Book Excerpt & Promotion! The Norman Conquest: William the Conqueror’s Subjugation of England by Teresa Cole

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The Norman Conquest: William the Conqueror’s Subjugation of England look at the origins, course and outcomes of William the Conqueror’s conquest of England 1051-1087.

Book Review: Three Sisters, Three Queens


Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory pulls together the lives of Margaret Tudor, her younger sister Mary, and Katherine of Aragon.

Northmen: The Viking Saga 793-1241 AD


In his new book Northmen: The Viking Saga, 793 – 1241 AD, John Haywood gives an overview of the age of the people we now call Vikings.

Piety in Pieces: How Medieval Readers Customized their Manuscripts


Medieval manuscripts resisted obsolescence. Made by highly specialised craftspeople (scribes, illuminators, book binders) with labour-intensive processes using exclusive and sometimes exotic materials (parchment made from dozens or hundreds of skins, inks and paints made from prized minerals, animals and plants), books were expensive and built to last.

BOOK REVIEW: A Million Years in a Day – Greg Jenner

A Million Years in A Day by Greg Jenner

Want to know how daylight savings time started? Who really invented the modern toilet? Were the Vikings really filthy Barbarians? Did Early Modern people think bathing was dangerous? This book aims to answer these questions (and many more!) as Greg Jenner takes us from sun up to sun down, through a million years in one day.

Medieval Maritime Warfare

medieval maritime warfare

Charles Stanton uses an innovative and involving approach to describe this fascinating but neglected facet of European medieval history.

Book Talk: A Conversation with Guy Gavriel Kay

Banner - US Cover Children of Earth and Sky

Set in a parallel Renaissance world, two major religions, the Jaddites who worship the sun, and the Asharites who worship the stars, struggle amidst the backdrop of court politics, murder, espionage, faith and family.

Becoming a Prince: Prince Arthur’s early life and his training to be king

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Within a month of his birth on 20 September 1486, Prince Arthur was separated from his family and living in a nursery at Farnham Palace in Surrey.

Soldiers of Christ: The Knights Hospitaller and the Knights Templar in medieval Ireland

soldiers of christ book

In an Irish context, the Knights Hospitaller and the Knights Templar were the most significant expressions of this unusual vocation that sought to combine military service with monastic observance.

Isabella of France: The Rebel Queen

Isabella of France The Rebel Queen

Read an excerpt from the new book by Kathryn Warner

BOOK REVIEW: Children of Earth and Sky – Guy Gavriel Kay

Book: Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay

BOOK REVIEW: Children of Earth and Sky – Guy Gavriel Kay

Joan of Kent: The First Princess of Wales

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Jean Froissart, probably the most famous of the fourteenth-century chroniclers, described Joan as ‘in her time the most beautiful woman in all the realm of England and the most loved’

BOOK REVIEW: The Northern Queen by Kelly Evans

Book: The Northern Queen by Kelly Evans

Kelly Evans’Anglo-Saxon novel centres around the story of Aelfgifu of Northampton (990-1040); from her rise in court and eventual marriage to one of England’s most famous early kings, Cnut the Great (995-1035), to her repudiation, and later life with her sons after Cnut’s passing.

BOOK REVIEW: Spies, Sadists, and Sorcerers: The History You Weren’t Taught in School

Book: Spies, Sadists and Sorcerers by Dominic Selwood

A review of Dominic Selwood’s, ‘Spies, Sadists, and Sorcerers: The History you Weren’t Taught in School’

BOOK TOUR: On the Trail of the Yorks by Kristie Dean

Books: On the Trail of the Yorks by Kristie Dean

Today we’re hosting Kristie Dean’s “On the Trail of the Yorks” book tour, featuring Anne of Exeter.

BOOK REVIEW: Who is the Historian? by Nigel A. Raab

Book: Wh Is the Historian by Nigel A. Raab

Danièle Cybulskie, @5MinMedievalist, gives a review of Nigel A. Raab’s latest book, ‘Who is the Historian’.

Can You Solve These Medieval Riddles?

saint aldhelms riddles

Test yourself with these ten riddles from the seventh-century, part of Saint Aldhelm’s Riddles, translated by A.M. Juster and published by the University of Toronto Press.

Lost Battlefields of Wales, by Martin Hackett


In this book, Martin Hackett takes us on a journey through the military history of Wales, looking at the armies involved and the weapons they used.

Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville: A True Romance

Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville

Read an excerpt from Amy Licence’s new book on the 15th century royal couple.

Almost a Millennium, by Jeanbill

Almost a Millennium

Almost a Millennium, by Jeanbill, is an eclectic novel about the unlikely connection between an English monk and an American physician that lived nearly 1,000 years apart, one of today and one in the medieval period.

MEDIEVAL BOOKS: Hot New Releases – January!

Year of the Book

A look at a few new medieval book releases for January 2016!

My Top 5 Medieval Books of 2015

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2015 was a great year for books on, and 2016 promises to be better. Of all the books I read over the past twelve months, these five books were my favourite reads of 2015.

BOOK REVIEW: The Butcher Bird by SD Sykes

Books: The Butcher Bird by SD Sykes

My review of SD Sykes follow up to “Plague Land”, her latest book, “The Butcher Bird”.

BOOK REVIEW: The Lady Agnes Mystery – Volume I

Books: The Lady Agnes Mystery - Volume I by Andrea Japp

A review of the Lady Agnes Mystery by Parisienne author, Andrea Japp.

The Wars of the Roses, by John Ashdown-Hill

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John Ashdown-Hill gets right to the heart of this ‘thorny’ subject, dispelling the myths and bringing clarity to a topic often shrouded in confusion.

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