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Post by Tanzanite » Thu February 7th, 2013, 11:28 pm

Artemesium by Christian Cameron. UK release August 29, 2013. (I don't think this one has been posted yet, but since Cameron's books frequently change titles and release dates, it's hard to say for sure... Apologies if a repeat)

Close your eyes and you could be in fifth-century Egypt - with his trademark ability to step into the shoes of his fifth-century protagonists, once again Christian Cameron plunges us headlong into the thick of the action. This time, the indomitable Arimnestos of Plataea finds himself caught up in the ill-fated Spartan expedition to the land of the Sphinx, while on the horizon, forces gather for the colossal naval battle of Artemesium. Whether it's in the unforgiving furnace of the Egyptian desert or the blood-frothed seas off the coast of Greece, Christian Cameron brings these momentous events to thrilling life as we watch the epic story unfold.


ETA: This one appears to now have a new title: The Great King
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Post by Tanzanite » Thu February 7th, 2013, 11:29 pm

Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon. UK release September 26, 2013.

June 1778, and as the American War of Independence nears its turning point, time-travelling lovers Jamie and Claire find themselves torn apart by the warring forces. As sons fight against fathers and whole families are splintered by the conflict, even Claire's foreknowledge of the future can only help her so much. Caught in the maelstrom of historical events, once again Jamie and Claire must battle to survive.

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Post by Tanzanite » Thu February 7th, 2013, 11:30 pm

Tudor: The Family Story by Leanda de Lisle. Non-fiction. UK release October 3, 2013.

The Tudors are a national obsession. But, as Leanda de Lisle shows, beyond the familiar headlines, and deep into their past, is a family still more extraordinary than the one we thought we knew.
The Tudor canon typically starts with the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 and really picks up with Henry VIII and the Reformation. But our story starts earlier, with the obscure Welsh origins of Owain ap Maredudd ap Tudur, the man who would become known simply as 'Owen Tudor' and fall (literally) into a Queen's lap and later her bed. It continues with the courage of a pregnant thirteen-year-old girl who went on to found and shape the Tudor dynasty; and the childhood and painful exile of her son, who would become Henry VII.The colossus of the next century, Henry VIII, his wives, and sisters, are given a fresh perspective in this context and show the sister Queens Mary and Elizabeth in a most unexpected light.

Here is the story of a dynasty's rise and fall. It presents a family struggling at every turn to establish their right to the throne; a family dominated by remarkable women doing everything possible to secure influence and the family line. Packed with all the headlines we know and love and with many new revelations along the way, it brings to life in a completely new - and very human way - this extraordinary family and their times.
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Post by Vanessa » Fri February 8th, 2013, 9:09 am

[quote=""Tanzanite""]Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon. UK release September 26, 2013.

June 1778, and as the American War of Independence nears its turning point, time-travelling lovers Jamie and Claire find themselves torn apart by the warring forces. As sons fight against fathers and whole families are splintered by the conflict, even Claire's foreknowledge of the future can only help her so much. Caught in the maelstrom of historical events, once again Jamie and Claire must battle to survive.[/quote]

Look forward to this one even though I haven't read Echo on the Bone yet!
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Post by Lisa » Fri February 8th, 2013, 10:17 am

Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate has such a pretty cover!

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Post by annis » Fri February 8th, 2013, 5:35 pm

Is Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate non-fiction or a novel? Sounds more like a novel. Claudia was the subject of a novel called Pilate's Wife written a few years ago by Antoinette May.
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Post by Tanzanite » Fri February 8th, 2013, 11:17 pm

[quote=""annis""]Is Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate non-fiction or a novel? Sounds more like a novel. Claudia was the subject of a novel called Pilate's Wife written a few years ago by Antoinette May.[/quote]

As far as I know it's a novel

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Post by Vanessa » Mon February 18th, 2013, 11:08 am

The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson, to be published in the UK in April
Imogen Robertson's break-out novel - a deep, dark and opulent tale of Belle Époque Paris, and the secrets and dangers hidden beneath its luxurious facade. Maud Heighton came to Lafond's famous Académie to paint, and to flee the constraints of her small English town. It took all her courage to escape, but Paris eats money. While her fellow students enjoy the dazzling joys of the Belle Époque, Maud slips into poverty. Quietly starving, and dreading another cold Paris winter, Maud takes a job as companion to young, beautiful Sylvie Morel. But Sylvie has a secret: an addiction to opium. As Maud is drawn into the Morels' world of elegant luxury, their secrets become hers. Before the New Year arrives, a greater deception will plunge her into the darkness that waits beneath this glittering city of light.
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Post by Tanzanite » Thu February 28th, 2013, 5:26 pm

Lots of non-fiction today...

Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and Russian Czars by Tessa Murdoch. Non-fiction. UK release March 4, 2013. (Published by the V&A)

This beautiful book explores the diplomatic, trade and cultural exchanges between the courts of Britain and Russia, from the reign of Henry VIII to the death of Charles II. Through the material life of the courts, the gifts of the diplomats and the commissions of the monarchs, the book presents an overview of privileged living in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries - illustrating the material life of the leading personalities of the period. Engaging and authoritative, Treasures of the Royal Courts uses superb new photography to illustrate chapters on diplomacy, silver, portraits, miniatures, arms and armour, heraldry, textiles and jewellery by experts from the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Kremlin Museum, Moscow.
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Post by Tanzanite » Thu February 28th, 2013, 5:27 pm

Music and Monarchy by David Starkey. Non-fiction. UK release March 28, 2013. (BBC books)

A new history of the British monarchy through it's music, to accompany a BBC series with bestselling royal historian David Starkey.
"David Starkey's Music and Monarchy"offers us a new history of Britain through music, showing how the Royal Court shaped the musical landscape in ways that speak directly to our national identity. Many of our current musical symbols of nationhood -- from the 'Last Night of the Proms' to football terraces erupting in song -- have their origins in the way the Crown deliberately shaped the national soundtrack.
This is a story of song and power, exploring how Henry VIII subverted the Reformation he started by protecting a sacred choral tradition he loved; how Henry Purcell's music was designed to help make Charles II more palatable to his subjects; how opera in Georgian London is a story of political infighting between the King and his son; and how the coronation of Elizabeth II, and the music of Vaughan Williams, represented the last dramatic moment of Church and State coming together in all its grandeur.

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