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Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors

Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors [Kindle Edition]

English Historical Fiction Authors , Debra Brown , M.M. Bennetts
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A compilation of essays from the English Historical Fiction Authors blog, this book provides a wealth of historical information from Roman Britain to early twentieth century England. Over fifty different authors share hundreds of real life stories and tantalizing tidbits discovered while doing research for their own historical novels.

From Queen Boadicea’s revolt to Tudor ladies-in-waiting, from Regency dining and dress to Victorian crime and technology, immerse yourself in the lore of Great Britain. Read the history behind the fiction and discover the true tales surrounding England’s castles, customs, and kings.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4527 KB
  • Print Length: 546 pages
  • Publisher: Madison Street Publishing (19 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FCEJ10Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #261,367 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Helen Hollick VINE VOICE
Behind every good historical novel is a ream of in-depth research. The characters and the plot are important, but blatant errors of fact can ruin the enjoyment of a fictional adventure. Most modern Historical Fiction authors take great care to delve into the reality of the period they intend to write about, often down to the minutest detail. This book is a splendid source of interesting information gleaned to serve as a solid foundation to some very good novels. Castles, Customs and Kings is a compilation of easy to read essays written by a variety of enthusiastic authors - some indie, some mainstream - all of whom possess a keenness to unravel the facts from the fiction. From Roman Britain to the Twentieth Century, the articles are superbly laid out in chronological order - you can dip in and out as you please, or read from article to article; either way, when you eventually put the book down you'll have discovered something new while being thoroughly entertained. This is an "I didn't know that" book, guaranteed to inspire and intrigue; you'll find yourself absorbed in the fountain of knowledge penned by wordsmiths who have a passion for the past.

(This book was a pre-published proof edition sent to me for review.
Helen Hollick is an author of Historical Fiction, Historical Adventure and UK Indie Review Editor for the Historical Novel Society )
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Gold 26 Sep 2013
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This is a book of essays by primarily Historical Fiction writers. I have been reading historical fiction for decades and quite a lot of the contributors for years. However, some are new to me. Note to self: make time for more reading.

I have been following a blog for awhile now: English Historical Fiction Authors Blog. Someone came up with utterly brilliant job of collating articles, essays, and blog posts into print. When I first heard about it, I thought it was brilliant. However, I was unprepared for the book itself. First of all, it is quite large (I now own a print and Kindle version. I'm old. ebooks are easier on my wrists.). It's beautifully and professionally produced and is an absolute treasure trove of information.

If you read history or historical fiction, write, or merely dabble at both, you'll want this book! Not only are the essays so very interesting but there is quite a lot of information about the authors themselves (websites, booklists). I highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant canter through British history 10 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Castles, Customs and Kings is not a book to be read from cover-to-cover: the paper version comes in at about 500 pages. In any case, it's an anthology, rather than a single narrative. An impressive array of historical novelists have each contributed a short chapter on some aspect of British history that interests them. Obviously, most have chosen to write about the eras that they cover in their novels and a certain amount of more or less blatant plugging rears its ugly head.

As with all anthologies, there are significant differences in quality and style between the different chapters. However, the editors have done a good job of making sure that all of them pass muster. There are some contradictions between different authors discussing the same period. However, history is not an exact science, and I appreciated seeing the way in which different commentators came to different conclusions. Some chapters carried more authority than others and this is reflected in the fact that some produce bibliographic references and others do not.

I was surprised at the distinctly 'old-fashioned' feel of much of it. It reminded me of history is that I read as a child - books which were quaintly out of date even then. This is history as Michael Gove would have it. There is some social history, but generally the writers concentrate on battles and Kings and the doings of the rich and famous. I found the approach charming and reassuring. In the end, most people are more interested in the steps of the dances in the Regency period than they are in the detail of a skivvy's timetable. As an author who is unashamedly old-fashioned in my approach to historical writing, I rather enjoyed it.
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