The Archaeology of Rabbit Warrens
by Tom Williamson
Published by SHIRE PUBLICATIONS LTD
Rabbit farming was an important part of the rural economy from medieval times through to the early twentieth century, and the archaeological remains of rabbit warrens still litter the countryside. This book describes the main archaeological features of warrens and discusses their date and function, the banks and walls used to contain the rabbits, the traps used to catch both them and their vermin predators, the lodges in which the warreners lived and kept their equipment and, above all, the buries or pillow bounds in which the rabbits were encouraged to reside.
I only recently became aware of rabbit warrens as a human construction rather than those described in the likes of Watership Down. The text here was a good introduction to their development, use and decline, but I would have liked some livelier illustrations (more akin to those on the cover) to go with it.
The Pastons: A Family in the Wars of the Roses
Edited by Richard Barber
Published by The Boydell Press
Within three generations (1426 to 1485), and through the dark and dangerous years of the Wars of the Roses, the Pastons established themselves as a family of consequence, both in their native Norfolk and within court circles. Ambitious and highly mobile - womenfolk as well as men -they kept in touch by correspondence, usually but not invariably through the medium of a clerk. These letters, a rare survival, break upon us across the centuries with the urgency, and sometimes the violence,of their preoccupations: defending property, fighting court cases, making the right alliances, and, on the domestic side, managing their estates, conducting their courtships, stocking their cupboards. Selected and presented here with Richard Barber's invaluable linking narrative, they bring the middle ages triumphantly to life.
I have great love for the Pastons. Living in East Anglia in the century around the Wars of the Roses, they mention a lot of places that are vaguely familiar to me. The letters here cover a wide range of the aspects of their lives and are presented in chronological order with linking text. I'd have preferred more of the original language to have been left intact, but a gripping read nonetheless.
Richard III : the maligned king
by Annette Carson
Published by Sutton Publishing Ltd
For centuries the vision of Richard III has been dominated by the fictional creations of Thomas More and Shakespeare. Voices have protested during the intervening years, some of them eminent and scholarly, urging a more reasoned view to replace the traditional black portrait. But historians, whether as authors or presenters of popular TV history, still trot out the old pronouncements about ruthless ambition, usurpation and murder. Annette Carson seeks to redress the balance by examining the events of his reign as they actually happened, based on reports in the original sources. Eschewing the overlay of assumptions so beloved by historians - about character, motivation and hidden intentions - instead she traces actions and activities of the principal characters, using facts and time-lines revealed in documentary evidence. Daring to investigate areas where historians fear to tread, this book raises some controversial questions. Was Edward IV assassinated? Did Queen Elizabeth Woodville engage in witchcraft? Why did Thomas More lay down his pen, leaving his dramatic attack on Richard unfinished? A quarter-century has passed since the last major publication defending Richard III. The final truth about events 500 years ago may never be uncovered; but after centuries of defamation, the case for reassessment is overdue a fair hearing.
A very well researched volume that pulls all the evidence together into a convincing argument against the traditional views of many historians. I'm certainly in agreement with most of her theories (not that I wasn't before).
If I Let You Go
by Kyra Lennon
Published by Smashwords
Madison Connor is about to lose it. Her job, that is. For three years, she’s taken care of Dominic Hartley’s five year old daughter, Tilly, but her world is flipped on its head when Dominic tells her his latest promotion is taking him to New York. With Tilly having a meltdown over the move, Madison and Dominic get into a fight that changes the entire nature of their relationship, causing Madison to ask herself a big question. Can she let him go?
Picked up free as part of Sally Quillford's birthday celebrations. This was a cute story that could have done with being a little longer in my opinion. I never entirely figured out why the hero acted the way he did at the beginning of the story.
The Complete Servant
by Samuel and Sarah Adams
Published by Southover Press
First published 1825. A fascinating source of social history and a guide to backstairs living in both large and modest houses of the late Georgian era. Advice to employers and their servants from an ex-butler and an ex-housekeeper, dealing not only with the kitchen but also with the house, stables and garden, and with an unusual section on menservants' duties over a period when little is known about them. 30 categories of servants' duties are discussed, and also the duties of employers toward them; these last are surprisingly humane and tolerant. Introduction by Pamela Horn.
A very comprehensive guide to the servants required in Georgian houses of all sizes. Recipes for all manner of dishes and cleaning stuffs are included too.
by Russ Gregory
Published by Bold Strokes Books
Greg Honey has bigger issues than a sketchy tagline for his one-man detective agency. To start with, his mother is pressuring him to date debutantes, his stalker keeps leaving threatening messages, his new boyfriend is at least four levels higher up on the gay boy food chain, and his best friend, Willa, has lost her panties. To top it all off, things keep pointing toward trouble at the family estate. Will Greg figure out what’s going on in time to help Willa find her panties? Lord knows he wants to because Greg is more than a detective... he’s also a Honey.
To be reviewed on The Good the Bad and the Unread.