New for the weekends
Have you got an interesting article
or maybe a book announcement,
or some exciting news about your writing
that you posted on your personal blog?
Want to share the link to it
here, on our
Browsing The Blogs spot?Rules:
- I will share a maximum of four posts per weekend (not including the 15th of the month if it falls on a weekend)
- must be historical related (e.g historical fiction, historical article etc)
- what you send I'll post - I'll not go searching for anything
- please share these weekend 'advert' pages where and when you can on social media
- your [author] name
- the URL link you want me to post
- an image to go with it (Jpeg or gif)
- a short snippet of what the article (or whatever) is about (i.e the first paragraph from your article)
- If you are an author: ONE book cover image (or a compilation image of all your books)
BROWSING THE BLOGS
February 2nd - 3rd 2019
Alison Morton: Where DID those Roma Nova titles come from?
Choosing book titles is like being prodded by Pluto in the underworld with a red hot trident for eternity. One commenter on social media said: “They sound great, but I can’t help but cringe at the titles. Not quite Latin. I suppose that’s probably the point, but ouch. Intriguing, though.“
I admit, I thought ‘ouch’ back, but also smiled to myself. Perhaps she hadn’t looked them up on one of the excellent online dictionaries such as Perseus (Tufts University), LatDict, Notre Dame University or a good paper Latin dictionary (OLD or Collins).
So I’m taking the opportunity of changing the covers to spiffy new ones to go into the gory detail. You have been warned… READ MORE >
Anna Belfrage : The ultimate sacrifice – of a man, his honour and his son
Remember my recent post about Fernando IV? I began by describing just how tumultuous the reign of his father was, Sancho IV being plagued by one rebellion after the other. Why? Because very many felt Sancho had usurped the throne, thereby setting aside the rights of his little nephew, Alfonso de la Cerda. I bet quite a few of those rebelling against Sancho also thought life would be much easier in a country nominally controlled by an untried youth than it was under Sancho’s capable, if somewhat hard-handed, rule. READ MORE >
Annie Whitehead : 1066 - The Mercian Angle
In 1066, when Edward the Confessor died, Harold Godwineson was declared king. Yet he felt the need to ride north to secure the pledges of the northern nobles, and thought it prudent to forsake his long-term partner and marry the sister of two powerful northern earls. Why?
Helen Hollick : Watching The Wall ... no not that one...
Five and twenty ponies,
Trotting through the dark –
Brandy for the Parson, ’Baccy for the Clerk.
Laces for a lady; letters for a spy,
Watch the wall my darling while the Gentlemen go by!
‘Gentlemen’? Were smugglers really gentlemen?
Smuggling. The very word conjures an image of a quiet moonlit night, a tall ship rocking gently at anchor out in a slightly wind-ruffled bay and men wearing three-cornered hats making their swift, but silent, way along remote West Country lanes that zigzag between high banks and thick, foxglove and cow-parsley-strewn hedgerows. The men are leading a string of pack ponies tied nose-to-tail, their hooves muffled by rough sacking. On the ponies’ backs are casks of brandy or kegs of tobacco… But is that how smuggling really happened?