Amberley Blog

  1. Gillian Polack & Katrin Kania - How they got interested in the Middle Ages

    Here the authors talk about what got them interested in the Middle Ages. Gillian Polack I often tell people that I fell into the Middle Ages almost by mistake. I had a question I wanted to answer and the Middle Ages held that answer. Sounds good, doesn’t it? The sad truth is that life is more complicated than that. Here’s...
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  2. The Battle of Lewes, 14th May 1264, by Darren Baker author of With All for All: The Life of Simon de Montfort

    14th May marks the anniversary of one of those events which most people in England have probably never heard of and yet which has influenced how they live their lives today. On this day in 1264 an army under Simon de Montfort defeated and captured King Henry III in and around the town of Lewes, Sussex. Under the resulting peace treaty...
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  3. England’s Reigning Queens, by Elizabeth Norton

    Some of England’s (and later, Britain’s) most memorable monarchs have been queens. It is therefore surprising that only eight women can claim to have ruled as reigning queen in the post-Conquest period and, then, only six effectively. As our current queen approaches Queen Victoria’s record of longest reigning monarch, let’s look at some of the key female rulers who came...
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  4. The Lusitania: Remembering A Legend, by J. Kent Layton

    Saturday, 1 May 1915 dawned in New York City depressingly overcast, drizzly, and decidedly not like the spring weather the calendar indicated it should have been. At the Lower West Side of Manhattan's Chelsea Piers, partially obscured by yet towering over the blocks-long face of the pier buildings, stood a quartet of dark smokestacks. Locals knew better than anyone else...
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  5. Manchester City Have No History, by Mike Devlin

    It matters not that they were created from the ashes on the 16th of April 1894, or that they were in fact around as early as 1880 in some form or another (not that the media of the day could remember what the club was called) – or indeed earlier if we include cricket, but that isn’t a real sport...
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  6. What the Railways Did for Us: The Making of Modern Britain, by Stuart Hylton

    When the first locomotives made their lumbering appearance at the start of the nineteenth century, few people could have guessed at the differences they and their successors would make to our lives. First, our whole notions of time and distance were transformed. Until then, our boundaries had been limited to the speed at which a horse could gallop and the...
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  7. The Descent of the Tudor Dynasty, by Teresa Cole

    The recent reburial of Richard III at Leicester has perhaps reminded us of the great clear out of English nobility that took place at the Battle of Bosworth Field where Richard met his death, and at the preceding battles of the so-called Wars of the Roses. The winner at Bosworth, Henry Tudor, was the last remaining Lancastrian candidate for the...
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  8. Spring: Nature’s Season of Confusion, by Patrick Nobbs

    ‘As the days grow longer, the cold grows stronger’. At first glance this piece of medieval weather lore appears rather odd, but in reality it shows just how in touch our ancestors were with nature. Spring often brings frost and snow, which is especially notable after a mild winter. But spring is a contradictory season, and it can also bring...
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  9. Kaleidoscopic Concertina: The Dysfunctional Family of Richard III by Michael Hicks

    All of us were born into families that consist of 2 parents and 4 grandparents, plus many of us have siblings, uncles and aunts and cousins and in-laws. Some of us count a lot of people in these categories. Richard III had six siblings, whereas his enemy Henry Tudor was a posthumous child and an only child. In those days...
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  10. Richard III: Reinterment week

    EARLY HISTORY CATEGORY DISCOUNT CODE OFFER From 24th to 30th March you can get 25% discount off the RRP of any title in the Early History: c.500 to c.1450/1500 category on our website. All you need to do is enter the code Richard III in the Discount Codes coupon code box when you click on your shopping basket before proceeding to...
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