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Chiselbury

Chiselbury

Chiselbury Publishing was founded 2011 to make the works of James Leasor, one of the bestselling and most prolific British authors of the second half of the 20th Century, available to new and old readers. It now has the works of over 30 authors, non-fiction and fiction, established bestselling authors and first-timers, in print or nearing publication. In all we have over 80 books in print.
Sharpe Books

Books Click on any of the books covers below to either buy or get more information on Amazon From the Publisher Chiselbury Publishing was founded 2011 to make the works of James Leasor, one of the bestselling and most prolific British authors of the second half of the...

A Divided Kingdom: Robert Harris on Act of Oblivion

A Divided Kingdom: Robert Harris on Act of Oblivion

Our editor met Robert Harris to talk about his latest novel set in the aftermath of the fall of Cromwell.
Oliver Webb-Carter

In preparation for my meeting with Robert Harris (of course I’d read his latest novel, Act of Oblivion), I read a number of interviews and listened to his Desert Island Discs with Kirsty Young. 12 years old now, it is a fascinating and enlightening episode, and gave...

Henrietta Maria, by Leanda de Lisle

Henrietta Maria, by Leanda de Lisle

Superb and beautifully written.

Leanda de Lisle’s biography of Henrietta Maria has burnt through the mist of four hundred years of propaganda. It pitches Henrietta at her own level. She is brought down from pious pedestals and raised up from the mire in which her reputation has often lain. With this...

AoH Book Club: Paul Lay on Providence Lost

AoH Book Club: Paul Lay on Providence Lost

When Providence Lost was first published in January 2020, the 17th century had not received a huge amount of attention, and Oliver Cromwell’s reputation was not even up for debate. That’s not the case today.

Paul Lay, your book Providence Lost: The Rise and Fall of Cromwell's Protectorate. This has been an in vogue subject of the last few years, really, this period of the 17th century, the Civil Wars and then the Interregnum. Oliver Cromwell played rather a sort of...

The Real Press

The Real Press

The Real Press publishes fiction and non-fiction with a historical edge. We publish short books, ebooks and print-on-demand books that fit with our values and philosophy, and which seem likely to encourage debate about what really matters. These are available on Amazon and elsewhere, but also here in our shop.
Sharpe Books

Books Click on any of the books covers below to either buy or get more information on Amazon From the Publisher The Real Press publishes fiction and non-fiction with a historical edge. We publish short books, ebooks and print-on-demand books that fit with our values...

Civil War: Hull and the Hothams

Civil War: Hull and the Hothams

For some Parliamentarians, the Hothams' loyalty was not always reliable, and Oliver Cromwell himself lost patience.

On 1st January 1645, Captain John Hotham, having played loose with his loyalties in the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, faced his end at the Tower of London. His proposal to pay Parliament £10,000 to commute his sentence to banishment had been declined, therefore...

Fiction Book of the Month: Miranda Malins on The Puritan Princess

Fiction Book of the Month: Miranda Malins on The Puritan Princess

Miranda's debut novel brought the Cromwell daughters to the fore.

Miranda, The Puritan Princess was your debut novel about the Cromwell family. You're also a Trustee of the Cromwell Association. When did your interest in the Cromwells begin and what sparked it? My fascination with Oliver Cromwell and his family began as a teenager...

Prince Rupert the Devil

Prince Rupert the Devil

Prince Rupert of the Rhine was portrayed harshly by the Parliamentarians, but was he really so bad?
Eleanor Swift-Hook

Prince Rupert the Devil In September 1642, a month before the first major battle of the English Civil War, twenty-two-year-old Prince Rupert and his younger brother Maurice arrived at Worcester to escort a convoy of valuables to their uncle the king. The princes were...

The Rebel Daughter, by Miranda Malins

The Rebel Daughter, by Miranda Malins

This is neither men’s history nor women’s history. It is good, gripping history.

Miranda Malins, author of The Puritan Princess, has returned to the Cromwell’s and provided a real treat: a step back in time, to the 1640s, to trace the family’s uneasy rise to power. This time, however, a different Cromwell daughter - Bridget - takes centre stage....

Hoax: The Popish Plot That Never Was, by Victor Stater

Hoax: The Popish Plot That Never Was, by Victor Stater

Perhaps the most dangerous conspiracy theory took place in the 17th century.
Michael Ward

Those who have experienced disbelief in the politics of the United States over the past six years will find Hoax a fascinating read. The current acceptance of conspiracy theories – the ‘stolen’ election and a government controlled by paedophiles, to name but two – may...