Blog Tour!

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Starting tomorrow, I’m heading off on a virtual book tour to promote my book “Cesare Borgia: In A Nutshell”. I’m really excited to be heading to five superb websites where I’ll be talking about anything and everything Borgia, and I just want to say a massive thank you to the guys at MadeGlobal for organising this little tour.

Join me, starting tomorrow at http://www.aisr.au where I’ll be joining the lovely Dragos on my first stop!

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[Review] The Devil’s Chalice – D.K Wilson

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London goldsmith, Thomas Treviot, is sent by his patron, Archbishop Cranmer, to discover discreetly what connections West has with leading figures at court. But Thomas has problems of his own: his teenage son has gone off to Norwich to join rebels led by Robert Kett. Trying to find his son and please Cranmer, he is plunged into dangers from peasant mobs, London gangsters and political chicanery, not to mention an enemy wielding occult power…

Recently, at MadeGlobal’s “Meet The Authors” event, I had the honour of not only being sat on a table next to D.K Wilson, but also listening to him talk on one of the panels hosted at the evening. At that point, I hadn’t read any of Wilson’s books (much to my horror and disappointment) but after listening to this excellent historian speak, hearing the absolute excitement in his voice when he spoke about the past, I knew I had to pick up one of his books. And so I downloaded “The Devil’s Chalice” on my kindle the day it was released.

And I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

The Devil’s Chalice is the third book in D.K Wilson’s Thomas Treviot series, in which he tells the stories of unsolved Tudor crimes. It’s certainly an interesting idea and as you read the narrative you can really tell that Wilson has done a hell of a lot of research. Not only that, the story is fast paced – I couldn’t put the book down, wanting to know what would happen next. Not only do we see power struggle, intrigue and black magic, but we also see family struggles as well – Treviot has to deal with his son doing the typical teenage rebellion thing in this novel, something which will only lead to his son being in no end of danger.

This truly is a remarkable book with a wonderful narrative and excellent characterisation. I found myself almost falling in love with some of the characters – Treviot in particular! And at the same time I found myself hating others. That really is a sign of excellent characterisation.

If you like historical fiction, crime thrillers and stories that keep you turning the pages until its 4 in the morning, then this really is the book for you. A highly recommended read – I’ll be getting my hands on Wilson’s other works, for sure!

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We Will Remember Them

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With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh month, 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent. The First World War was over, the armistice signed. There was peace again. Since then, on the 11th November, we have stopped to think of those who lost their lives not only in the First World War but in previous conflicts as well as present conflicts.

Thank you to everyone who has served, to everyone who has lost their lives fighting for their countries. You’re all absolutely brilliant.

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Join Me For A Live Chat About Cesare Borgia – Tudor Society Open Day 28th Oct 2016

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This Friday, 28th October at 7pm, I’ll be over on the Tudor Society’s chat room to chat with you all about Cesare Borgia. I’m super excited to be involved in this, as Cesare (and the Renaissance) is a huge passion of mine which has links with the Tudors.

This is all part of the Tudor Society’s Open Day, an absolutely fantastic site which aims to bring together lovers of Tudor history as well as those who want to learn more about the era, in which you’ll be able to access content for the day normally reserved for members as well as chatting with various Tudor experts throughout the day.

I hope you guys will come along and join not only me, but some amazing historians, as we chat to you and discuss our specialist areas. All the information as well as timings for each chat is available here.

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Giveaway!

I’m giving away a copy of my book “Cesare Borgia: In A Nutshell” to one lucky winner over on my facebook page. All you have to do to be in with a change of winning is:

  1. Like the facebook page
  2. Comment on this post
  3. Share the post and spread the word!

I’ll be announcing the winner at 8.30pm GMT on Sunday 30th November.

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