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Of Judgement Fallen, by Steven Veerapen

Of Judgement Fallen, by Steven Veerapen

In Steven Veerapen’s second Anthony Blanke mystery, we re-enter the murky world of plotting and foul play surrounding the court of Henry VIII.
Michael Ward

Our hapless hero, son of the king’s late black trumpeter John Blanke, is once again pressed into service as a spy by Cardinal Wolsey, the second most powerful figure in the land. Wolsey is pre-occupied with preparations for the forthcoming opening of Parliament at...

The Other Renaissance

The Other Renaissance

The renaissance of Bruges in Flanders was felt in France, the German states, England, and even in Italy.

It is generally accepted that the European Renaissance began in Italy. However, as this developed south of the Alps a historical transformation of similar magnitude began taking place in northern Europe. This ‘Other Renaissance’ was initially centred on the city of...

Great & Horrible News, by Blessin Adams

Great & Horrible News, by Blessin Adams

Brutal, bloody killings are enacted in all their heart-stopping, gory glory in this compulsively readable title.

As a former policewoman, Blessin Adams is well aware of the human cost of murder. In Great and Horrible News, this moving nonfiction study, she investigates the crimes that shook Tudor and Stuart England. In doing so, she approaches her cases forensically: and what a...

Books of 2023 From Aspects of History

Books of 2023 From Aspects of History

Our authors and contributors recommend books they've enjoyed this year

Books of 2023 from Aspects of HistoryAlan Bardos Author of The Dardanelles ConspiracyMy book of the year is SAS Forged in Hell. The next instalment of Damien Lewis’ WW II odyssey with the men of 1 SAS, as they become the ‘tip of the spear’ in the invasion of Sicily...

Who Were the Huguenots?

Who Were the Huguenots?

The Huguenots, many of whom were expelled from France, enriched the countries they migrated to.
Rosemary Hayes

It is estimated that one in six people in England have Huguenot ancestry.  Yet the Huguenots (Protestants who were largely artisans and professionals) integrated so seamlessly into their adopted countries that, generations on, it is easy to forget the circumstances...

2023 Summer Reads from Aspects of History

2023 Summer Reads from Aspects of History

Our authors and contributors recommend books to take on summer holidays.

Summer Reads from Aspects of HistoryAlan Bardos Author of The Dardanelles ConspiracyQueen High by CJ Carey is the sequel to Widow Land and a counter factual/dystopian novel; in a similar vein to 1984, Fatherland and Brave New World. It is set in a 1950s Britain that...

Peter Tonkin on Shadow of Treason

Peter Tonkin on Shadow of Treason

The bestselling author talked to us about his latest novel set in the world of Tudor espionage.

Peter Tonkin, can you first tell us about your latest Poley novel - and who Poley is? Robert Poley (who appears on the historical record between 1568 and 1602) is one of the three men in the room with Christopher Marlowe on the evening of Wednesday, 30th May 1593 when...

Shadow of Treason, by Peter Tonkin

Shadow of Treason, by Peter Tonkin

The latest in the Queen Intelligencer series from the author of The Trojan Murders
Natalie Morgan

Shadow of Treason, the latest addition to Peter Tonkin’s The Queen’s Intelligencer series, offers a thrilling insight into the Protestant and Catholic divide during the reign of James I. A discord so deep that a fervent group of Catholics would assemble and attempt to...

Of Blood Descended, by Steven Veerapen

Of Blood Descended, by Steven Veerapen

John Blanke, son of Anthony, the king's trumpeter, embarks on a murder case at Court.
Michael Ward

The wonderful cover of Steven Veerapen’s Of Blood Descended invites the reader to enter a rich world of murder and mystery in 16th century England. The contents within do not disappoint. Of Blood Descended carries Veerapen’s hallmark of exemplary historical research...

Solving the Mystery of The Tobermory Galleon

Solving the Mystery of The Tobermory Galleon

The story of a lost ship. Has it been found?
Timothy Ashby

In 1588 a galleon, the San Juan, mysteriously sank in Tobermory, Isle of Mull. Timothy Ashby, historian and author of a new book on Elizabethan espionage traces the history of that Spanish ship. For centuries the sunken Spanish Armada ship known as the ‘Tobermory...