Book: Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors
Author: Debra Brown
About the Book
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.
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.
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.
Hollick - author of Historical Fiction, Historical Adventure and UK
Indie Review Editor for the Historical Novel Society
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