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text 2017-02-23 17:59
Reginald Pole's Reaction to his Mother's Execution

Why examine this little snippet of history? We know that Margaret Pole was horridly executed on Henry VIII's orders, and we know that Reginald Pole was safely away from England at the time. I think it is important to look at how Reginald took this news because I have read some opinions that Reginald was bitter toward his mother for his dedication to the church. Based on studying both of these historical figures, I have not found evidence of that. Yet even Hilary Mantel states it as fact.


Continue reading on my blog.


Source: samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2017/02/reginald-pole-learns-of-his-mothers.html
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review 2017-02-21 22:04
The Fifth Knight by EM Powell
The Fifth Knight - E.M. Powell

This was a fun adventure to listen to that poses the question: What if that fateful day in Canterbury was not just about a quarrel between Henry II and Thomas Becket? What if there was much more to it? What if, in fact, Thomas was not even the primary target?


Obviously, this novel has to work outside of what we think we know about the murder of Thomas Becket, so one has to be prepared for that. If you are open to the what-ifs in history, this book is right up your alley. It is a fast paced adventure, unlikely romance, and mystery. At one point it seems that everyone is on the same side, leaving the reader to wonder why they are fighting then. And that's when the next bomb drops.


I can't say too much more without giving away one of the twists and turns of the plot, but if you are drawn to the story of the four knights who secured their place in history on December 29, 1170, this book gives you a peek at what it could have been.


This was great as an audiobook that I was happy to find available through Kindle Unlimited.

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text 2017-02-18 13:08
Happy birthday, Queen Mary!

The girl who would become England's first Queen Regnant was born on this day 501 years ago. To celebrate, I am at EHFA with a fresh look at who Queen Mary really was. Maybe, just for her birthday, we can stop calling her 'Bloody Mary'.


Source: englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-unpopular-tudor.html
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text 2017-02-08 13:39
The Fine Line Between Bastard and Princess

I am a guest at History Rocks! We are taking a look at a few bastardized princesses who had their revenge by becoming queen. Can't hold these ladies down!


There are also several book giveaway opportunities!


Source: historyrocks.us/2016/11/20/fine-line-blog
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text 2017-02-07 13:13
Book Giveaways!

Take advantage of several new opportunities to win free books!

Goodreads giveaway for Plantagenet Princess, Tudor Queen

Goodreads giveaway for Faithful Traitor

Chance to win multiple novels and the upcoming In Bed with the British on History Rocks!


Source: samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2017/02/book-giveaways.html
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