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Author Guest Post: Vyvyen Brendon

Jane Austen and Brothers at Sea

Jane Austen’s life and work often sprang into my mind while I was writing Children at Sea. I imagined the black violinist Joseph Emidy playing at occasions like the Mansfield Park or Netherfield balls; I pictured Midshipman Othnel Mawdesley setting off from a parsonage similar to Steventon, leaving behind two unmarried sisters resembling Jane and Cassandra; and I compared William and Charles Barlow’s naval feats with those of her fictional seamen and her own brothers. I even came to suspect that William Barlow crept into the last novel in the shape of a dissolute minor character.

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Author Video: Jan Slimming

We have a new festive video from Pen and Sword author, Jan Slimming. Enjoy!

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Blog Tour: Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia

Our final blog tour of 2020 has come to an end! We’ve loved seeing what bloggers thought of Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia by Samantha Morris. Here are some of the highlights.

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Author Guest Post: Jan Slimming

Merry Christmas : Here’s my Reindeer message!

Top Ten Things

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Author Guest Post: Darren Baker

Eleanor of Provence and the Founding of Parliament

There is no cornerstone or date when parliament was founded. It arose in early thirteenth-century England because Magna Carta imposed limits on the monarch’s authority. From then on, if the king or queen wanted money or men for war or whatever, they had to summon assemblies of barons and clergy and ask them for a tax.

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Author Guest Post: Samantha Morris

Murder Most Foul

The Dastardly Murder of Alfonso d’Aragona

Lucrezia Borgia, daughter of Pope Alexander VI, married her second husband in 1498 following a rather public and humiliating divorce from her first husband, Giovanni Sforza. There had been no love lost between Lucrezia and Sforza so when a marriage was arranged for her with the illegitimate son of King Alfonso II of Naples, it was expected to be a marriage of politics and little else. Yet Lucrezia Borgia and Alfonso d’Aragona surprised everyone and, following their wedding in 1498, fell head over heels in love with one another.

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Author Guest Post: Rosalind Anderson

Meet the Murrays

The Family Behind the Jacobite Rising of 1715

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Author Guest Post: Tony Sullivan

Was King Arthur real? Looking at fact vs. fiction in evidence

The figure of Arthur has fascinated people and evolved over hundreds of years. What is perhaps less well known is many of the themes we associate with Arthur were added around six centuries after he allegedly lived. Additionally there are differing views between most academics and amateur historians. A myriad of different theories place Arthur in every corner of Britain and Europe across several centuries. Whilst historians generally take the view he was either a mythical character or there may have been a figure in the fifth or sixth centuries but there is insufficient evidence.

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Author Guest Post: Michelle Rosenberg

Who was Annie Smith Peck?

Top 10 Facts You Didn’t Know about the 19th Century Suffragette and Mountaineer

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Author Guest Post: Tim Heath

The Birth of Extremism

Creating Hitler’s Germany

This book was one I wrote specifically to try and understand what led Germany to be ultimately responsible for two of the greatest tragedies of the 20th Century, the First and Second World Wars. One could argue that the Second World War was merely an extension of the first, yet the events leading to both were entirely different in circumstance.

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