‘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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First author event of the year! Done and dusted (with a sprinkling of snow….)

I’ve just returned from a lovely trip to Barnard Castle, one of King Richard’s favourite homes.

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Baranard Castle, with the window added by King Richard to take advantage of a beautiful view of the River Tees

I was invited by the Northern Dales Richard III Group to come along to their monthly meeting and read my short story ‘The Beast of Middleham Moor’ (my contribution to the anthology Grant Me the Carving of My Name) and answer questions afterwards. I duly did (in my newly acquired medieval outfit…more about that later) and I’d like to thank the members and other attendees for sitting all the way through it without fidgeting! It was lovely to be welcomed by so many enthusiastic Ricardians and others interested in the history of his period – and thank you also for your kind words afterwards.

Travelling homewards down the old Great North Road (the A1(M) – well, roughly the same route anyway), I was amazed to see my first lambs of the year.


Up in Bronte Country (though further south), they won’t be in evidence for another month or more. And it reminded me, not only of the ‘grey-wall-bounded fields, speckled white with lamb-heavy sheep’ of ‘The Beast’, but also Matthew’s amazement when travelling south from Yorkshire with Richard in April of 1483 in the early part of The King’s Man:

‘Spring had seemed to be racing ahead of us as we rode down from Middleham. Here the hawthorn was already in full flower although it was not yet May. We had left tiny lambs sheltering from the biting wind behind high stone walls, watching their mothers grazing the sparse late winter grass, while here boys and their dogs stood guard over flocks of sheep almost half-grown.’ 

What a difference a few metres of altitude or degrees of latitude make! 

And I arrived home to snow on the ground. 

Spring may be coming, but winter is definitely still here. An ideal time to ‘gather round the flames and tell ghost stories as we hear the villagers do on long winter’s night’, as a certain king says in ‘The Beast’. Perhaps a story or two from Grant Me the Carving…?  🐗📚

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Barnet Medieval Festival – a review – and preview?

Where does an aspiring Ricardian author go to sell books? Medieval festivals of course, among a variety of other events.

And what was my first such festival? Funnily enough, it was at the site of King Richard’s first battle…

And after I’d attended, the Mid-Anglia Branch of the Richard III Society asked me if I would submit a review of this relatively new festival for their newsletter. Would I? Of course. You can find it at:


I had a wonderful time at the festival and was delighted to hear it would be running again, on the weekend of 8-9th June 2019, and likely bigger and even better – and hopefully still free to enter! Details can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/639586123089392/

Sadly I won’t be there this year (I have a daughter with both a big birthday and a punishing exam schedule around then), but hope to be back for 2020… and who knows, perhaps with a new book?

I am, however, hoping to attend various other festivals during 2019. Watch this space…




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‘An author’s inspiration’, Or ‘Acting on Impulse – look where it gets you’!

The wonderful Mary Anne Yarde has yet again allowed me the chance to chat on her fantastic blog – this time about how our charity anthology Grant Me the Carving of My Name came about.
Many thanks Mary Anne! 😃

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An Author’s Inspiration

I’ve never thought of myself as someone who is particularly spontaneous, who acts on impulse or has an idea and runs with it with hardly a thought as to the consequences. Not until recently, anyway. Now I’m beginning to wonder. Have I perhaps been spending too much time with one of the leading characters in my books?….


The full post can be found here:
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My latest blog post for @AuthorsElectric (with a fantastic image (c) @EllieFP)

The latest in my regular blog posts for Authors Electric.

Something a little different – not about Richard III or historical fiction but nodding at a relatively new genre – climate fiction or cli-fi. Little did I know when I stumbled across this while at my day job that I had myself inadvertently written a book in the genre…


(c) Ellie Foreman-Peck


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2019 kicks off… with some upcoming events

2019 gets off to an exciting start!
First up, I’m featured author this week (13-20th January) on The Historical Fiction Book Club on Facebook (thank you DK Marley) (https://www.facebook.com/groups/historicalfictionbookclub/) As it’s a ‘private’ group, if you’re not already a member, you will have to join to ask questions. Please do come along and ask whatever you like (within reason, of course! I reserve the right not to answer certain questions  )

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Next, I’m very much looking forward to an evening appointment in Barnard Castle with the wonderful Northern Dales Richard III Group on Monday 21st January. I’ll be reading my short(ish) story ‘The Beast of Middleham Moor’ (featured in the anthology Grant Me the Carving of My Name) and chatting about my children’s novels about King Richard III. Everyone is welcome, so if you’re in the area, do come along (and bring some more of those questions ). Full details can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/Northern-Dales-Richard-III-Group-1555111188072365/)

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Following that I have various library and school visits lined up – more details later. And I’m currently planning my programme for the rest of the year. If you know of a group, school or library who would welcome a visit, or an event where a reading or talk might be a useful addition, please do drop me a line.
Let’s get the message out there about the real King Richard and the joy of reading! 😃🐗👑



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Another fabulous 5* review for ‘The King’s Man’! “I would highly recommend this as an excellent read”

As a newish author, checking your books on Amazon or GoodReads and finding your review counter has inched up again is always exciting – and especially so when you discover this sort of review waiting for you!
Another fantastic 5* review for ‘The King’s Man‘. Very many thanks to Pam Golden for taking the time to post it. I’m so glad you enjoyed both books!
I loved this sequel to The Order of the Boar.
Told from the perspective of a loyal page, it gives flesh and bones to the little known details of Richard III’s reign. It links well with its prequel and takes the story forward to more familiar historical events, but from a very different angle from the usual Tudor propaganda.
It is a warm and affectionate understanding of the King and his motives, whilst exciting and full of danger, just as those uncertain times would have been. It also gives a very plausible explanation of the Princes in the tower – history’s biggest unsolved mystery.
I would highly recommend this as an excellent read, both for children and adults. I await the next book with interest.
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A Discovering Diamonds review for ‘The King’s Man’!

Continuing my current habit of missing all sorts of happenings, I’m delighted to announce (somewhat belatedly) that The King’s Man has received a Discovering Diamonds review. 💎
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“Although a young adult novel this is an engaging read for adults… who want a good story with none of the graphic gore of battle or overt sexuality, and yet come away with a good sense of the momentous events of this period”
“uses the latest knowledge on what happened to Richard … to build a plausible version of events”
Many thanks to Helen Hollick and her team! 😃📚🐗




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