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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors (Volume 2)

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Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors (Volume 2) 
Publication Date: September 30, 2015
Madison Street Publishing
Hardcover, Paperback, eBook;
598 Pages
Genre: History

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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 queens and courtiers, from Stuart royals and rebels to Regency soldiers and social calls, experience the panorama of Britain’s yesteryear. Explore the history behind the fiction, and discover the true tales surrounding Britain's castles, customs, and kings. Visit the English Historical Fiction Authors blog & Facebook page.

"Thoroughly enjoyable and diverse...leisure reading for any history fan." - Elizabeth Chadwick, on Castles, Customs, and Kings (Volume 1)
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 fears to rest! This book is engaging, interesting and totally worth your time,

Five things I loved about this book:

1. This book is told by each historical era so you don't have to read to this book cover to cover. If you only want to read about Henry the Eighths era you can turn to it and skip the first part of the book entirely.
2. "Castles, Custom's, and Kings was compiled by the English Historical Fiction Authors group. This group decided to take some of the various articles and essays written by authors and compile them in one collective book. To me this group has saved the history of all these stories from long ago. If not for groups like this one, we'd never know what happened long ago.
3. This is NOT a boring history book! Once you pick it up you'll see the magic I saw in this gem of a history retelling.
4. This book starts at medieval law and literature, and goes all the way to the true telling's of  the Tudor queens and courtiers.
5 Each of the authors of this book contribute a completely different piece of historical literature to this book. All the authors told their tales well and I was never wondering about something that they might have missed. All the stories of the individual periods were told with authority and interest.

Hopefully if you are a history buff or entranced by historical fiction like me, I have given you at least one reason to pick this book up. Enjoy.
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