‘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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King Richard III and the book trade – revisited

Every now and again it’s pleasant to revisit a subject and today it’s the turn of King Richard III and his role in the book trade. This has been prompted by a chat I had yesterday in our local town with a political canvasser (did you know a general election is looming in the UK?!) Somehow we turned to medieval politics and he asked me what my ‘speciality’ was. I suppose I could have said ‘late medieval’ or ‘the Wars of the Roses’, but I went narrower and simply said ‘King Richard III’. He looked a little taken aback, then admitted that apart from the Battle of Bosworth (boo!) and Shakespeare’s play (boo hiss!!), he didn’t really know much about Richard – except that he didn’t reign for very long.

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Of course I pointed out that Shakespeare’s version was pure fiction (I don’t need to go into details here I imagine!), and that, although Richard was only on the throne for just over two years, he did more in that short time that most other monarchs. Especially – and here’s the crunch – for ‘ordinary’ people. People like you or me or the man I was talking to. (Of course, I’m making an assumption here – that no one reading this blog inhabits the higher echelons of the aristocracy. If you do hail from such a privileged background, may I humbly beg your pardon, Your Grace/Highness/Majesty….)

Given the context of our chat (i.e. political canvassing), I offered two distinct examples of King Richard’s concern for ‘ordinary’ people, rather than just the nobles of his day. First, that he was the first monarch to have the proceedings of his Parliament (the laws) written (and printed) in English, rather than French as had been usual (so that everyone could understand them, not just those descended from the Norman aristocracy – the same for his coronation oath, again the first time it was sworn in English). And then there was his protection for the book trade.

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And that’s where my blog-revisit comes in. I wish I’d had it to hand when talking to the gentleman yesterday as it details what Richard did and why – and yes, in answer to his question, it is believed that it was King Richard himself who made the change to the law detailed in the following blog to ensure books and education were as widely available as possible.

Please do read on…. you may also discover something about books that you didn’t know before!  https://alexmarchantblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/king-richard-iii-and-the-book-trade/

Alex Marchant is author of two books telling the story of the real King Richard III for children aged 10+, The Order of the White Boaand The King’s Man, and editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by the king, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). 

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty 

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

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“An Interview With Alex Marchant” by Esther Chilton

I meet some fantastic people at events around the country and back in the summer I was delighted to meet Esther Chilton, fellow author and editor, at the UK Indie Lit Fest in Bradford.

Esther Chilton

We had a lovely chat about children’s books and she asked me to guest on her blog at https://esthernewtonblog.wordpress.com/

She sent me some great questions to answer, including a knotty one about which of my books is my favourite (surely that’s no more possible to answer than which of my children is?!), and the results are on her blog today. So if you’re intrigued as to any aspect of my writing and how I came to write my books (including those yet to be published…), you might like to hop over to An Interview With Alex Marchant…

Many thanks to Esther for hosting me 😁

Alex Marchant is author of two books telling the story of the real King Richard III for children aged 10+, The Order of the White Boaand The King’s Man, and editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by the king, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). 

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty 

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

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#FREE #HistoricalFiction book – to UK school or library YOU nominate! #Giveaway

Last Friday I took part in Jennifer C. Wilson’s launch for her latest novel The Raided Heart at https://www.facebook.com/events/2545500392349693/, and I made the following giveaway offer:

“My aim in my books is to bring Richard’s real story to children far and wide, before they’re exposed to Shakespeare’s highly entertaining, but hugely inaccurate portrayal of his life in ‘The Tragedy of Richard III’. I aim to get The Order of the White Boar into as many schools and libraries in the UK as I can and I would like your help with that.

Please nominate a school (maybe a particular class) or library that you would like to receive a free copy. Simply tell me why (is your child or grandchild a pupil there? Is there a Ricardian connection in the town? Does the school not have much money to spend on new books?) and I will choose one lucky winner from among your answers.”

This offer is open until 8 pm GMT on Monday 25th November at the Jennifer’s launch page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2545500392349693/ – scroll down to ‘All posts’, click on that and scroll again to find the original post. Please comment underneath the post with your nomination of school or library. Or you can just DM me if you prefer!

You have a very good chance of winning as few nominations have yet been received! 😊🐗📚

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Alex Marchant is author of two books telling the story of the real King Richard III for children aged 10+, The Order of the White Boaand The King’s Man, and editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by the king, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). 

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty 

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

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#RichardIII in fiction – a #GoodReads list

For those of you who enjoy fiction about King Richard III (which I suspect may be most of you who are following this blog!), this may be of interest.

Keen Ricardian Kathy Kingsbury has compiled a list on GoodReads of more than eighty novels and short story collections featuring the King. Many you may already know – others may be new to you (as they are to me). I’m delighted to see both The Order of the White Boar and The King’s Man pretty high up the rankings, and both Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved.. feature.

Why not have a look? You may find a new favourite – or two. And don’t forget to vote for your old favourites too!

Kathy’s list can be found at:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/137023.Richard_III_In_Historical_Fiction

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Alex Marchant is author of two books telling the story of the real King Richard III for children aged 10+, The Order of the White Boaand The King’s Man, and editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by the king, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). 

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty 

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

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Winners announced of ‘Right Trusty and Well Beloved…’ launch #giveaways!

I’m very pleased to announce that the winners in the giveaways at last weekend’s Right Trusty and Well Beloved… launch event are as follows:

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Wendy Johnson’s signed copy of ‘Finding Richard III: The Official Story’ goes to Kathy Hills (who seems to have had to put up with quite a lot from her family and friends for her commitment to Richard!)

Wendy’s second copy goes to Sue Barnard (the answer was George Duke of Clarence, also born in October – the 21st in 1449)

Philippa Langley’s children’s book about Knights and Castles goes to Kade and Aidan, nominated by proud (and knowledgeable) Ricardian grandma Kris Palmer (the answers were 1. Fotheringhay 2.Tewkesbury 3. Cecily Neville and Richard Duke of York)

Nicola Slade’s The Convalescent Corpse will be on its way to Janet Reedman

Joanne Larner’s handpainted stone goes to Sue Barnard

And the Middleham bookmark will be winging its way to Vanessa Crouchman

Jen Wilson will be in touch direct with the winner of The Last Plantagenet?

Congratulations to everyone who won, and commiserations to those who entered but were not so lucky

Don’t forget ebooks and paperback of ‘Right Trusty…‘ can be bought from Amazon mybook.to/RightTrusty (where it can also be read for free on Kindle Unlimited) or direct from me – and if you’ve already enjoyed reading it, please do consider posting a review at Amazon and/or GoodReads. Every review helps the book to get noticed, and therefore adds to the funds raised for SAUK – and awareness of good King Richard himself!

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Alex Marchant is author of two books telling the story of the real King Richard III for children aged 10+, The Order of the White Boaand The King’s Man, and editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by the king, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). 

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty 

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

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#Giveaways from ‘Right Trusty & Well Beloved…’ launch event – still live!

Thank you to everyone who came along to yesterday’s launch event for Right Trusty and Well Beloved..., the new anthology of short stories and poetry inspired by King Richard III and sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK)

I hope you enjoyed it. I hope that you also entered all the competitions and giveaways.

If you didn’t enter, don’t forget that they will all remain ‘live’ until at least 7pm GMT on Tuesday 5th November, so it’s not too late to go over to the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/388574722021652  and throw your name into the hat!

Or alternatively visit my author Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AlexMarchantAuthor where each of the relevant posts have been shared.

On offer are:

Philippa Langley’s offer of The Pocket Edition of 100 Facts – Knights and Castles by Miles Kelly
Wendy Johnson’s two copies of Finding Richard III: The Official Story
Nicola’s Slade’s A Convalescent Corpse
Jen Wilson’s The Last Plantagenet?
Joanne Larner’s hand-painted mini-portrait of Richard on a stone
A Middleham wooden bookmark

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The Last Plantagenet?: A Ricardian Romance by [Wilson, Jennifer C., Press, Ocelot]

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Good luck!

And if you’ve bought a copy of Right Trusty and Well Beloved… and enjoyed reading it, please do also consider posting a review on Amazon and/or GoodReads. Reviews, however brief, are always appreciated (especially if they’re 5* ones!) and also of course they help other potential readers find out about the book.

Many thanks and Loyalte me lie!

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Alex Marchant is author of two books telling the story of the real King Richard III for children aged 10+, The Order of the White Boaand The King’s Man, and editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by the king, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). 

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty 

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

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**NEW** ‘Right Trusty and Well Beloved…’, #RichardIII-inspired charity anthology, now live!

I’m delighted to announce that the ebook of Right Trusty and Well Beloved..., the second anthology of short stories and poetry inspired by King Richard III and sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK) is now live!! 

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If you’ve preordered it, it should have been delivered to your ereader by now
The ebook is also FREE to read on Kindle Unlimited
The paperback is not yet available on Amazon, but should be later today at the same place, priced £5.99/$7.99 – an announcement will be made once it’s there
Happy reading!

And don’t forget the book’s virtual launch this Sunday 3 November from 3pm GMT at:

https://www.facebook.com/events/388574722021652

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And of course, if you do enjoy the stories and poems therein, please consider leaving a review on Amazon and/or GoodReads! Thank you

The other authors and I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday 🐗😃📚
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Alex Marchant is author of two books telling the story of the real King Richard III for children aged 10+, The Order of the White Boaand The King’s Man, and editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by the king, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). 

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty 

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

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