Castles, Customs & Kings – STOP The Presses….actually….START All The Presses!

Now I have been remiss, no, not just remiss, I have been appallingly, devastatingly, rubbishly, remiss in telling anyone about the wonderful book Castles, Customs and Kings (Madison Street Publishing, 2012), which contains, among the hundreds of finely penned articles, an historical article by yours truly!

So exciting, and why haven’t I mentioned this properly before? Well, I could bore you with excuses of holidays, starting back to university, helping my husband repaint our ENTIRE house (he did most of it mind), and numerous other compelling events which came to pass and disrupted my flow of information to all you dazzling bloggerites, however I won’t (even though I basically just did), I will merely get onto the pressing matter at hand.

Castles, Customs and Kings, Edited by Debra Brown & M. M. Bennetts
Castles, Customs and Kings, Edited by Debra Brown & M. M. Bennetts

Castles, Customs and Kings is a book for history lovers of all ages, shapes and sizes. It, in short, is the compilation of the first year of articles posted on the English Historical Fiction Authors website. Now these articles have all been written by authors of historical novels. You might say, “But all novellists do is make stuff up and base characters on vexating people they know” but, aha! That is not all we historical fiction authors do, in fact, we spend rather a large jolly chunk of time researching things about the time period we are writing in.

For instance, you can’t have your heroine arriving at a Regency ball in the back of a Renault Clio – or any other car make for that matter. You have to know about the vehicles, the roads, what buildings were built, how long it took to get somewhere by horse and carriage, what clothes were worn, what fabrics were available and above all, the most important thing in my opinion, what everyone ate!

So this is what we do, we research, and actually it’s all rather fascinating. This book is a culmination of loads of intriguing tidbits from the Romans to the twentieth century gathered by authors like me in their pursuit of a novel. You can learn about Boadicea, about the beginnings of the knights Templar, who William the Conquerer was before he was a Conquerer, about witches and princesses, about the three weddings of James I of England, about metrosexuals in Georgian England, about Mr. Darcy stripping off, about class distinctions in Regency England (my article, by the way 😉 ), about Victorian remedies, about Downtown Abbey and many more tidbits from the immense and fantastical stream that is the ever-flowing past.

This is the kind of book that is perfect to delve into any part of history at any time. It’s great for all you people who just love your historical facts and to be honest, it’s the perfect coffee table book which can be picked up for a few minutes to read an article and then left lovingly on the table again until next time.

The calibre of authors contributing to this book is incredibly high and I shall be purchasing one, not just because I have an article included, but because this is a great book for authors and readers alike with so many fascinating articles included.

Check it out on Amazon UK and Amazon USA now and buy your copy – I guarantee you will not be disappointed and if you’re unsure, then you can view a sample of the book by clicking on the cover and you can have a read of a few of the articles and examine the contents for yourself.

So go, be gone from my blogsite, purchase your copy and enjoy everyoneeeeee!!! xxx

Published by Philippa Jane Keyworth

Philippa Jane Keyworth, known to her friends as Pip, has been writing since she was twelve in every notebook she could find. Originally trained as a horse-riding instructor, Philippa went on to become a copywriter before beginning a degree in History. A born again Christian, Philippa lives in the south of England with her handsome husband. Philippa has always written stories and believes that, since it is one of her loves and passions, she always will. In her early writing career, she dabbled in a variety of genres, but it was the encouragement of a friend to watch a film adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice that began her love affair with the British Regency. Since then, she has watched every Regency film and TV series she could get her hands on and become well acquainted with Georgette Heyer's novels which gave her the inspiration to write her own. Both as a reader and a writer, Philippa believes it is important to escape into a world you yourself would want to live in. This is why she writes stories that will draw you into the characters' joys and heartaches in a world apart from our own. Her debut novel, The Widow's Redeemer (Madison Street Publishing, 2012), is a traditional Regency romance bringing to life the romance between a young widow with an indomitable spirit and a wealthy viscount with an unsavory reputation. The novel has been received well by readers and reviewers who have praised the heartfelt story and admirable characters. Her second novel, The Unexpected Earl (Madison Street Publishing, 2014), explores another romance in the Regency era when an impetuous young woman has her life turned upside down by the reappearance of the earl who jilted her six years ago. So, what are you waiting for? Get swept away into another time with characters you will learn to love, and experience the British Regency like never before.

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