Castles, Customs, and Kings

  • by Debra Brown, M.M. Bennetts
  • Narrated by Ruth Golding
  • 25 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A compilation of essays from the English Historical Fiction Authors blog, this book provides a wealth of historical information from Roman Britain to early 20th-century England. Over 50 different authors share hundreds of real life stories and tantalizing tidbits discovered while doing research for their own historical novels.
From Queen Boadicea's revolt to Tudor ladies-in-waiting, from Regency dining and dress to Victorian crime and technology, immerse yourself in the lore of Great Britain. Listen to the history behind the fiction and discover the true tales surrounding England's castles, customs, and kings.


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Historical Tidbits

This is a collected series of blogs from a wide variety of historical fiction writers. The topic: random things they discovered while doing research for their books. Topics include clothes, armor, weapons, customs, etiquette, meals, recipes, politics, scandals, personal tales, conjectures, leisure pursuits, social groups, traditions, nursery rhymes, crime and punishment... the list goes on and on. Largely the sections are broken up by era.

On the whole, this is a fascinating little book. I go into these things with the understanding that research by a writer is nowhere near the same level of research by an historian in most cases. It's sort of like looking through a telescope and claiming you're an astronomer. I've run across a couple in recent days that don't, so that was a red flag that was immediately on my mind. I got the sense that the writers here understand this distinction as well, because this whole book is basically "here's what I discovered, it's it cool, and here's the book I was working on where I applied it."

Being blog posts, the nature of this book is you get a lot of short entries, so for those looking for history in bite-size format, this book's for you.
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- Troy


learned many things in did not know. was well worth the read for that alone.
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- Serena Galloway

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-15-2015
  • Publisher: Madison Street Publishing