A compilation of essays from the English Historical Fiction Authors blog, this book provides a wealth of historical information from Roman Britain to early 20th-century England. Over 50 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. Listen to the history behind the fiction and discover the true tales surrounding England's castles, customs, and kings.
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This is a collected series of blogs from a wide variety of historical fiction writers. The topic: random things they discovered while doing research for their books. Topics include clothes, armor, weapons, customs, etiquette, meals, recipes, politics, scandals, personal tales, conjectures, leisure pursuits, social groups, traditions, nursery rhymes, crime and punishment... the list goes on and on. Largely the sections are broken up by era.
On the whole, this is a fascinating little book. I go into these things with the understanding that research by a writer is nowhere near the same level of research by an historian in most cases. It's sort of like looking through a telescope and claiming you're an astronomer. I've run across a couple in recent days that don't, so that was a red flag that was immediately on my mind. I got the sense that the writers here understand this distinction as well, because this whole book is basically "here's what I discovered, it's it cool, and here's the book I was working on where I applied it."
Being blog posts, the nature of this book is you get a lot of short entries, so for those looking for history in bite-size format, this book's for you.
So my thoughts? This has to be one of the best and most concise book about English history that I have ever had the pleasure to read and it was not boring like some history books can be. Told by the best authors out there, if you are a fan of British history like I am, then you absolutely have to have this book, in whatever format you want. I loved it! I look forward to the next one!
The most memorable moments for me was the essays on the Tudor era.
She has a voice that is easy on the ears.
No, no laughing or crying. It is history which can be pretty dry sometimes, but these essays are written in such a way that the book is totally enjoyable.
"Real value for money!"
This is a collection of blog posts/essays from the English Historical Fiction Authors website and, as a result, most people will find much to enjoy even if they don't have an interest in every aspect or period of British history.
For obvious reasons, I was interested particularly in the sections on Robin Hood but look at the running time - this audiobook lasts for more than a full day! You WILL find much here to entertain you, I'm sure. All the pieces are well written and the narrator is fantastic. Her reading is not too dry, which could be the case when reading about history, and her voice is pleasant and engaging.
If you enjoy non-fiction audiobooks and are interested in British history you'll get your money's worth here, even if (like me) you skip the odd section.
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