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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
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Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Sat March 12th, 2011, 2:26 pm

The UK title for that is My Last Duchess. I read it a while ago and really enjoyed it. Some parts of it are especially 'enlightening'!! :)
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Post by Misfit » Wed March 16th, 2011, 10:30 pm

Those of you on Goodreads there are copies of Christy English's next book, To Be Queen, available. US, CA and GB. Details here.
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Post by Misfit » Thu March 17th, 2011, 6:01 pm

Svea of Muse in the Fog has a copy of Jules Watson's new book up for grabs and I think it's international. Details here.

Apparently there's a giveaway blogger hop going on today. Jenny at let them read books has a free book from the book depository (up to $15). Details here.
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Amazon Vouchers Giveaway

Post by Miss Moppet » Sun March 20th, 2011, 1:44 am

Dropping in briefly to say the Amazon vouchers giveaway at my blog will close on Tuesday 22 March. The sponsor will only take entries from UK residents, but as most of my commenters are not in the UK, if you're eligible you've got a pretty good chance of winning.

ETA: if you leave a comment be sure to include an email address in the comment, so the sponsor knows how to get in touch with you.

http://misadventuresofmoppet.wordpress. ... -giveaway/

I will cross-post this in Member Announcements.
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Post by cw gortner » Sun March 20th, 2011, 7:51 pm

Giveaway of Holly Tucker's nonfiction narrative debut, Bloodwork: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Seventeenth Century.
THE QUEEN'S VOW available on June 12, 2012!
THE TUDOR SECRET, Book I in the Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles
THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI
THE LAST QUEEN


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Post by fljustice » Mon March 21st, 2011, 4:04 pm

Giveaway of Eromenos a new literary HF novel about Antinous and his affair with Emperor Hadrian. It's also available through the March LibraryThing Early Reader program, if you're a member.
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Post by boswellbaxter » Wed March 23rd, 2011, 1:43 pm

I'm giving away two copies of my novel about Margaret of Anjou, The Queen of Last Hopes, on my blog. Giveaway ends on March 28. Just leave a comment on the blog wishing Margaret a happy birthday! One copy is reserved for a winner outside of North America.

http://susandhigginbotham.blogspot.com/ ... -last.html
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Coming in October: The Woodvilles


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Post by Misfit » Wed March 30th, 2011, 5:53 pm

To Defy a King is up at Laura's Reviews, details here. US and CA only.
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Post by fljustice » Fri April 1st, 2011, 4:12 pm

Outlaw by Angus Donald is up for grabs at my blog (with a review):

http://faithljustice.wordpress.com/2011 ... ew-outlaw/
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Post by annis » Fri April 1st, 2011, 7:36 pm

One of the appealing aspects of Robin Hood is that he can be endlessly reinvented. A couple of years back two authors had a play with the "Dark Robin" image; Angus Donald with Outlaw and Adam Thorpe with Hodd. Thorpe's Robin is even blacker than Donald's. Hodd is an literary novel that traces the Robin Hood myth back to its bleak medieval origins. The charming, chivalrous Robin Hood of Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe has no place in Robert Hodd’s harsh, dog-eat-dog world. Hodd, a violent, psychotic wolfshead who self-medicates to ill effect with magic mushrooms and birch-leaf brew, takes as his acolyte a young boy desperately searching for a father-figure. Raised by various men of God, young Moche is both repelled and attracted by Hodd’s blasphemous philosophy, and becomes a member of the outlaw chief’s band. As a repentant elderly monk, he confesses his part in starting the Robin Hood legend. Rigid, unforgiving religion has a lot to answer for in this ironic story about the creation of popular mythology.
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That said, my favourite fictional Robin is Parke Godwin's one, placed in a setting quite a bit earlier than the usual. His Robin is a Saxon thegn's son displaced after the Norman Conquest, and Godwin may well have been playing with the fact that many RH legends originated in those attributed to Hereward the Wake, a post-Norman Conquest resistance fighter. Godwin wrote a two book series- Sherwood and Robin and the King.

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