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Guest Post: David Charlwood

Author draws comparison between modern day politicians and Churchill and Eden

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Blog Tour – Ladies of Magna Carta

We’re very excited to launch the Ladies of Magna Carta blog tour with a guest post from Sharon Bennett Connolly. We hope you enjoy following the tour!

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Guest Post: Bruce Hales-Dutton


Who was the first to fly aeroplane in Britain? Was it a) Samuel Franklin Cody, b) Alliott Verdon Roe or c) John Moore-Brabazon?

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Guest Post: Anthony Sullivan – Britain’s War Against the Slave Trade

A Brief History of the Suppression Campaign

As detailed in my new book, Britain’s War Against the Slave Trade, during the course of its sixty year existence the Royal Navy’s West Africa Squadron seized approximately 1,600 slave ships and freed an estimated 150,000 Africans. Costing almost £40 million (£2 billion in today’s money) and the lives of around 2,000 seamen, below is a brief history of Britain’s lengthy but ultimately successful suppression campaign.

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Guest Post: Violet Fenn


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Meet the author: Richard Ballard

Today on the blog we have an exclusive interview with Richard Ballard. Richard’s new book England, France and Aquitaine is out now.

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Author Q&A: Kirsten Claiden-Yardley

We recently invited Facebook users to send in questions they would love Kirsten Claiden-Yardley to answer about Thomas Howard. Read on as Kirsten provides some fascinating answers!

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Guest Post: John Paul Davis – Escapes from the Tower of London: Sir John Oldcastle, the man behind the ‘staff

Of all the unfortunate souls destined to suffer inside the Tower of London, there is none stranger than a man whose story commenced around the year 1409. Famed since the late 16th-century as the inspiration for William Shakespeare’s Falstaff, the historical Sir John Oldcastle, in truth, had little in common with the comical character. A mild-mannered, hardworking and courageous knight, Oldcastle’s life was destined not for comedy but tragedy.

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Bringing ‘Dark Ages’ Women into the Light – Annie Whitehead

The subject of my first novel, Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians, daughter of Alfred the Great, was someone whose life was somewhat of a paradox. She ruled as a queen but wasn’t given the title. She clearly led a remarkable life but wasn’t much remarked upon. Her story was crying out to be told, yet it was surprising to discover that – and to the best of my knowledge this still holds true – no one else had told that story in the form of a novel.

My subsequent novels featured equally interesting female characters, including Ælfthryth, the woman who is often cited as being the first crowned consort of an English king, and who went on to find herself accused of witchcraft and regicide.

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Author Guest Post: Adrian Searle

Ménage à trois? Nothing was ever too much for the infamous Sophie Dawes

Most definitions of the French term ménage à trois – literally in English meaning ‘a household of three’ – rightly suggest that in modern parlance it usually refers to a one-off sexual liaison, a threesome, rather than to any formal domestic arrangement. Two hundred years ago It was the other way round for Sophie Dawes. She was part of a highly convenient domestic set-up with no suggestion of a three-way sexual liaison.

But there was a twist!

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