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

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An anthology of essays from the second year of the English Historical Fiction Authors blog, this book transports the reader across the centuries from prehistoric to twentieth century Britain. Nearly fifty different authors share the stories, incidents, and insights discovered while doing research for their own historical novels.

From medieval law and literature to Tudor que
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Paperback, 598 pages
Published September 23rd 2015 by Madison Street Publishing
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Leslie
This is the second book in the series but you needn't read the first (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...) before this one. These are stand alone collections from the English Historical Fiction Authors [ http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot...]

If you love English History but hate boring history books this is a great way to learn without being overburdened with boring.
Deborah Pickstone
Good overview book but the essays are too short and don't go into enough detail for me. There was one very fascinating story about Thomas Cranmer's greatest achievement being the writing of the liturgy for the Church of England that is still used today - as it was put - Mary Tudor won the battle but Thomas Cranmer definitely won the war in that regard!
Erin Al-Mehairi
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Several years ago, the English Historical Fiction Authors group decided to take some of the various articles and essays written by authors and compile them in one collective book called Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales from English Historical Fiction Authors. I thought that was a marvelous idea, as many of these blogs and essays and articles get lost in cyber space, and yet, are full of research and tidbits that are interesting and useful! Debra Brown and the now late M.M. Bennetts did a ...more
Kathleen Kelly
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Castles, Customs and Kings Volume 2 Have you ever wanted to know more about British history but you don't want to read a dry boring history book with data that you will never remember? Yes, me too. I love reading about British history, Tudor era especially. Castles, Customs and Kings Volume 2 is perfect, not only does it follow the first volume in that it kind of continues or actually contributes more to the reader. I have read both of the volumes now and equally impressed. The articles come fro ...more
Annette
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Summary:
An anthology of essays from the second year of the English Historical Fiction Authors blog, this book transports the reader across the centuries from prehistoric to twentieth century Britain. Nearly fifty different authors share the stories, incidents, and insights discovered while doing research for their own historical novels.
From medieval law and literature to Tudor queens and courtiers, from Stuart royals and rebels to Regency soldiers and social calls, experience the panorama of Br
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Audra (Unabridged Chick)
This beefy volume of articles about British history, ranging from pre-Roman to 20th century, is drawn from the fabulous English Historical Fiction Authors blog.

I love books that come from blogs. At first blush, it seems counter-intuitive, buying a book with content from a free blog, but this volume proves how awesome the idea is.

At close to 600 pages, this book anthologizes a whole year's content from nearly fifty authors, compiling their intriguing blog posts in chronological order. It's a welc
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Debbie
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have always enjoyed history, even when I was in school, history was one of my favorite subjects. However, I honestly never thought I'd open a book of over 500 pages and devour it in a few days.

Not to mention the fact that this book is a compilation of British history broken up by period and each chapter gives a historical synopsis of each era. Even if you are a history buff like me, you might be put off by this book because it might appear to be like a social studies book. But let me put your
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Jules
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a BIG book! A BIG book of fascinating historical goodness. I have to admit that I have not finished this giant masterpiece. I'm taking my time, reading an essay or article at a time - and thoroughly enjoying myself. 

The amount of research these fantastic authors do always impresses the heck out of me. I am really finding it interesting the many things they come up with that don't end up making it to the actual stories they're writing. The way this book is compiled makes it easy to stop a
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Clarissa
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure how I’d enjoy this one…but I was in good hands with numerous historical fiction authors whom I’m already familiar with; Stephanie Cowell, Nancy Bilyeau, Patricia Bracewell, Deborah Swift and many others. If you’re afraid that this is going to sound like a long academic read, put your worries aside! This is nothing like that. Each author included is a renowned historical fiction author and is not one to write a long, dull tome. My own doubts were silly and once I began to read, I fo ...more
Christy
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have by no means finished reading this book as it is quite hefty; but I did want to give a quick shout out. I won this on a goodreads giveaway and have enjoyed reading it. It's very easily laid-out which I appreciated; the topics are one to two pages long; so I read a little each night on the different topics. It's a substantial read and great for referencing and gaining a little knowledge of a particular time in Medieval history; but I'm not sure I would enjoy it as far as just sitting down a ...more
Hunter Jones
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this!
Jule
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Extremely well researched and the variety of contributors gave greater interest to a long book.
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