Children at Sea: Lives Shaped by the Waves by Vyvyen Brendon

Children at Sea: Lives Shaped by the Waves by Vyvyen Brendon

I had five reasons for wanting to write this book.

1. The photograph shows me, my brother and my cousin beside the sea in Devon where I spent my childhood. Just across the bay is Budleigh Salterton, where Millais painted the picture I chose for my cover. The Boyhood of Raleigh shows Walter and his brother captivated by a sailor’s tales of maritime adventures.

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Author Guest Post: Ron Turnbull

Author Guest Post: Ron Turnbull

Since Pen & Sword kindly published my autobiography ‘From The Flying Squad To Investigating War Crimes’ in November 2019 I have been somewhat taken aback by the mostly very positive and complimentary remarks many readers have communicated to me plus the reviews I’ve received. Obviously some were old friends but others unknown to me. The process thus far has been humbling yet rewarding.

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Guest Post: Catherine Curzon – The Daughters of George III: Sisters and Princesses

Guest Post: Catherine Curzon – The Daughters of George III: Sisters and Princesses

My forthcoming book, The Daughters of George III: Sisters and Princesses, tells the sometimes turbulent stories of the six daughters of George III and his wife, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. From secret babies and forbidden romances to siding with Napoleon and raging at their domineering mother, their lives of Charlotte, Augusta, Elizabeth, Mary, Sophia, and Amelia were filled with drama. It’s my pleasure to introduce you to each of these remarkable women.

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Guest Post: Michael Ford – Hunting the Last Great Pirate

Guest Post: Michael Ford – Hunting the Last Great Pirate

A bit of background as to why I wrote the book

My maternal grandfather, Alexander Kinsey, was one of thirteen children born and raised in a large house in the leafy London suburb of Merton in the 1890s. Around that time, his father – my great grandfather – was a civil engineer by profession and accepted a post to advise on the expansion of the Port of Durban, South Africa. With his wife and brood of children they set sail for the lengthy sea voyage to Durban.

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Guest Post: Tim Heath: Hitler’s Housewives – German Women on the Home Front

Guest Post: Tim Heath: Hitler’s Housewives – German Women on the Home Front

Hitler’s Housewives-German Women on the Home Front is an intimate and provocative view into the lives of women in Third Reich Nazi Germany in the Second World War.

It is interesting to note that during Adolf Hitler’s 1932 election campaign over half those citizens who voted for Hitler were female. The reasons for this are quite distinct. It was Germany’s women who probably suffered most during the great instability of the post 1918 years. As the worldwide depression hit Germany husbands lost their jobs rival political groups brawled on the streets, the mortality rate among the young soared and it was nothing out of the normal for a family of six to lose four of its children to malnutrition and disease.

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Guest Post: Catherine Curzon – George I: Murder, Marriage and Mayhem

Guest Post: Catherine Curzon – George I: Murder, Marriage and Mayhem

In the hothouse world of continental royalty, arranged marriages were old news. They weren’t always love matches, but few ended as badly as that of George I. By the time his divorce was finalised, a man was dead, a woman was ruined and the woman who was almost queen of England was destined for a three decade prison sentence.

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