Amberley Blog

  1. Edward IV - Glorious Son of York by Jeffrey James

    Perhaps no English king fought harder for the throne than King Edward IV, personified by Shakespeare as ‘this Sun of York’; an allusion to the three suns which are said to have risen in splendour prior to the Battle of Mortimer’s Cross, near Hereford, fought on 2 or 3 February 1461, a perceived supernatural display seen by Edward as a...
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  2. Secret Barnstaple - What is a Secret? by Elizabeth Hammett

    When asked to write a book with ‘Secret’ in the title (Secret Barnstaple in this case), one of my first thoughts was to wonder what ‘secret’ meant in this context. Obviously if an event was really ‘secret’ neither I nor anyone else would know about, so it would be rather difficult to write a book on the subject! The war...
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  3. Secret Ipswich: Three Remarkable Women by Susan Gardiner

    Writing a book with the title Secret Ipswich meant that I had to avoid the inclusion of too many famous people from the town so that I could concentrate on the more obscure people and places that are also part of its history. Ipswich's connections with Thomas Wolsey, Lord Nelson and two England football managers, Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir...
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  4. Don Kenyon His Own Man by Tim Jones

    Don Kenyon was a ’leader of champions and a champion of leaders’ for good reason; he was his own man and did things his own way. Known as ‘Braddy’ at school - like Don Bradman - he would bat for long periods without getting out. He still holds the record as the youngest player to score a century in the...
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  5. Meet the Great British Eccentrics by Steven Tucker

    To celebrate the publication of his new book Great British Eccentrics, author SD Tucker provides some edited highlights from the lives of three of Britain’s most lovable lunatics ... That Magnificent Madman with his Flying Machine Charles Waterton, the Squire of Walton Hall in Yorkshire, was a prominent nineteenth-century naturalist who developed the strange belief that he could fly. He...
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  6. Malting and Malthouses in Kent by James Preston

    When I have mentioned that I have been looking for malthouses the general reaction has been a blank look. Malt as a material is no longer understood. It has no relevance to generations that were not fed cod liver oil and malt or Virol! It might as a word appear on malt vinegar labels but has no meaning for most...
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  7. James Brindley and the Duke of Bridgewater by Victoria Owens

    2016 will see the tercentenary of the birth of James Brindley, the eighteenth-century canal engineer whom Thomas Carlyle once described as a ‘transcendent human beaver’ and whose fame first derived from his association with Francis Egerton, the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater. Documentation of their dealings is sparse. Fortunately, a few accounts books for the Duke’s Estates survive, as do four...
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  8. Agincourt - October 1415: The Long March by W. B. Bartlett

    The Long March with the Battle of Agincourt through the eyes of key participants. The English army set out for Calais. No doubt there was much grumbling in the ranks. Thousands had been invalided home through the effects of dysentery and the expedition would have to survive on the rations it could carry with it and those that they could...
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  9. Evesham, for battle it was none by Darren Baker

    The battle of Evesham, which was fought under a dark, rainless cloud 750 years ago, truly changed everything. It put an end to England’s fledgling constitutional monarchy and wiped out the Montfortian leadership that had imposed it upon the king. The years of strife and uncertainty ushered in by the reforming Provisions of Oxford of 1258 culminated in a slaughter...
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  10. Looking at the Women of Ancient Rome by Iain Ferris

    Today's visitors to the archaeological museums of Rome will see many statues of the imperial and elite women of ancient Rome and of Roman goddesses on display and numerous other kinds of Roman objects such as reliefs, tombstones, coins, and mosaics adorned with images of women of many sorts. Some of these images were intended to be taken at face...
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