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We always love it when Lil from Lil’s vintage world reviews some of our books. Yes, we do send them to her, but it’s on the understanding that she reviews them honestly. Thankfully, she was very happy with the books she mentions in her latest history book review, and we’re so glad about that!

In this review, Lil looks at some of our “History in a Nutshell” series books including “Cesare Borgia”, “Thomas Cranmer”, “The Mary Rose”, “1066 and the Battle of Hastings”, “Edward VI”, “Whitehall Palace” and “Henry VIII’s Health”. Lil feels these books are the perfect introduction to their topics, and said

“There is plenty of information … they’re all fantastic with lots of primary source information”

Lil also reviewed Claire Ridgway’s “On This Day in Tudor History” which is a great book for those who are interested in the Tudors, or who make quizzes or even are teachers … it’s packed from start to end with interesting things which happened during the reign of the Tudors.

Following that, Lil went on to talking about “Pustules, Pestilence and Pain” by Seamus O’Caellaigh, a book which she rightly said the following:

“Aesthetically very beautiful – perfect for anyone interested in Henry VIII or the history of medicine”

And finally, a book which is perfect for reading at the moment, given that we’ve only just passed the anniversary date of his execution … is the book “George Boleyn”. Lil loved this book and found that it really helped her to understand Anne Boleyn and her brother a lot better. She said:

“Clare Cherry and Claire Ridgway make George Boleyn come to life – I can’t recommend this book enough”

Thank you once again, Lil, for your wonderful reviews. All of our authors really appreciate your hard work, and we recommend that anyone who likes books with a historical slant should subscribe to your channel. Well done all the authors, and well done Lil!


It’s lovely to see Claire Ridgway so happy! She is pictured here in the gift shop at Hever Castle (ancestral home of Anne Boleyn) and the display next to her has … her books!

Hever is visited by hundreds of thousands of Anne Boleyn and Tudor fans each year, and it is a beautiful venue. We’re simply thrilled that Claire’s books such as “The Fall of Anne Boleyn”, “George Boleyn”, and both of her “Anne Boleyn Collections” are there. It’s also great to see her latest book “The Anne Boleyn Colouring Book” on the shelf too. We know all these books are going to be great hits with all the visitors to Hever.

It’s also wonderful to see Sandra Vasoli‘s books on the shelf too – “Struck With the Dart of Love” and “Truth Endures” are both touching novels showing the life of Anne Boleyn. And the shop also has “Anne Boleyn’s Letter from the Tower” which is a detailed look at the provenance of a letter said to have been written by Anne Boleyn in her last days at the Tower of London. Was this letter really written by Anne Boleyn?

Congratulations to both authors for this amazing achievement.

For nearly a year, Adrienne Dillard has been working alongside MadeGlobal and an amazing actress, Breeanna Judy, to create an audiobook version of her best-selling novel “The Raven’s Widow: A novel of Jane Boleyn”. This book is incredible and people have fallen in love with the way Adrienne sensitively re-tells the story of Jane Boleyn.

The audiobook just has a few more chapters to go in the recording phases, then we’ll be into audio mastering and getting the book out to all the usual places. BUT Adrienne just couldn’t let the month of May pass, a month in which so many related to Jane Boleyn were executed. She has persuaded us to put an early sample of one of the parts of the book when Jane meets George Boleyn onto the site. We wanted to take it one stage further and offer TWO full copies of the audiobook as soon as it is ready, to two lucky winners.

So, enough telling – head over to the link here to answer a quick question and enter the competition:
https://www.madeglobal.com/giveaways/win-an-audio-book-the-ravens-widow-by-adrienne-dillard/

Here’s the cover for the audio book for the first time…

The Retreat to Avalon

The Retreat to Avalon

Congratulations to Sean Poage! Your book, “The Retreat to Avalon: The Arthurian Age (Book 1)” is out for PRE-ORDER now on Amazon! This fictional tale is set in the late 5th century, where the Roman emperor, Anthemius, allied with a Briton king he knew as “Riothamus” were preparing to fight against the Visigoths. This story, seen from the eyes of Gawain, a soldier in Arthur’s army, is based on factual research identifying Riothamus with King Arthur. It details the war, culminating with the battle at Deols, France in 470 AD. The book is itself is 490 pages and is a riveting read from start to finish.

Pre-order the book HERE

Fifteen hundred years have turned history into legend…

Frustrated with living in the shadow of the elder warriors, Gawain dreams of glory in a time of peace. After three generations of struggle against a flood of ruthless invaders, Britain has finally clawed its way back within reach of security and prosperity.

Across the sea, Rome is crumbling under an onslaught of barbarian attacks, internal corruption and civil war. Desperate for allies, Rome’s last great emperor looks to Britain and the rising fame of her High King, Arthur.

Events sweep Gawain along in a tide that takes him far from his home in Britain to a terrible war in Gaul. Intrigue and betrayal vie with loyalty and valour in an epic adventure at the last, bright flash of light before “The Dark Ages”.

The Retreat to Avalon is the exciting beginning of a new Historical Fiction trilogy exploring the origins of the Arthurian legends, anchored in the events of the end of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the Middle Ages.

THE RETREAT TO AVALON IS OUT ON JUNE 8

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Posted by Administator on May 14, 2018

For all fans of history, and especially of Toni Mount and her series of Medieval Murder Mysteries, why not come and meet Toni Mount on 2 June! Toni is doing a talk on Medieval Medicine for the Battle of Barnet Trust, open to the public!

Congratulations to Claire Ridgway and Dmitry Yakhovsky for the instant pre-launch success of their latest book “The Anne Boleyn Colouring Book” which went on pre-order yesterday!

The book has already reached the top 10 in many categories in both America and the UK, and it’s #1 in Architecture > History in the UK! That’s all within 12 hours of going on pre-launch, and the image hasn’t even reached Amazon yet!!!

UK Ranking

USA Ranking

Pre-order the book HERE

We love to hear more about history – and Samantha Morris is on a one-woman quest to educate people about the Borgia and Medici families. Sam was recently interviewed on Chris Staron‘s website all about Girolamo Savonarola entitled “One Man Against the Renaissance”.

You can listen to Samantha’s fascinating talk here:
http://www.chrisstaron.com/truce/girolamo-savonarola-one-man-against-the-renaissance


Born on 21 September 1452, the very same year that Leonardo Da Vinci was born, Girolamo Savonarola: The Renaissance Preacher tells the story of a man who believed so wholeheartedly in God and the message that He was giving, that he gave his life for it.

The book is an introduction to the life and times of this infamous preacher, a man who was witness to the dramatic downfall of the Medici dynasty in fifteenth-century Florence, who instigated some of the most dramatic events in Florentine history and whose death is still commemorated today.

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UPDATE: Get 30% off with code SAVEWITHSAM until 31/03/2018

Samantha Morris (Girolamo Savonarola, Cesare Borgia in a Nutshell) has used her extensive travels to Italy and has combined them with her unparalleled passion for the Medici family to bring out the fascinating and sometimes gruesome details of this turbulent period in history in a course over at MedievalCourses.com.

In her brand-new ten-module course you will discover the expansive history of the infamous Medici family, covering over three centuries. Starting with the origins of the Medici family, you will learn about characters such as Cosimo de Medici and Lorenzo the Magnificent (great names! I want to be called Timbo the Magnificent!). The course also covers the dangerous period known as the Pazzi Conspiracy and moves on to show how the Medici were patrons of the arts, rose to be popes and even became royals!

Samantha Morris works tirelessly to educate the world about the Borgias, the Medici and the whole period of rennaissance Italian history which brought us household names such as Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli, Raphael, Girolamo Savonarola, Alexander VI and Michelangelo… what would the world be like without people like that!

We can highly recommend this course and all the work by Samantha.
Medici Family History course

FIND OUT MORE ON THE MEDICI HERE

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Well loved historian and author Toni Mount (Sebastian Foxley Medieval Murder Mystery Series, Medieval Courses) will be speaking at this year’s Wigmore Lectures on the topic of Henry VIII, Hero or Villain.

We all know the story of Henry VIII. But it was more than lust that drove him to divorce and behead. So could he have been a hero or was he just a selfish villain? Historian and novelist Toni Mount looks at the evidence.

21 March 2018 at 8pm – Wigmore Library, Gillingham, UK

Book at any Medway library. You can buy a season ticket for all six evenings Wigmore Lectures at Wigmore Library for £20. Individual lectures are priced at £4 each, with the Christmas lecture priced at £5 including seasonal refreshments.

For more information please go to the organiser’s website here:
http://www.enjoymedway.org/events/wigmore-lectures-toni-mount-henry-viii-hero-or-villan

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Samantha Morris

Samantha Morris

Author and Borgia expert, Samantha Morris, is currently running a competition on her website where you can win a copy of her first book “Cesare Borgia in a Nutshell”. This book is the perfect introduction to the fascinating world of the Borgias, as Cesare was a central figure in the family.

Cesare Borgia in a Nutshell outlines the life of one of history’s most controversial figures from his birth through to his murder in 1507 at the age of just 31. This book aims to expose the truth behind the age-old rumours of this ancient family and to shed light onto a fascinating period of history.

Samantha Morris studied archaeology at the University of Winchester where her interest in the history of the Italian Renaissance began. Her interest in the Borgia family has grown and she is always looking for new information on the subject.

YOU CAN WIN A COPY!

Head over to The Borgia Bull website now (Samantha Morris’ website) and you can enter the competition. No purchase is necessary!

GOOD LUCK!

PS. The Borgia Bull is a great website, packed with loads of information for you to enjoy. Why not spend some time looking around after you’ve entered the competition!
https://theborgiabull.com/2018/03/12/a-cesare-borgia-giveaway/