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A Christmas Present

A Christmas Present [Kindle Edition]

Judith Arnopp , Rachael Thomas , Brenda Old , Margaret Williams , Sue Moules , Helen Spring , Christine McEwen , Mary Middleton
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A collection of short stories and poems from the Cwrtnewydd Scribblers to celebrate Christmas.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3338 KB
  • Print Length: 74 pages
  • Publisher: Cledlyn Publications (29 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FJ4TY2W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,174 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I live on a smallholding in West Wales with my husband, John, and two of our grown-up children. We used to do the whole self sufficiency thing but the fox ate all the chickens, the slugs ate all the lettuce and ill health forced us to give up the battle. Now we care for our daughter's three elderly ponies and wrestle with our two very naughty Jack Russells.

My greatest loves have always been writing and history. Since I was very small I have had a book in one hand and a pen in the other. These days, I have progressed to this wonderful machine which allows me to write the sort of books I love to read. Historical settings with a good strong lead female.

One of the great tragedies of history is that monastic chroniclers didn't think women sufficiently important enough to give them space on the record. This has caused women to be under-represented and, in my opinion, also often incorrectly cateogorised. Of course, the male section of medieval society tried to suppress their women; it still happens today but that doesn't mean that every one of them bowed down to male authority.

There were women like Aethelflaed, who ruled Mercia for thirty four years, led armies against the vikings, refortified the Roman towns of Chester and Tamworth, founded Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Warwick and Stafford. Eleanor of Aquitaine who, among other things, ruled England on behalf of her son, King Richard the lionheart's behalf until he could come to claim his throne. Margaret of Anjou who fought unsuccessfully for her son's rights and Margaret Beaufort whose campaign to put her son, Henry vii, on the throne, was rather more successful. Mary Banks who, along with her daughters and a handful of servants, withstood a siege at Corfe castle on behalf of King Charles during the civil war.

These are just a few examples of women who 'displayed a courage far above their sex as to surprise and disconcert their men' and they are the type of women you will find in my novels.

you can find more information and exerpts from my novels on and also follow my blog on

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely little Christmas gift 4 Nov 2013
By Poppy
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Cwrtnewydd Scribblers are here again, and each year their anthology becomes more professional and more interesting. A lovely selection of pieces, ideal to dip into before dropping off to sleep...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Gift! 14 Dec 2013
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The Scribblers are very fine and serious writers of short stories and poetry. Judith Arnopp, Member of their group and Editor, writes novels that I follow, as well as very fine essays and blogs. I so appreciated this gift of the Scribblers.
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