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2014 Medieval Year in Review: Books

Dan Jones Wars of the Roses

2014 was another great year for Medieval books, both non-fiction and historical fiction. Kngihts, Kings, Vikings and of course the Plantagenets! We were honored to talk to several best selling authors this year. One of my all time favorite hisotrical fiction authors and an relative newcomer to the non-fiction world. In September best selling author…

New research suggests King Richard III was a blue eyed, blonde

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The bones of the king under the car park have delivered further shocks, 527 years after his death and more than two years after his remains were discovered in Leicester: Richard III was a blue-eyed blond, and the present Queen may not be descended from John of Gaunt and Edward III, the lineage on which…

Helen Castor’s ‘She-Wolves’ taste power in medieval England

Helen Castor’s very readable “She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth” is, she writes, “the kind of book I loved to read before history became my profession as well as my pleasure.” It’s full of beautiful, imperiled ladies; fearless knights; and remarkable, often unbelievable turns of fortune. Pause a moment if you feel this…

She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor

Medieval history is a fashionable but challenging period: the sources are often flimsy and obscure, yet modern readers have a craving for detail that is often absent from the prissy monkish chronicles of the time. The great challenge is to present the period’s subtle complexities without sacrificing historical authenticity. She-Wolves is a history of a…

The manor which dates back to the Norman era

Cambridgeshire is the home of one of the oldest continuously inhabited houses in England. The Manor at Hemingford Grey was begun by the Normans in 1130 and parts of the house have changed little since then. The thick stone walls mean truly freezing winter conditions, according to its current owner, Diana Boston. “I sleep in…