ever seen it. Ordinarily, the tide would be wild by this time of year. The currents of the Thames could be fierce, and woe betide any man unfortunate enough to fall in, but tonight it was still, the surface glassy. When I allowed myself to peer down into the dark depths, my tired, drawn face wavered in the reflection. I turned away quickly and fought back a wave of nausea, frightened by the anxiety I saw etched there.

As we drifted through the dense low fog, I stared out across the water at the small patches of light in the distance. I could not prove the source of each hazy beacon, but in my mind, each one represented a home. The inhabitants of these homes invaded my thoughts, and I envied the present comfort they were enjoying.           A mother, father and their three children sat down to a small wooden table in the cottage of my mind. A meat pie steamed in the centre as they bowed their heads to pray. Their surroundings began to take shape, and I saw that there were no fine tapestries, no plates of gold; but a fire crackled invitingly in the hearth, and there was an air of joy that permeated the dwelling.

I turned my attention back to the family. Having finished the prayer, their faces were upturned and shining with delight. The children, two towheaded boys and a girl with raven hair set about devouring the pastry before them. The man threw his head back in a hearty laugh at his children’s exuberance and his rich dark hair and gleaming black eyes danced in the light of the fire. The familiarity of it caused my breath to catch in my throat. It was George – my George. I squeezed my eyes shut to ward off the tears that burned behind them. I would not cry. I refused to let them see my pain.

I shook my head to clear my thoughts, and the family faded away like the ghosts they were and would always be. I would never have a family with George. Our children would never laugh at our table or scamper before our hearth. The life we could have had disappeared on a fair May day and here I was on my own journey to the same stone fortress that had swallowed our dreams. George was gone, and the agony of it ached within me.

I pulled my cloak tighter around my shoulders, but the bitter cold ate its way through and chilled me to the bone; goose pimples erupted beneath my fine velvet sleeves. The stillness of the water and the sluggish pace of the barge made the journey seem interminable and, though I dreaded my arrival at the Tower, I was anxious to be out of the cold and cocooned in my bed. I would gratefully welcome the sleep that transported me from my doleful prison and drowned out the wails that echoed in my ears. Katherine Howard’s cries had haunted me even after I was out of her company and only a steady slumber could quiet them.

“Only a few moments more my lady.”

The kindness in the guard’s voice startled me. Perhaps I would be shown mercy yet. I choked back a polite response. I didn’t trust my voice not to falter. Kindness or not, these were royal guards, and they were taking me to prison. I was determined to maintain my dignity, but immense fear threatened to overtake my composure. I could not respond to their niceties. I refused to weep at their solicitude. After all, their courtesy was owed to me. I was still a viscountess, and the queen’s sins were not my own. I could not be held accountable for Katherine’s behaviour for I had been simply doing as I was bid. I felt my resolve stiffen, but deep down I knew my excuses didn’t matter. The king believed that I had betrayed him yet again. I would not escape with my life this time.

The imposing prison that had formerly housed my husband and sister-in-law rose up out of the gloom before me. The alabaster stone was shocking against the dreary backdrop of the night. My stomach clenched at the sight of it. I waited until the barge docked before I stood up and then drew a deep breath and fought off the lightheadedness that threatened my balance. The kindly guard offered his arm to me, but I shook my head in response. He dipped a nod in return and hurried to the dock where his captain was standing, deep in conversation with Sir John Gage.

Gage was the most recent Constable of the Tower, having taken over for the man who oversaw the imprisonment of George, Sir William Kingston. I knew Gage quite well from his time at Henry VIII’s court, but it had been awhile since I had seen him; the last time was at the funeral of the king’s third wife. On that day, I had marvelled at the smoothness of his skin; how it pulled taut against his fine jaw. I had longed to stroke the back of my hand against it to see if it was as soft as I imagined. Now that face was marred by the deep lines of age and worry.

After a brief exchange, all three of the men turned their eyes towards me. Gage merely frowned, but the captain’s thin lips twisted into a sneer. Only a few words of his response drifted over the water, and they were not friendly. The guard turned to walk back towards me. As he stepped onto the barge, the captain yelled, “Oswin, tell My Lady Rocheford that she can get off the barge however she likes, but for all our sake’s don’t let her fall in.”

Oswin – the name sounded so familiar to me, yet so strange at the same time. It reminded me of a memory from long ago: the sweet tang of rotting apples, the dew on my feet and the warm sun on my face.

Oswin came towards me with an apologetic smile. “Please my lady, allow me to assist you.”

My pride would not consent, and I would not give the captain any satisfaction, so I demurred again. “Thank you, but your assistance is not required.” The high timbre of my voice surprised me. It was unfamiliar, and it sounded strange.

The dutiful guard stepped back reluctantly and allowed me to sweep past him. I stopped short at the edge of the barge. Politeness dictated that a timber plank be laid down across the barge and the stairs so that passengers could easily step across, but I found no such comforts offered. Instead, I stared down at a ribbon of inky water between the two. It would be so easy to slip and allow myself to be swallowed by the murky depths below. No prison, no more despair, perhaps not even any pain. I had been told once that drowning was an easy death if you could overcome your basic instinct to survive. I didn’t know how strong my survival instinct was anymore. Would it be an easy escape?

Sensing my hesitation, Oswin stepped quickly off the barge and onto the stairs. He held out his hand, but I ignored it. I stepped forward but paused momentarily with my foot dangling over the void. Before I could decide, a surprise wave washed against the side of the barge and knocked me off balance. The instinct that I had doubted momentarily only minutes ago surged through my body, and I lunged for the guard. Oswin’s reflexes were strong, and he righted me quickly, but Gage and the captain noticed the disturbance, and they rushed towards us.

“That’s enough Oswin,” the captain barked. “I will handle it from here.”

Oswin bowed quickly then stepped back so we could pass.Though I was grateful for his quick action, my embarrassment kept me from meeting his gaze, so I stared straight ahead and ignored the men around me. I sensed the captain’s fury and felt my own welling up inside. ‘Of course, he wouldn’t want to explain to the king why his prisoner had drowned,’ I screamed sarcastically inside my head. ‘We mustn’t allow anyone to escape the king’s justice.’

“Lady Rochford, you must know that not even pity from a failed suicide attempt could deliver you now. The king would have saved himself so much trouble if he had only executed you with your deviant husband,” the captain breathed into my ear. “Never fear, you will be joining him in Hell soon enough.” I wanted to retch from the foul sulphur smell of his breath.

Gage stepped between us and placed his arm on the captain’s shoulder. “I can manage from here.”

The captain doffed his cap and shot me a parting glare then retreated to the barge.

Gage cleared his throat and then offered his arm. “I’m sorry that man felt the need to humiliate you further, but I can assure you that I do not agree with his sentiments.”

“I’m sorry that man felt the need to humiliate you further, but I can assure you that I do not agree with his sentiments.”

His candour gave me the courage to face him finally. I saw the sincerity in his bright cobalt eyes and it gave me a small measure of comfort. I took his proffered arm and allowed him to escort me to his home and my prison.

“Cor Rotto” book giveaway

Cor Rotto

To be in with a chance to win your copy of Cor Rotto: A novel of Catherine Carey, is simple. All you need to do is to comment below and say why you’ve enjoyed MadeGlobal’s Anne Boleyn Day 2016. You can have the book either in English or Spanish (we published both!) – it’s up to you.

The comments section will be open for 24 hours and a winner will be picked from the successful people who comment.

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