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Book Review: The Royal Bastards of Medieval England by Chris Given-Wilson & Alice Curteis

November 15, 2018 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in Book Reviews

I found this book to be surprisingly diverting and helpful. The paper book cover shows that famous romantic painting of the two princes in the Tower by John Everett Millias, so I was half-expecting yet another repetition of arguments pro and con about Richard III’s involvement with their murder. In actuality, the princes are given […]

Book Review: Nobility of Later Medieval England by K.B. McFarlane

August 12, 2018 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in Book Reviews

I found another jewel! Author K.B. McFarlane was universally extolled by his fellow historians for his exhaustive scholarship on late Medieval England, but he met an untimely death by stroke in 1966, leaving most of his work unpublished. Fortunately, he gave many lectures and wrote many papers that were gathered by his associates and published […]

King Richard’s Household: the Retinue

January 8, 2018 by Mercedes Rochelle | 3 Comments | Filed in Book Reviews, Richard II

My interest in “The Royal Household and the King’s Affinity: Service, Politics and Finance in England 1360-1413” by Chris Given-Wilson goes way beyond what I can discuss in a book review. In Part One I talked about the king’s servants, from the lowest page to the great officers. When we move on to the chapters […]

Book Review for GODWINE KINGMAKER by E. Thomas Behr, Ph.D., author of Blood Brothers: Courage and Treachery on the Shores of Tripoli

December 20, 2017 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in Book Reviews, Earl Godwine of Wessex

A wonderfully executed, richly-developed historical novel! Readers who enjoy tightly written, compelling story-telling with deeply engaging characters are in for a real treat with Mercedes Rochelle’s Godwine Kingmaker: Part One of The Last Great Saxon Earls. This is historical fiction in the grand tradition of Hope Muntz’s The Golden Warrior and Mary Stewart’s and T. […]

King Richard’s Household: The Servants

December 13, 2017 by Mercedes Rochelle | 5 Comments | Filed in Book Reviews, General Topics, Richard II

The more I research, the better I understand that what goes on behind the scenes is just as important as the high-profile episodes defining a king’s reign. So naturally, I was thrilled to discover “The Royal Household and the King’s Affinity: Service, Politics and Finance in England 1360-1413” by Chris Given-Wilson; this book brought me […]

Book Review: THE SONS OF GODWINE by Frank Watson

September 1, 2017 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in Book Reviews, The Sons of Godwine

As if writing a trilogy of historical novels about one of the most important epochs of the western world wasn’t a large enough task, Mercedes Rochelle in Sons of Godwine adds an additional challenge: Various members of the Godwine family each tell the story in their own voices. Godwine was the founder of a dynasty […]

My Review: The Fears of Henry IV: The Life of England’s Self-made King

April 21, 2017 by Mercedes Rochelle | 1 Comment | Filed in Book Reviews, Richard II

Henry IV is one of those kings best remembered because of Shakespeare, and even there he was overshadowed by more colorful characters. But in reality, he played a pivotal role in English history; without Henry of Lancaster, the Wars of the Roses would probably never have taken place. Ian Mortimer gives us a thorough and […]

Review for FATAL RIVALRY by Helen Skinner, She Reads Novels

March 5, 2017 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in Battle of Hastings, 1066, Book Reviews, The Sons of Godwine

This is the third and final novel in Mercedes Rochelle’s Last Great Saxon Earls trilogy, completing the story begun in Godwine Kingmaker and The Sons of Godwine.  Set in 11th century England, just before the Norman Conquest, Godwine Kingmaker told the story of Godwine, the powerful Earl of Wessex, while in The Sons of Godwine […]

Book Review: The Great Revolt of 1381 by Charles Oman

January 19, 2017 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in Book Reviews

I’ve had this book on my shelves for years, waiting for the right moment to tackle it. The moment has arrived! I am doing research on Richard II, and the Peasant Revolt is a great place to start. I certainly picked up the right book; Charles Oman has given a thorough explanation of this pivotal […]

Review for THE SONS OF GODWINE by “She Reads Novels”

June 10, 2016 by Mercedes Rochelle | No Comments | Filed in Book Reviews, The Sons of Godwine

This is the second of Mercedes Rochelle’s Last Great Saxon Earls novels which tell the story of the Godwinesons in the years leading up to the Norman Conquest. The first book, Godwine Kingmaker, follows Godwine, Earl of Wessex, as he rises to become one of the most powerful men in 11th century England. In this […]