Having finished reading my page proofs, I’m returning to blogdom to let you know that I have a guest post up on Holly Tucker’s excellent Wonders and Marvels site. It’s about the wooden town Edward III built to house his troops during the long siege of Calais. Stop by–there’s plenty on that site to look at!
Speaking of Calais, I picked up a nice haul of new books at the library the other day, including Susan Rose’s Calais: An English Town in France, 1347-1558, Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales: Life, Death and Commemoration, edited by Steven Gunn and Linda Monckton, Catherine Parr by Susan James, and The Calais Garrison: War and Military Service in England, 1436-1558 by David Grummit. (Three of them were so new that the poor desk clerk had to paste a due-date slip inside–it’s always nice reading a virgin library book.) I tend to dip into nonfiction and read the sections that interest me more than reading cover to cover, especially when I’m doing research, so I can’t do a review as such, but I can say that all are well dipping-in-able.
One book I probably will be reading front to back is Seymour Phillips’ upcoming Edward II (though the man could have had the decency to publish it when I was researching The Traitor’s Wife instead of waiting). And my husband has been advised in no uncertain terms that I want Christopher Wilkins’ biography of Edward Woodville for my birthday. It has its “look inside” feature activated at Amazon UK, so take a peek-I certainly have been!