Book Review: The Walls of Byzantium, by James Heneage

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To get through this maze, Heneage employs the time proven and very useful conceit of human interest at its most personal level – a love story, not merely triangular but quadrilateral, plus the ardent love of place…

Book Review: The Winter Warrior, by James Wilde

Winter Warrior

Do you like Anglo-Saxons and Vikings and a lot of gore? You’ll probably like this book. Are you French? You probably won’t.

Book Review: Dangerous Women, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois

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The twenty-one story anthology features a wide array of modern and historical fiction, sci-fi and fantasy.

Book Review: The Donation Of Constantine: A Novel, by Simon LeVay

The Donation of Constantine by Simon LeVay

Love conquers all. Even the Donation of Constantine.

Book Review: In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn

In the footsteps of Anne Boleyn

It is particularly useful in that it brings together much (usually) scattered information into one place and links places, events and context together. It is a useful reference book with extensive links to further information.

The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England

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The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England By Marc Morris Pegasus Books, 2013 ISBN: 978-1-60598-451-3 Publisher’s Description: An upstart French duke who sets out to conquer the most powerful and unified kingdom in Christendom.An invasion force on a scale not seen since the days of the Romans. One of the […]

Book Review: Ancient Treasures, by Brian Haughton

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Many people dream of finding some long-lost treasure – to think that perhaps a chest full of gold is buried underneath their feet and that you can retrieve it with just a shovel!.

Templar (Graphic Novel)

Templar (Graphic Novel)

Graphic novels that focus on the medieval period are getting more and more popular – and works like Templar are a good reason why. Set during the downfall of the Templar Order in 1307, it is a historical adventure story that combines action, humour and romance with some royal politics and a mysterious treasure.

Book Review: A Thing Done, by Tinney Sue Heath

Book Review: A Thing Done, by Sue Heath Tinney

I’ve read a lot of historical novels over the last few years but I have to say that hands down, this one is at the top of my list.

Book Review: Shadow on the Crown

Shadow on the Crown

A review of Patricia Bracewell’s book: Shadow on the Crown.

Book Review: Medievalisms: Making the Past the Present

Medievalisms: Making the Past the Present

In the book Medievalisms: Making the Past the Present, Tison Pugh and Angela Jane Weisl recognize the enduring influence of the Middle Ages and address how medievalisms are interpreted and represented in modern culture.

BOOK REVIEW: “Death Before Compline”

Death Before Compline - Sharan Newman

BOOK REVIEW: Death Before Compline Bagwyn Books (2012) Sharan Newman This short book, DEATH BEFORE COMPLINE is a great collection of murder-mystery stories by Sharan Newman. It features the adventures of Sharan’s popular and much loved heroine, Catherine LeVendeur, a crime solving woman living in twelfth century France. The stories are chronologically ordered, starting from […]

The Archaeology of Knowth in the First and Second Millennia AD

The Archaeology of Knowth in the First and Second Millennia AD

Knowth, Ireland is the site of one the country’s most important archaeological sites: from a large neolithic grave mound to medieval and post-medieval settlements, this place offers a huge amount of evidence on Irish history.

Review: The Medieval Anarchy: History In An Hour

Medieval Anarchy

The latest ebook from History In An Hour, The Medieval Anarchy aims to give the reader a relatively quick look at events during the reign of King Stephen (1135-1154), a period of civil war throughout the Anglo-Norman empire.

REVIEW – The Plantagenets: The Kings Who Made England

Plantagenets: The Kings Who Made England

Dan Jones is an acclaimed English historian and award winning journalist.

From the Brink of the Apocalypse: Confronting Famine, War, Plague, and Death in the Later Middle Ages

From the Brink of the Apocalypse Confronting Famine, War, Plague and Death in the Later Middle Ages

Aberth writes in the tradition of Barbara Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror, both in his lively, readable style aimed at the nonspecialist and in his antiheroic, almost romantic portrayal of late medieval miseries.

Medieval futures: Attitudes to the future in the Middle Ages

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Medieval Futures explores the rich variety of ways in which medieval people imagined the future, from the prophetic anticipation of the end of the world to the mundane expectation that the world would continue indefinitely, permitting ordinary human plans and provisions.

Book Review: Pope Joan, by Lawrence Durrell

Pope Joan

Once I got past all the unnecessary narrative, this book read like a script from a ‘Carry On’ movie: a titillating tale of lusty desires and ambition set against a religious backdrop, and heavily cloaked in the guarded innuendo of the time.

Book Review: Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination

Royal Manuscripts

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination makes for a good compliment to those who have had the chance to view the exhibition, adding indepth details about this collection as well as dozens of wonderful images from the Middle Ages.

REVIEW: “The Sons of Mercia: Godric the Kingslayer” – Jayden Woods

Godric the Kingslayer - Sons of Mercia, Volume 2

Rich characters, misery, betrayal, sex and a dose of brutal Viking violence, mixed together for an easy, enjoyable read! Author Jayden Woods releases her next offering in the “Sons of Mercia” trilogy, “Volume 2: Godric the Kingslayer” This story picks up on the life of Eadric Streona’s son, Godric. It’s hard being the son of the most reviled man […]

Erotic Tales of Medieval Germany

Erotic Tales of Medieval Germany

Erotic Tales of Medieval Germany Translated by Albrecht Classen Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies: Texts for Teaching, Volume 3 Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2007 ISBN: 978-0-86698-374-7 Synopsis: Just as late-medieval Italian literature has its Decameron and late-medieval English literature has its Canterbury Tales, late-medieval German literature, though less familiar, also has […]

A Who’s Who of Your Ancestral Saints

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A Who’s Who of Your Ancestral Saints By Alan J. Koman Genealogical Publishing Company, 2010 ISBN: 978-0-8063-1824-0 Publisher’s Synopsis: For anyone interested in his or her own genealogical links to medieval Europe and early Christianity, this book offers an extraordinary opportunity. For the first time, the lives of 275 early European saints are retold and […]

The Medieval World: An Illustrated Atlas

Medieval World

The Medieval World: An Illustrated Atlas Edited by John M. Thompson National Geographic, 2010 ISBN: 978-1426205330 Publisher’s Description: Sumptuously illustrating the vivid parade of a thousand years of history, this comprehensive historical atlas concentrates on the Mediterranean world but also shows what happened across the globe between A.D. 400 and 1500 —from the fall of […]

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