Recommendation: Leeds University Library Galleries

The Parkinson building at the University of Leeds campus is iconic and has Grade II* listed status.  But did you know within this building is two fantastic galleries? The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery is an art gallery and the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery showcases archival records from Leeds Special Collections. Treasures of the … Continue reading Recommendation: Leeds University Library Galleries

Queens: Mothers, Warriors, Icons Lecture by Dr Estelle Paranque

I attended Dr Estelle Paranque’s talk Queens: Mothers, Warriors, Icons which was hosted by the New College of the Humanities for Women’s History Month. Queenship is something I have always had an interest in, so from the title I knew this talk was definitely going to be up my street! The lecture was in two … Continue reading Queens: Mothers, Warriors, Icons Lecture by Dr Estelle Paranque

Recommendation: The Queens of the Conquest Trilogy by Joanna Courtney

“1066: Three Queens. One Crown” Do you enjoy reading about 1066? Then I have a fabulous recommendation for you! The Queens of the Conquest trilogy by Joanna Courtney.  The trilogy is historical fiction and is comprised of The Chosen Queen, The Constant Queen and The Conquerors Queen. They focus on the life of the queens … Continue reading Recommendation: The Queens of the Conquest Trilogy by Joanna Courtney

Recommendation: ‘The Black Prince of Florence’ by Catherine Fletcher

One of my favourite book shops is the Minster Gate Bookshop in York. It’s the stuff a booklover’s dreams are made off! It’s about 3 stories plus a basement and has lots of little rooms each covering different genres. As you can probably guess my favourite room is the history room, and that’s where I … Continue reading Recommendation: ‘The Black Prince of Florence’ by Catherine Fletcher

Recommendation: ‘The House of Clarence’ by Alison Weir

Recently on Twitter I came across author and historian Alison Weir's kind offer to send history fans a copy of 'The House of Clarence' as a nice distraction during the UK lockdown. It's a short biography sent as a word.doc focusing on George, Duke of Clarence (brother of Edward IV and Richard III) and his … Continue reading Recommendation: ‘The House of Clarence’ by Alison Weir

Recommendation: ‘Fall of Giants’ by Ken Follett

"An epic of love, hatred, war and revolution" Covering the period 1911-1924 Ken Follett's 2010 novel 'Fall of Giants' follows 5 families in Wales, England, Germany, Russia & the USA as they navigate their lives before, during and after the First World War... Follett does a fantastic job of weaving these very different families together, … Continue reading Recommendation: ‘Fall of Giants’ by Ken Follett

Recommendation: ‘Secrets of Great British Castles’ Documentary

As I trawled through Netflix recently I came across the historical documentary Secrets of Great British Castles presented by historian Dan Jones. There are two series, the first came out in 2015 and the second in 2016 - how I managed to miss them the first time round I don't know, but I was thrilled to … Continue reading Recommendation: ‘Secrets of Great British Castles’ Documentary

Recommendation: ‘A Tudor Christmas’ by Alison Weir and Siobhan Clarke

My family have recently started participating in the Icelandic tradition Jolabokaflod which translates as a ‘book flood’ where we gift each other books on Christmas Eve. If you’re as much of a bookworm as I am then I’d highly recommend starting this tradition next Christmas! This year I received A Tudor Christmas by Alison Weir … Continue reading Recommendation: ‘A Tudor Christmas’ by Alison Weir and Siobhan Clarke