Sisters of Arden – Judith Arnopp [Extract]

I’ve been seeing Judiths posts on Twitter for sometime, and finally got around to emailing her! I was overjoyed when she agreed to send something in, and I am certainly not disappointed. After reading this, I was instantly reminded of Ken Folletts World Without End. That is one of my favourite books, so I am very interested in reading Sisters of Arden! If you’re interested in more of Judiths books, click here A bit about Judith, When Judith Arnopp began to write professionally there was no question as to which genre to choose. A lifelong history enthusiast and avid reader, Judith holds an honours degree in English and Creative writing, and a Masters in Medieval Studies, both from the University of Wales, Lampeter. Judith writes both fiction and non-fiction, working full-time from her home overlooking Cardigan Bay in Wales where she crafts novels based in the Medieval and Tudor period. Her main focus is on the perspective of historical women

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The Bradgate Heiress – Derek Ansell Part 2 [Chapter]

The week is over, we have celebrated ringing in the new year, and have already started (or stopped) our New Years resolutions! Now we get to relax and read the second part of Dereks submission, and for the first time, we get to see Jane! … ‘You may go.’ She departs hastily and I am left reflecting that she usually addresses me as ‘mother’ rather than ‘madam’ but she will come around in time and she already knows that I mean business. I must, however, tread carefully with her. Fully aware as I am of the trauma of her early years as a small child, having her half sister Mary assigned to wait on her like a servant when she was barely two years old and later, after the violent death of her mother, being declared illegitimate and then being shuttled around the country hither and thither, rarely settling long enough to call anywhere home. It is hardly the sort

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The Bradgate Heiress – Derek Ansell Part 1 [Chapter]

Recently I feel like I’ve been reading about Jane Grey more and more, so I thought it was strange when Derek Ansell emailed me! Its as if he knew, haha! He has graciously submitted the first chapter of his novel The Bradgate Heiress, and is also this weeks featured author! The beginning of this book starts off from a point of view I never considered when it comes to Jane, Katherine Parrs! Very intriguing! A note from the author, I think my idea initially was to present a young woman who was strong willed, a good scholar and very pious who was very badly used and groomed by ambitious, aristocratic men  to serve their own ends. I do think it resonates sadly with much that has gone on in recent times and indicates that little has changed. I have tried to present her much as  she would have been, given the time and places and kept to historical facts except

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Forgotten Tudor Women – Sylvia Barbara Soberton Pt 2 [Chapter]

My apologies for this post being a little bit late! I have been so busy recently, I totally forgot about it! I really need to integrate this into my schedule! Anyway, onto the point of this post! Here is the second part of Forgotten Tudor Women! If you haven’t read part 1 (which I highly recommend you do, before reading this post), CLICK HERE … Forgotten Tudor Women Lady in Waiting pt 2 In private, Wolsey attributed his fall from grace to that “serpentine enemy about the King”. He meant, of course, Anne Boleyn, whom he had also dubbed “the Night Crow”, referring, perhaps, to her dark colouring. At the same time, however, the politically savvy cardinal was well aware that only Anne Boleyn was able to restore him to his former glory. Wolsey employed the help of his pupil Thomas Cromwell, the rising star of Henry VIII’s court, who laboured on behalf of the disgraced cardinal. In one of his

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Forgotten Tudor Women by Sylvia Barbara Soberton [Chapter] Part 1

Its the beginning of the week, and this week we have a new featured author! This week I’m happy to announce it is Sylvia Barbara Soberton! She has sent in the first chapter of her book, Forgotten Tudor Women. Below I have posted the first half of it, the next will be Friday! This is a fantastic overview of Tudor England, so if you have friends looking to get into learning about it, this is a fantastic starting point! *Very tired posting this, and had some formatting issues, so if anyone happens to see something, please let me know 🙂 … Forgotten Tudor Women Chapter 1: Lady-in-waiting The court was the place to be for any noblewoman who wished to carve out a successful career in royal service and find an eligible husband. Anne Stanhope, born in 1510 to Sir Edward Stanhope and Elizabeth Bourchier, joined the household of Henry VIII’s first wife, Katharine of Aragon, at some point after

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