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We love Sean Poage and his debut novel The Retreat to Avalon, and it’s great to hear that it is getting the wide recognition that it deserves. There is a fantastic review of the book on Bangor Daily News written by George Smith.

In the review, George said, “I got hooked in the very first chapter and read the whole book in two days. Sean must’ve done an enormous amount of research to tell us this very interesting and engaging story. This is an amazing book by a first time author.” He went on to say, “I can assure you when Sean’s second novel is published, I will be eager to read it!”

With the book taking in a time in England 1500 years ago, there is a rich history to be told, and Sean does it amazingly well – gripping the reader from the very first chapter.

Thank you George Smith, and the Bangor Daily News, for this great review.

You can read the whole review HERE.

The Retreat to Avalon

Jun
29
Posted by Administator on June 29, 2018

Author and historian Gareth Russell, A History of the English Monarchy, has been interviewed on BBC Radio 4 all about famous anecdotes and speeches. He asks us to think again as we take a journey through history’s most famous misquotes and some wickedly funny tales of revenge.

You can hear the interview on this web page:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b6p8g0

Gareth’s book, A History of the English Monarchy, goes into great detail about the monarchs from Boadicea to Elizabeth I, and it’s proved to be an incredibly popular book.

Recent reviews on The History of the English Monarchy

“Absorbing and entertaining narrative” – Galla, 5 STARS
“Debunks a lot of what I thought was historically factual …” – Rhonda Hunter, 5 STARS
“Monarchs Are People Too!” – Joan Leaver, 5 STARS
“This book filled in so many gaps for me even though I have read about and followed this period of history for most of my life.” – Lyn Richardson, 5 STARS

About the book…

In A History of the English Monarchy, historian Gareth Russell traces the story of the English monarchy and the interactions between popular belief, religious faith and brutal political reality that helped shape the extraordinary journey of one of history’s most important institutions.
From the birth of the nation to the dazzling court of Elizabeth I, A History of the English Monarchy charts the fascinating path of the English monarchy from the uprising of ‘Warrior Queen’ Boadicea in AD60 through each king and queen up to the ‘Golden Age’ of Elizabeth I. Russell offers a fresh take on a fascinating subject as old as the nation itself. Legends, tales and, above all, hard facts tell an incredible story… a history of the English Monarchy.

You can get the book HERE

Jun
28
Posted by Administator on June 28, 2018

Congratulations to Toni Mount on the launch day of her latest novel, The Death Collector. This book is a lot darker than her Sebastian Foxley Medieval Murder Mystery books, but it’s just as gripping!

In this riveting melodrama, Toni Mount explores the darker side of Victorian London, creating a gripping thriller packed with shocking murders, unexpected twists and chilling suspense.

Read it if you dare…

“More dastardly than Jack the Ripper in Whitechapel; more vile than the dense fog of a London Particular, an arch-fiend prowls the Victorian city streets. Nobody is safe from his experiments, whether peer or prostitute, preacher or policeman in this in this shocking tale of murder. Will Inspector Albert Sutton, aided by his wife Nell and her cat, be able to unmask and apprehend the heartless serial killer, or will they become the next novelty specimens of the Death Collector?”

YOU CAN GET THE BOOK HERE

Jun
28
Posted by Administator on June 28, 2018

Geoffrey Ashe MBE FRSL, author of “King Arthur’s Avalon: The Story of Glastonbury”, has been enjoying reading Sean Poage‘s debut novel “The Retreat to Avalon“, and we’re so excited! Ashe is co-founder and secretary of the Camelot Research Committee, so it’s a big thing for us that he loves Sean’s book!

In an email to Sean, Geoffrey Ashe said, “Avalon, so the story goes, is a mythic place where King Arthur fades from view after his last battle. But in his ground-breaking novel Retreat to Avalon, Sean Poage tells us otherwise. Avalon, he says, is a real location on the map, and a real Arthur did go there. We can even fix the date.” He goes on to say, “Firmly based on historical and archaeological research, the story depicts a post-Roman Britain still preserving a tenuous unity under a charismatic leader: Arthur, the High King. As an ally of one of the later Roman emperors, he leads an army of Britons overseas. The author re-imagines the warfare of the time with authentic detail. Apart from the war, he skillfully reconstructs the ordinary life of the people of Britain, with much information about their food, their clothing, their buildings, their religion. He also gives credible glimpses of a place in Britain destined to inspire, long after, the romance of Camelot.”

Ashe sums up his thoughts on Sean Poage’s “The Retreat to Avalon” by saying ” Told through a group of vivid characters, The Retreat to Avalon brilliantly opens up a world which historical research has only recently begun to discover.”

Thank you so much for this wonderful review, we really appreciate it!

You can get The Retreat to Avalon HERE

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We know there are a LOT of Toni Mount fans out there, and maybe you’re one of them? We don’t know if you have spotted the news, but Toni’s latest book, based in Victorian London, is out on 28 June!

The book is a slight departure from her normal Medieval mystery series, and it takes a much darker turn with a serial killer lurking the dark streets of London.

Here’s the description of the book…

More dastardly than Jack the Ripper in Whitechapel; more vile than the dense fog of a London Particular, an arch-fiend prowls the Victorian city streets. Nobody is safe from his experiments, whether peer or prostitute, preacher or policeman in this in this shocking tale of murder. Will Inspector Albert Sutton, aided by his wife Nell and her cat, be able to unmask and apprehend the heartless serial killer, or will they become the next novelty specimens of the Death Collector?

In this riveting melodrama, Toni Mount explores the darker side of Victorian London, creating a gripping thriller packed with shocking murders, unexpected twists and chilling suspense.

Read it if you dare…

You can pre-order the book here: http://getbook.at/deathcollector

Jun
18
Posted by Administator on June 18, 2018

Author Roland Hui, The Turbulent Crown, has published a fascinating article on the perceptions of Queen Anne Boleyn as a witch in ‘Parergon – Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies’.

As Tudor enthusiasts know, Anne Boleyn’s reputation as an evil sorceress is a part of her persona that just never goes away. In a 2014 article for ‘The Huffington Post’, Susan Bordo (author of ‘The Creation of Anne Boleyn’) mentions how Henry VIII’s much-maligned second wife is still often taken as a ‘six-fingered witch, her features deformed by Satan’.

In Roland’s article (entitled ‘Anne of the Wicked Ways’), he examines how history and popular culture have played their parts, and even overlapped, to create ‘Anne the witch queen’. You can read the article by following this link:

https://tudorfaces.blogspot.com/2018/06/anne-of-wicked-ways-perceptions-of-anne.html

You can get Roland’s book here: http://getbook.at/turbulentcrown


Jun
13
Posted by Administator on June 13, 2018

We don’t often share reviews of books as we like our books to speak for themselves, but we just saw such a great review that we just had to share it! A lovely lady called Catherine Mayrick has rated “Girolamo Savonarola: The Renaissance Preacher” with 4/5 stars on Goodreads. However, it’s the wonderful things she’s written which we wanted to share!

“In Girolamo Savonarola: The Renaissance Preacher, Samantha Morris succinctly outlines Savonarola’s life … The bulk of the book concentrates on the period of Savonarola’s ascendancy in Florence set against the complex political background and upheavals as well as the major personalities of this period and their machinations… Morris skillfully summarizes the political complexities of the period in a readable, almost conversational, style.”

Thank you, Catherine, so much for this wonderful review. We’re thrilled you enjoyed the book so much.

You can see the original review here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35804703-girolamo-savonarola

You can get the book here: http://getbook.at/savonarola

Jun
12
Posted by Administator on June 12, 2018

Did you know that MadeGlobal publishes audio books?

The Anne Boleyn Collection by Claire Ridgway – SAMPLE HERE

The Fall of Anne Boleyn by Claire Ridgway – SAMPLE HERE

Falling Pomegranate Seeds by Wendy Dunn – SAMPLE HERE

AND OUR LATEST AUDIO BOOK IS OUT NOW…

The Colour of Poison by Toni Mount – SAMPLE HERE

The first Sebastian Foxley medieval mystery by Toni Mount. – NOW AS AN AUDIO BOOK

The narrow, stinking streets of medieval London can sometimes be a dark place. Burglary, arson, kidnapping, and murder are everyday events. The streets even echo with rumours of the mysterious art of alchemy being used to make gold for the king.

Join Seb, a talented but crippled artist, as he is drawn into a web of lies to save his handsome brother from the hangman’s rope. Will he find an inner strength in these, the darkest of times, or will events outside his control overwhelm him?

Only one thing is certain – if Seb can’t save his brother, nobody can.

This book is narrated by Charlie Alsop-Parry and is a joy to listen to as he brings all your favourite characters to life.

Why not give an audio book a try and see how much you enjoy listening to these amazing books!

Jun
08
Posted by Administator on June 8, 2018

Come along to Maine Mall, South Portland, to meet Sean Poage today and tomorrow (8/9 June) as he will be in the central area of the mall with a stall of his latest book “The Retreat to Avalon”. Sean is looking forward to welcoming you to this launch party event!

Jun
08

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.