‘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 . . .


Order Of The White Boar_3d-book            The book on white background

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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Reminder: Call for #submissions to #RichardIII anthology! #ShortStories #HistFic

The deadline for submissions to the new Ricardian anthology, ‘Right Trusty and Well Beloved…’ may be a full two months away, but entries are already coming in – and the standard looks to be very high indeed. Thank you to everyone who has sent a story or a poem to me already.


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If you haven’t yet, there is of course plenty of time left for you to polish a piece of fiction you may already have written or to write one from scratch.
I have amended the suggested word counts slightly – and please remember they are only suggestions. I’m happy to receive any piece of prose fiction inspired by King Richard up to around 4,000 words or poetry up to about 40 lines. (The 500 word guideline for ‘flash fiction’ is more to let you know we love to read short pithy pieces as much as longer stories. In the previous anthology we had a range of lengths, from about 200 words up, and it was a nice variety.)

For more details, please check out my blog post at https://alexmarchantblog.wordpress.com/…/call-for-submissi…/ and scroll to ‘the Boring Bit’. If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Good luck with your entries!

Loyaulte me lie. 😃🐗📚

Details of the first anthology, Grant Me the Carving of My Name can be found at mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving




book on bus shelter


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A special batch of #BookReviews!

What a fantastic surprise in the post this weekend! The first reviews of The Order of the White Boar from the Grange Technology College KS3 reading group. They certainly seem to have enjoyed reading it – in many cases, their first taste of historical fiction.

I particularly liked the comments saying ‘an amazing storyline and fantastic characters – I could imagine everything in my head as if I was really there!’, and the student who had gone to the trouble to age the paper she wrote on. Something I remember doing when I was younger – along with making scrolls with seals, of course. 😃
Many thanks to the students – and they’ll be popped into the hat for the prize draw (for reviews from under-18s) – details here:

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chill with a book the order of the white boar by alex marchant


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‘Not quite Route 66’: the Great North Road & #RichardIII

My latest blog for Authors Electric – the joys of the Great North Road and its links to King Richard III:

“In a few days’ time, I’ll be setting off southwards for a few days with family.

Having been born in Surrey in the south of England, but lived for more than two decades in Yorkshire in the north, this is a journey I undertake several times a year. …”





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Christine de Pizan – a small cameo! #amwriting #SnippetSunday #KingInWaiting

The following article about a Christine de Pizan illuminated manuscript reminded me of a moment in my work in progress, so, as it’s #SnippetSunday I thought I might share a little with you…


“A week or so later, Alys sought me out in the pleasure gardens during a break from my duties.
‘Reading?’ she asked, looking down at me, clutching her furred mantle close about her. ‘As always.’
I got to my feet, snapping shut the book I had borrowed from the palace library. My duties here were not burdensome and now left me plenty of time to amuse myself among the Duchess’s fine collection.
‘Don’t be daft, Matt. You needn’t stand up for me.’ She sat down on the wooden bench, taking the leather volume from my chilly hands as I lowered myself down again beside her. ‘Poetry?’
Her lithe fingers flicked through to the richly decorated title page, then paused.
‘Christine de Pizan?’ She raised her eyes to mine. ‘”The Book of Deeds of Arms and Chivalry”. Battle strategy? Not your usual taste.’
‘The Duchess has such a variety in her collection – and besides, I read all the poetry while you were still in England. It was only ten shelves worth after all – barely even a week’s reading, let alone a year’s.’
My lame attempt at a joke, even with an accompanying smile, didn’t fool her.
‘Oh, Matt – were you so very lonely? In your letters – those that reached me anyway – you always seemed so cheerful.’
‘No, not at all,’ I tried to protest. ‘Everyone here is very friendly, I had new duties to learn, another language to perfect. And I’ve been continuing my training with the Duchess’s weapons master. I’ve hardly had time to think, let alone be lonely.’…”


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World Book Day 2019

On Thursday 7th March it’s World Book Day – that special day when people all over the globe celebrate books and reading (and perhaps also writing). And UK primary schools in particular encourage students to come in dressed as their favourite book character (or at least the one that their parents/carers can manage to find/construct a costume for… 😉 ). They also plan special events to promote all things book-ish. 📖📚📗
My local primary school has chosen a very special theme this year – knights and castles. 👑🏰 I wonder why that might be? 🤔 Maybe it’s something to do with the guest they’ve invited?…
Yes, I’m thrilled to be visiting Lees Primary School in West Yorkshire on Thursday to celebrate World Book Day with the Key Stage 2 pupils. I’ve been asked to chat about my books (and of course my main characters), read from ‘The Order of the White Boar’ and answer questions at a special assembly in the afternoon, followed by a book signing session to which parents/carers and members of the public are very welcome.
Copies of ‘The Order of the White Boar‘, its sequel ‘The King’s Man’ (both suitable for ages 10+) and the charity anthology ‘Grant Me the Carving of My Name‘ will be available to buy. (Discount vouchers will be available for all local schoolchildren.)
If you’re in the area from around 3.15pm, please do call in – it would be lovely to see you! 😁
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York launch for #RichardIII charity anthology ‘Grant Me the Carving of My Name’

Hot on the heels of my call for submissions to the second anthology of short fiction inspired by King Richard III, Right Trusty and Well Beloved…,  I’m delighted to announce that the first anthology, Grant Me the Carving of My Name, will be officially launched on Saturday 4 May in York, the city King Richard himself called home.


From 2 pm til 3.30 pm, six of the contributors to our anthology – Wendy Johnson, Susan Lamb,  Joanne R. Larner, Marla Skidmore, Jennifer C. Wilson and myself – will be hosting an afternoon of talks, Q&As, readings, and signings (of the anthology and our individual work) at Explore York, the central library in King Richard’s fair city.

Do come along if you can and discover more about the king’s connections with the city, about the man himself, and about what it’s like to write about him and his times. Between the six of us, we cover a variety of genres, from straight historical fiction, to romance, paranormal, time-slip, and of course children’s/young adult.

Everyone is welcome!

For full details please go to:



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Call for submissions to new #RichardIII anthology!

Following the success of Grant Me the Carving of My Name, the first anthology of short fiction inspired by King Richard III sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK), I’m pleased to announce plans for a second anthology.

kindle book and coffee

Many people asked to be included in that first anthology after the line-up of stories was finalized, or have since expressed an interest in being included in a second one. Some have offered existing stories or poetry, or plan to write something new specially for a collection.


The first anthology comprised contributions mostly from published authors whom I had previously met, either in person or virtually, and whom I knew would have something already written/almost finished. This was vital as time was short when I started planning the anthology and the aim was to publish before Christmas. The full story of how it all came about can be found at https://maryanneyarde.blogspot.com/2019/01/an-authors-inspiration-by-alex-marchant.html.


With fellow contributors Marla Skidmore and Janet Reedman at Bosworth re-enactment weekend

This time I would like to cast the net wider and encourage everyone who is interested to submit their work for consideration, not just published authors. Whether you write short stories, flash fiction or poetry inspired by King Richard, I would love to hear from you. Please also encourage any friends or family members to submit.

In order to inject a little excitement into the process (!) and optimize the fundraising for SAUK, the call for submissions is being launched as a competition.

There are a few very simple rules (see below) and there will be one or two prizes for outstanding entries (most of the contributors to the first anthology have offered signed paperbacks of their books from which one may be chosen or – in the case of Frances Quinn – a painting: full details to come).


The aim will be to publish the best of the entries in paperback and ebook form on or around 1 November 2019 – in good time for Christmas and all those stockings to be filled. The deadline for entries will be 11.59 p.m. UK time on Sunday 19th May – allowing plenty for time for you to polish up an existing piece of writing (or two or three…), or to compose something completely new. And I hope this also gives plenty of time for you to spread the word to any Ricardians or anyone else you may know who might also wish to enter.

For perhaps a little inspiration (if it’s needed), a title for the new anthology has already been chosen, namely ‘Right Trusty and Well Beloved…’ As many Ricardians will know, this is the opening to many of the king’s letters (as it remains for the monarch to this day). To me, the words speak of the loyalty that was such an important part of King Richard’s life and of his continuing story over the centuries.

I hope that we can use this second anthology as a means to inspire and inform many others about King Richard, his life and times, and about the condition from which he suffered – and also to help raise funds to support people with the condition today.

I’m very much looking forward to reading your contributions!

Loyaulte me lie.


The boring bit…

  1. Submission is invited of pieces of short fiction (up to about 4,000 words), flash fiction (up to about 500 words) and poetry (up to about 40 lines) (in English only please) inspired by King Richard III. (Lengths are approximate and no minimum length is required. King Richard himself does not have to appear in the piece, but some connection is required. Pieces may be previously published or self-published, but you must own copyright and will be responsible for securing any necessary permissions if selected. Not-yet-published authors are positively encouraged to submit!)
  2. Please submit your entries to AlexMarchant84@gmail.com. Please either cut and paste the piece in the actual email, or attach as a Word document (ideally in 12 pt Times, double line spaced with indented paragraphs).
  3. A donation to SAUK of minimum £2.50 is requested on submission (approx. US$3.50 / 3.00 euros). Details of how to donate will be included in a confirmation email. (Please be patient – I will confirm receipt as soon as possible, but it may take some time…)
  4. Deadline for entries is 11.59 p.m. UK time on Sunday 19th May 2019.
  5. The editor(s) will endeavour to make the selection of pieces to be included in the anthology, and notify the authors of the chosen entries, by the end of June.*
  6. Editing of the anthology will take place in July and August. This will entail normal copyediting, and also may include suggestions from the editor(s) for changes to be made. Prompt responses would be appreciated. Authors will be asked to submit a brief biography and details of any publications, social media, etc. for inclusion in the anthology. (See previous anthology for likely format.) All submissions must be finalized by 31st August for inclusion in the anthology. No changes will be allowed after that date (except for essential amendments during the proofreading stage during September-October.)
  7. All authors will retain copyright of their contributions.
  8. Publication will be on or around 1st November 2019.
  9. All proceeds from sales of the anthology will be donated to SAUK. Author paperback copies will be made available to contributors (via Amazon KDP) at cost price (including postage) on the understanding that profits from any sales will be donated to SAUK. (Personal copies/gifts are of course outside this stipulation, although donations are of course always welcome!)
  10. All contributors will be asked to help promote the anthology on social media or elsewhere. Invitations will be issued to take part in any online or ‘bricks and mortar’ launch that may be planned.

Please contact me at AlexMarchant84@gmail.com with any queries you may have.

*If there are insufficient entries of appropriate quality, the editor(s) reserve the right not to proceed with ebook/paperback publication. In that unlikely event, authors of selected pieces may be offered publication on this blog and via Facebook/Twitter instead.





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