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[Review] The Ismaili Assassins: A History of Medieval Murder by James Waterson

The Ismaili Assassins were an underground group of political killers who were ready to kill Christians and Muslims alike with complete disregard for their own lives. These devoted murderers were under the powerful control of a grand master who used … Continue reading

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IT’S TIME FOR A TALK – Winchester Heritage Open Days 2019 – Incest, Intrigue & Murder: Were the Borgias Really That Bad?

I am SUPER pleased to announce that I’ll be joining the fabulous team at Winchester Heritage Open Days and giving a talk for them! Information below (and on the events page) Date: September 21st 2019 Time: 11.30am-12.30pm Location: Hampshire Records … Continue reading

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[Review] Margaret Tudor: The Life of Henry VIII’s Sister by Melanie Clegg

When the thirteen year old Margaret Tudor, eldest daughter of Henry VII and his wife Elizabeth of York, married King James IV of Scotland in a magnificent proxy ceremony held at Richmond Palace in January 1503, no one could have … Continue reading

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On This Day – 24th June 1519 – Death of Lucrezia Borgia {500th Anniversary}

Five hundred years ago to the day – on 24th June 1519 – the infamous Lucrezia Borgia died in Ferrara. Lucrezia Borgia has long been assumed to be a villainess of the worst kind – accused of incest, murder and … Continue reading

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[Review] Pirates and Privateers in the 18th Century: The Final Flourish by Mike Rendell

Pirates and Privateers tells the fascinating story of the buccaneers who were the scourge of merchants in the 18th Century. It examines their lifestyle, looking at how the sinking of the Spanish treasure fleet in a storm off the coast … Continue reading

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