‘The Order of the White Boar’

Welcome! To all new members of the Order!

The group of friends who have sworn lifelong loyalty – to each other and to their good lord, King Richard III.

Read about their adventures in The Order of the White Boar and The King’s Man (out 26 May 2018). The paperback and ebook can be ordered from Amazon at myBook.to/WhiteBoar and mybook.to/TheKingsMan, from Blurb at http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/8167813-the-order-of-the-white-boar and http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/8770224-the-king-s-man or by contacting AlexMarchant84@gmail.com.

The Order of the White Boar follows the adventures of Matthew Wansford, 12-year-old page to Duke Richard of Gloucester, at Middleham Castle and in Westminster, from the summer of 1482. The King’s Man picks up the story in the spring of 1483, as the Year of the Three Kings unfolds . . .


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And don’t forget, if you and/or your young people enjoy the book, please leave a review on Amazon, GoodReads or elsewhere – thank you!


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Interview my Character: Eleanor Elder

Today’s interview….

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Today it is my stop on the Historical Writers’ Character Blog Hop, where we interview historical characters, both real and fictional. Watch out for Nicholaa de la Haye coming later in the tour!

And there’s a giveaway! the author has kindly offered a paperback copy of Echoes of Treason to a UK winner, or an ebook to a winner elsewhere in the world. To enter, simply leave a comment below or on the Facebook page. The draw will be made on 12 June. Good luck!

I would like to welcome Lady Eleanor Elder to History…the Interesting Bits. Lady Eleanor is one of the principal characters in Derek Birks’ wonderful series of books, The Craft of Kings, the latest instalment of which, Echoes of Treason was released in May.Ever since I first read Feud, about 5 years ago, Lady Eleanor has become something of a heroine…

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#HistoricalFiction Writers ‘Interview My Character’ Blog Hop – now underway!

The first two interviews on this exciting blog hop have now been posted. Read about both Angle-Saxon warrior Byrhtnoth and fifteenth-century lady Eleanor Elder in their own words at:




Why not let them introduce you to what may become some of your new favourite books?

The rest of the schedule for the Blog Hop is as follows:

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Matthew looks forward to saying hello on 20 July!


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Interview with SchoolsHistory.org.uk: #HistoricalFiction, research, classroom visits

Dan Moorhouse of the Schools History website and Facebook page was kind enough to interview me about my books and working with schools for English and history lessons. It begins:

Alex Marchant writes historical fiction set against the background of the Wars of the Roses. The Order of the White Boar and The Kings Man use the life of Richard III to weave stories that are ideal for readers from Key Stage 2 upwards. In this interview Alex outlines uses of the books in several Primary Schools, the research that goes into her books and offers insights into the way in which historical fiction is written.

Your books are set against the backdrop of the Wars of the Roses and the life of Richard III. What was it that caught your attention about this period and your particular interest in Richard?

My first real encounter with King Richard III was in the school library when I was about 14 or 15 – browsing the shelves for my next read, I came across a book with the intriguing title The Daughter of Time by an author called Josephine Tey. I’d always been fascinated by history, particularly the medieval period, and often read historical fiction (Rosemary Sutcliff, Geoffrey Trease, Henry Treece among others), but this turned out to be something quite different….

The rest of the interview can be found at:



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With students from Grange Tech College, Bradford

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#HistoricalFiction Character Blog Hop! Starts 3 June

Do you enjoy historical fiction? Not sure where to find your next favourite author – or character?
For something a little different, why not follow the upcoming Historical Writers Forum ‘Character Blog Hop’!
Along with sixteen other historical fiction authors, I’ll be interviewing a character from someone else’s novel here on my blog, and in turn, one of my characters will be interviewed by another author.
We’ll each be sharing all the other interviews on our blogs and Facebook, etc., so why not come along and meet us all? 😃
Full details of the schedule will be posted soon. Fun starts Monday 3rd June. 📚📖

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#UKIndieLitFest takeover – this Sunday 7pm by attending author Alex Marchant

It’s now only two days to go till my take-over of the UK Indie Lit Fest social group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ukindielitfest/

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Come along at 7 pm BST on Sunday 26th for an hour of chat and giveaways about King Richard and historical fiction – and a little more!
You have to be a member of the group to take part so don’t be surprised if you’ve received an invite to join – and do just follow the link if you haven’t! https://www.facebook.com/groups/ukindielitfest/ (Don’t be offended if I haven’t got round to inviting you directly – there’s only so many invitations I can send out at once! Thank you to everyone who’s responded so far.)

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And don’t forget – it’s not just me. Lots of other attending authors, covering every conceivable genre (probably!) will also be doing take-overs over the next few weeks. You never know – you may well find your next favourite author(s)! 😁📚🐗


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#UKIndieLitFest take-over, Sunday 26 May at 7pm – be there! #giveaways #HistoricalFiction

Now that all the submissions for ‘Right Trusty and Well Beloved…’ are safely gathered in (bar one or two possibly…I’m not so strict that I can’t extend the deadline a little  ), my thoughts are turning to my next event (mainly to distract me from the very difficult process of selecting the pieces for inclusion…)
Next Sunday evening 26 May from 7pm BST, I’ll be hosting a one-hour take-over of the Indie Lit Fest social group in advance of attending the festival on 27 July this year – and it would be lovely to see some of my WordPress, Twitter and Facebook friends and fellow authors there!

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It’ll be on the first anniversary of my first virtual launch – of ‘The King’s Man’ – and I’ll be celebrating that anniversary – and another very important anniversary from some 30 years ago…more about that on the day.

There will be competitions, giveaways and general chat. So why not come along and see what’s going on – even if you can’t make it to the festival itself in July!

I’ll be taking the liberty of inviting a few friends along to join the group in advance, as you have to be a member to participate – so please don’t be surprised at any invitations you might receive! Of course, you don’t have to wait to be invited… 
Hope to see you there 😃🐗📚🖋🍾

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12 hours to go… Final call for submissions to ‘Right Trusty and Well Beloved….’ #RichardIII #anthology

There’s little less than 12 hours to go until the deadline for submissions to ‘Right Trusty and Well Beloved…’, the new anthology of short fiction and poetry inspired by King Richard III to be sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK).
We’ve received a wonderful variety of submissions and have so enjoyed reading them so far – will there be a few more still to come?
Don’t forget – please send your short story or poem to me at AlexMarchant84@gmail.com by midnight BST tonight for your chance to be a part of this new charity anthology, and to be in with a chance to win one of our lovely prizes, generously donated by contributors to the previous anthology, ‘Grant Me the Carving of My Name‘, including Frances Quinn’s exquisite artwork. 😃
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The final selection for the book will be announced on or around 30th June here and on my Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/AlexMarchantAuthor/
As they say in all the best competition rules (!),the judges’ selection is final, and only those writers who have been selected will be contacted directly at that time. (Apologies in advance to everyone else, but pressure of time means that we won’t be able to discuss non-selection individually. Thank you for your understanding. 😃)
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