Category Archives: Historical fiction

The Book of Negroes:

Daughter Marjorie read Lawrence Hill’s Book of Negroes and said it would probably be her Book of the Year, even though we are still in March. And yes, I think it is that good. It covers the story of a single African … Continue reading

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Rest not in peace: 14th century murder

I walk where Hugh Singleton walked on the streets of Oxford and the castle, where he journeyed frequently as bailiff for the manor of Bampton and as 14th century detective, most recently in Rest Not In Peace. I have worn … Continue reading

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Death of a Tyrant

What did Henry VIII die of? After reading and watching Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, both by Hilary Mantel, this book, The Last of Days, by Paul Doherty, caught my eye. Did Henry die in bed  after sending so … Continue reading

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The Invention of Wings

My church in California had a relationship with a church in Chiapas in southern Mexico.  The church was thriving. Medical teams from the US visit there. Kids are being fed and educated. Some had got as far as college and … Continue reading

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Year of Wonders: 1666

The year 1666 in England, a plague year. Year of Wonders, by Geraldine Brooks, describes a village, Eyam, which voluntarily quarantined itself to avoid further spread when the plague arrived there, probably in cloth bought from London. Plague -the Black Death- … Continue reading

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Kenilworth

I read Walter Scott’s Kenilworth this weekend. My sister, daughter and grandson were all doing their Plantagenet show there. My first ever school trip, at the age of eight or so, was to Kenilworth, though I had no real idea … Continue reading

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FitzEmpress’ Law

Three homeless teenagers break in to an old lady’s cottage, terrorize her and leave on a stolen motorbike. “You know no law…..,” she curses them. A few miles on, they crash, and are catapulted into the 12th century. It is … Continue reading

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