Posted in 14th Century Audiobooks Author Guest Post Giveaways

guest post & audiobook giveaway: The Master of Verona

Please welcome author David Blixt, who has a brand new audio version of his book The Master of Verona on its 10th anniversary. The eBook version is also only $1.99 across platforms today (December 11th)! I’m one of “those” authors. The ones you have to discover for yourself, through a friend, or a comment, (or a blog!). There’s no big push, no publicity engine. And my books aren’t for everyone. I’m an author with a marvelously devoted group of readers, who is yet unknown to the public at large. And I’m entirely good with that. My favorite authors are “those authors”. As a kid, I was in a comic book store asking when the next Myth Adventures comic was coming out. The guy behind the…

Continue Reading...
Posted in 14th Century Reviews

review: Hugh and Bess

Hugh and Bess by Susan Higginbotham This is a romantic story of the relationship between Hugh le Despenser (son of Hugh le Despenser, 1st Earl of Winchester) and his wife, Bess. After reading so many books in a row lacking chivalrous characters (The Last Queen, My Enemy the Queen, Forever Amber) it was very enjoyable to get to know this Hugh, who was not only a gentleman, but also very funny. Both Hugh’s father and grandfather were executed by Queen Isabella and her lover, Roger Mortimer. He spent years imprisoned and even more proving his loyalty to the new King Edward III, fighting the Scots and then the French. Bess was not inclined to marry a traitor’s son, but soon began to know him for…

Continue Reading...
Posted in 14th Century 15th Century Reviews

review: The Star of Lancaster

The Star of Lancaster #11 in the Plantagenet Saga by Jean Plaidy One of the idiosyncrasies of Jean Plaidy’s writing is her style of encompassing mini-stories within the main story, weaving them all together. This she has done with The Star of Lancaster, covering an aging John of Gaunt, his rising son, Henry IV of England, and the short lifetime of the great soldier-king, Henry V. As usual the story covers a handful of women close to male protagonists: Mary de Bohun, wife of Henry IV and mother of Henry V; Isabella of Valois, Queen of England and second wife of Richard II; Joanna of Navarre, Queen of England and second wife of Henry IV; Isabeau of Bavaria, Queen of France; and Katherine of Valois,…

Continue Reading...
Posted in 14th Century Reviews

review: The Illuminator

The Illuminator by Brenda Rickman Vantrease Anyone interested in the religious strife of 14th century England will devour this book! Wycliffe, John Ball, Chaucer and many other famous names of the era are depicted as background characters. The main story focuses on the widow of a knight, Kathryn, her two sons and a book illustrator who comes to live with them at Blackingham Manor while he works on a manuscript for the local abbey. But church mandated texts are not the only projects on his mind — he is also secretly illuminating the pages of the first bible in English for Wycliffe. With the local sheriff trying to woo Kathryn for her lands, a murdered extortionist priest and the peasant rebellion on the rise, events…

Continue Reading...
Posted in 14th Century Reviews

review: Watermark

Watermark by Vanitha Sankaran 14th century France: Auda, born albino and rendered mute by a superstitious midwife’s servant, grew up motherless though much beloved by her father and older sister. Not knowing the details surrounding her birth coupled with being an outcast in society due to her appearance, she was unable to develop a sense of self. Though she could not speak, she could do something other girls of her class could not–read and write– which was a necessity for communication, but also a gift her father would have given her anyway. Auda’s father was a papermaker and part-time scribe, and at the time there was little demand for cheap writing materials, as the churches and noblemen could afford parchment. A market opened up, however,…

Continue Reading...
Posted in 14th Century 15th Century Reviews

review: The Welsh Healer

The Welsh Healer by Ginger Myrick Wales, late 14th Century—Arlais is a girl of ten when her destiny is foretold by an ancient prophecy claiming her as a renowned healer who will ultimately save a bloodline of kings. During a perilous era, when the Welsh were warring against the English, the young girl’s family had a humble but happy home until the political unrest invaded even their secluded little farm, ripping the family apart and leaving Arlais in dire straits with winter quickly approaching. Her only consolation is a product of her curious healing powers that she’d always taken for granted, and never fully understood. True to the prophecy, Arlais’s path finds her in a foreign land with a distant relative whom she’d not previously…

Continue Reading...