Books 2022 – on sale today – The Siege of Loyalty House by Jessie Childs


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‘A greater proportion of the British population died in the civil wars of the seventeenth century than in the world wars of the twentieth. Jessie Childs recovers the shock of this conflict by plunging us into one of its most extraordinary episodes: the siege of Basing House. To the parliamentarians, the royalist stronghold was the devil’s seat. Its defenders called it Loyalty House.

We follow artists, apothecaries, merchants and their families from the revolutionary streets of London to the Marquess of Winchester’s mist-shrouded mansion. Over two years, they are battered, bombarded, starved and gassed. From within they face smallpox, spies and mutiny. Their resistance becomes legendary, but in October 1645, Oliver Cromwell rolls in the heavy guns and they prepare for a last stand.

Drawing on unpublished manuscripts and the voices of dozens of men, women and children caught in the crossfire, Childs weaves a thrilling tale of war and peace, terror and faith, savagery and civilisation.

The Siege of Loyalty House is an immersive and electrifying account of a defining episode in a war that would turn Britain – and the world – upside down.’

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A good reason to buy ‘History Today’ Magazine…


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The May issue of ‘History Today’ Magazine has Lady Jane on the cover. Inside is Dr Joanne Paul’s article about ‘The Black Legend of the House of Dudley.’

Lady Jane gets several mentions, in particular in the section ‘Jane Dudley: The ‘Venomous’ Duchess’ which is very interesting reading.


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Books 2022 – on sale now – a book that mentions Jane…


Mary I in Writing: Letters, Literature, and Representation: Letters, Literature, and Representation edited by Valerie Schutte and Jessica S Hower


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‘This book—along with its companion volume Writing Mary I: History, Historiography, and Fiction—centers on representations of Queen Mary I in writing, broadly construed, and the process of writing that queen into literature and other textual sources. It spans an equally wide chronological and geographical scope, accounting for the years prior to her accession in July 1553 through the centuries that followed her death in November 1558 and for her reach across England, and into Ireland, Spain, Italy, Russia, and Africa. Its intent is to foreground words and language—written, spoken, and acted out—and, by extension, to draw out matters of and conversations about rhetoric, imagery, methodology, source base, genre, narrative, form, and more. Taken together, these two volumes find in England’s first crowned queen regnant an incomparable opportunity to ask new questions and seek new answers that deepen our understanding of queenship, the early modern era, and modern popular culture.’

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From Springer

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A good reason to buy BBC History Magazine….


The May issue of BBC History Magazine has an article about the ‘Tudor Kingmakers’, the Dudley family.


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In ‘The family behind the Tudors’ Dr Joanne Paul (author of ‘The House of Dudley’) ‘chronicles the meteoric rise and deadly fall of the Dudleys.’

Lady Jane’s brief reign gets a mention.


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The Historians Magazine – All Things Tudor


I am very pleased that the article I co-authored with Lee Porritt from ‘Lady Jane Grey Revisited’ has been included in edition 7 of ‘The Historians Magazine.’

Our article, ‘Lady Jane Grey: Forget What You Know!’ can be found on page 40.



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