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 the first English word 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.
Paperback, 498 pages
Published September 23rd 2013 by Madison Street Publishing
|audio - 25 hrs and 40 mins
Thank you to Debra Brown for providing an audio copy of this book, both for interest and review. It's no secret that I am a big fan of audio books, though usually fiction, this is my first nonfiction audio. Castles, Customs and Kings isn't a short audio coming in at almost 26 hours, but in no way did it drag or become boring. With each chapter, written by various HF authors my attention was kept throughout.
Being a big fan of historical fiction I was anxious to read this and am happy to that I was not disappointed in the least. Going through time chronologically this book had me entertained and inhaling a vast amount of English history. I was treated to stories about things I was a little familiar with, other times learning parts of history foreign to me.
It was evident that each of the authors participating in this writing, had done a large of research as was displayed with the various chapters. I could feel the authors enjoyment of their subject matter, it felt like they wanted to make sure the reader enjoyed it also. The chapters were not long or drawn out but written with concise and meaningful text.
The book ends with a list of each author and small biography, which I appreciated. Some authors I am familiar with and can say my tbr pile has grown with new ones. If you are a fan of HF then this book is for you.
Be sure to check out the blog English Historical Fiction Authors
by Debra Brown , M.M. Bennetts , Maggi Andersen, Judith Arnopp, Katherine Ashe Elizabeth Ashworth, Gillian Bagwell, Jenny Barden, Prue Batten, J.A. Beard, Nancy Bilyeau, Lucinda Brant , Sandra Byrd, Susanna Calkins, John B. Campbell, Linda Collison, Stephanie Cowell, Anita Seymour Davison, Richard Denning, Barbara Gaskell Denvil, Grace Elliot, Christy English, Lauren Gilbert, Maria Grace, Marie Higgins, Gary Inbinder, Sherry Jones, Philippa Jane Keyworth, Barbara Kyle, Diane Scott Lewis, Paula Lofting, Rosanne E. Lortz, Wanda Luce, Carol McGrath, Anne O'Brien, Katherine Pym, Tim Queeney, Mike Rendell, Arthur Russell , Mary Lydon Simonsen, Margaret Skea , Peter St. John, Deborah Swift, Sam Thomas, Tim Vicary, Brian Wainwright, Karen V. Wasylowski, D.W. Wilkin, Ruth Golding