Autumn Recommendations: Historical Fiction

As an historian, it is no surprise that I love historical fiction. I love how easy it is to learn about the past and the life it gives to well known characters of our past. I particularly enjoy reading about periods I know little about as once I have finished I will go and look up the actual events and learn more. It is safe to say I’m happiest when reading stories set in the past, even when reading fantasy I prefer it to be set in some feudal land. I love Kings and Queens, and battles with swords/axes/arrows, not guns and cannons. Here are a three I have really enjoyed in the past year. Continue reading “Autumn Recommendations: Historical Fiction”

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What I’m Reading…

Hello!

Just thought I’d touch base and show you what I’m reading.  As you can see, I have my hands full at the moment. It’s so nice to have such a great selection of books to dig into. I’ve just finished reading G. R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series (which is amazing by the way, and it’s amazing how many references to the English Wars of the Roses there are. Cannot wait until the next instalment!) so now I’m 100% focussed on this pile!

After finishing my degree in Early Modern History, I have decided to start reading more into Medieval history. I’m not too sure what made me do this, perhaps it was my love of Martin’s Game of Thrones, but I’m so glad I have. I started with Alison Weir’s novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Captive Queen, and it just opened up a whole new world for me. I have always loved the Tudors since my secondary school history teacher taught me about Wolsey and Henry VIII with such passion. My dissertation about Anne Boleyn’s role in Wolsey’s downfall and her love affair with the king has given me some interesting ideas and theories that I’m hoping to explore in a MPhil (if i ever save up enough), but if I can’t go down that path hopefully I can detail them in a book (wishful thinking perhaps but I’m going to try!). These are tied up with certain Medieval Queens and the more I read the greedier I am about buying books that help illuminate the dark ages of English (and European) history.

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Wars of the Roses: Stormbird | Conn Iggulden | a review

stormbirdRed vs White. Lancaster vs York. These words spring to mind when discussing the infamous Wars of the Roses. The name given to this turbulent period is somewhat romantic, and encourages thoughts of chivalric knights fighting for their houses, and ultimately the throne. The name however, was not used until much later, made famous by the Elizabethan playwright Shakespeare. In actuality, the battles that dominated the latter half of the Fourteenth Century were much bloodier, chaotic and family orientated than the romantic name suggests. Cousin vs cousin, uncle vs nephew, the old Plantagenet bloodlines fighting each other for the right to rule England.

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