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Royal Mysteries: The Medieval Period (Hardback)

British History Medieval History True Crime P&S History Medieval Royal History

By Timothy Venning
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 248
ISBN: 9781526780515
Published: 21st September 2021

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Royal murder mysteries never fail to intrigue readers and TV viewers. Here are some of the most haunting and even horrific episodes from the middle ages, based on latest historical research and historiography, and authentic and rare sources, including archaeology and DNA evidence, uncovering wonderful tales of pathos, tragedy, suffering and romance. This is history for specialists and general readers - and sceptics - given the intense media coverage, including TV, and interest in exciting and accessible popular history. The famous and also less well-known mysteries, which may be new to readers, surrounding British Royalty, are included from around the 11th to the 15th centuries.

The murder mysteries show personal and individual tragedy but are also a vehicle for historical analysis. William II - William Rufus - was he murdered or killed accidentally by a 'stray arrow', allowing brother Henry to seize the throne, or was it God's punishment for William's irreligious living and persecution of the church? Or was Edward II murdered at the instigation of Queen Isabella - 'she-wolf of France' - and her lover, Roger Mortimer. who assumed the throne? Did he survive to live peaceably in Italy? Richard II resembled Edward II, as a rather inadequate figure, and was deposed by his rival, Henry IV. Did he die, and if so, was it murder or suicide? Was Edward IV a bigamist? Mystery, if not murder, but wrapped in dynastic rivalry and sex scandal, and usurpation of the throne. The 'Princes in the Tower' and who who killed them if anyone? A beguiling mystery for over 500 years with their usurping uncle Richard III's guilt contested by 'Ricardians'.

An informative and well researched book containing details which makes one think about medieval times. This was an enjoyable read that I'd recommend for anyone interested in Medieval History.

NetGalley, Jay Freer

It is a great book, I can’t recommend it enough.

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I love a good mystery! The older - the better! There are some humdingers that are hiding within the pages of history, and while we can sniff out a good one while reading a book - there is something about having an amazing book of some of the bigger mysteries of the medieval period.
This book takes you through several of the mysterious happenings of England - was it murder or suicide? Did someone really kill the princes in the tower, or were they spirited away for their protection?

Dive into the Royal Mysteries: Medieval Period, and see what you can discover. There might be a few surprises waiting for you in the pages of this book! Grab your fave beverage and settle down for a night of mysterious happenings, royal deaths, and a whole lot of who dun it, and persons of interest! You will not be disappointed!

NetGalley, Rebecca Hill

A well-researched book that goes into great detail... It would be very useful for anyone writing books set in those times, or who wants to learn more about that period. Recommend.

NetGalley, Helen Pryke

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A well researched book in graphic detail which makes you think about what was really going on in medieval times. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in history from this time.

NetGalley, Lional Jones

It was incredibly informative though and definitely a recommended read for all of those interested in royalty during the medieval period. There’s so much to learn from this book!

NetGalley, Nicola Wilton

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Wow what a book!... Recommend you buy this book!

NetGalley, Michelle Coates

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

There is absolutely no doubt that this author knows the medieval time period, royalty, and nobility inside out... I definitely recommend this book for those interested in medieval royalty.

NetGalley, Sheila Paul

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

An in depth look at some of the most famous Medieval mysteries.
The book analyses them in depth, and tries to sort out the unfounded rumours and 'fake news' from the plausible ones.
Timothy Venning has done an amazing job in researching this fascinating book, and attempting to provide an independent point of view.

NetGalley, Emma Potter
 Timothy Venning

About Timothy Venning

Timothy Venning obtained his BA and PhD from King's College, University of London, specialising in Cromwell's foreign policy and is a gifted historian, deep and critical researcher and attractive writer with a wide range of historical interests. He can slip easily from and effectively into early history, the middle ages, the early modern period including Britain and Europe. He combines academic rigour with accessibility for general readers and specialists. Publications include: Dictionary of National Biography (OUP - contributions); Cromwellian Foreign Policy (Palgrave); A Compendium of British Office-Holders (Palgarve); A Chronology of Byzantine Empire (Palgrave); A Chronology of the Roman Empire (Continuum); A Chronology of the Crusades (Routledge); A Chronology of Early Medieval Britain and Europe Ad 450-1066 (Routledge; Anglo-Saxon Kings and Queens; The Kings and Queens of Wales; The Kings and Queens of Scotland; Lords of the Isles: Rulers of the Highlands, Hebrides, and Man; King-Makers: Lords of the Welsh Marches (Amberley); If Rome Had Survived; An Alternative History of Britain; The Anglo-Saxon Age; The Hundred Years War; Norman and Plantagenets; The Tudors; The English Civil War (all Pen and Sword); plus 8 titles forthcoming including academic titles: Cromwell's Failed State and the Monarchy; The Fall of the British Republic and the Return of the King: From Cromwell's Commonwealth to Stuart Monarchy, 1657-1670: plus more Royal Mysteries as above and the pipeline. (All Pen and Sword).

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