‘The Order of the White Boar’

Welcome – to all new members of the Order of the White Boar!

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, The King’s Man and now King in Waiting (pub. 17 Sept. 2021). A fourth book in the sequence, Sons of York, will be published in 2022.

The paperbacks and ebooks can be ordered from all good bookshops, via Amazon at myBook.to/WhiteBoar and mybook.to/TheKingsMan, or by contacting me direct at AlexMarchant84@gmail.com.

The Order of the White Boar follows the adventures of Matthew Wansford, 12-year-old page to Duke Richard of Gloucester, and his friends, Alys, Roger, Elen and little Ed, at Middleham Castle from the summer of 1482. The King’s Man continues the story in the spring of 1483, as the Year of the Three Kings unfolds.

King in Waiting picks up the story of Matt and his friends in 1486, the early part of the reign of a certain Henry Tudor…

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Book signing at King Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester

I’m excited to announce that this coming Saturday, 23 October, I will be once more visiting the King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester, built at the site of the king’s grave and aimed at telling his story.

The Centre, which has stocked the first two Order of the White Boar books since their publication in 2017 and 2018 and was the site of the official launch of The King’s Man, has kindly invited me back to sign copies of King in Waiting (and the other two books) and to read from my books as part of their activities for the half-term school holidays.

My previous visit, with Pilgrim the Peregrine

I’ll be at the Centre from approx 11 am, so why not come and say hello if you happen to be in the area?

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 Boar and The King’s Manand a third in the sequence, King in Waiting, which continues the adventures of the young members of the Order in the following years. A fourth book, Sons of York, is due out in 2022.

Alex is also editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by King Richard, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). 

Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time, relating the adventures of Allie Turner through a doorway into history found under layers of old wallpaper at ancient Priory Farm.

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/KinginWaiting

mybook.to/WhiteBoarBooks1-2

mybook.to/TimeoutofTime

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

Instagram: AlexMarchantAuthor

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99p/99c bargains on books 1 & 2 of ‘The Order of the White Boar’!

Tomorrow I’ll be celebrating the launch of King in Waiting, continuing the story of the life and legacy of King Richard III through the eyes of the Order of the White Boar 🐗

Why not join my special guests, Nicola Cornick, Matthew Lewis and Janet Reedman, and me at our launch party tomorrow Sunday 3-6pm BST at:

https://www.facebook.com/events/369589204506035

And to make it extra special, the first two ebooks in the sequence are now only 99p/99c – and of course FREE to read on #KindleUnlimited

myBook.to/WhiteBoar & mybook.to/TheKingsMan

Why not share these 5⭐ bargains with friend & family, and invite them also to our launch? The more the merrier.

And of course King in Waiting is available in ebook & paperback at: mybook.to/KinginWaiting 👑

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 Boar and The King’s Manand a third in the sequence, King in Waiting, which continues the adventures of the young members of the Order in the following years. A fourth book, Sons of York, is due out in 2022.

Alex is also editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by King Richard, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). 

Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time, relating the adventures of Allie Turner through a doorway into history found under layers of old wallpaper at ancient Priory Farm.

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/KinginWaiting

mybook.to/WhiteBoarBooks1-2

mybook.to/TimeoutofTime

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

Instagram: AlexMarchantAuthor

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A third special guest for the launch of ‘King in Waiting’…

My third special guest for Sunday’s online launch of King in Waiting is another historical novelist who likely needs no introduction, especially among Ricardians.

Janet Reedman is another bestselling author, known particularly for several novels inspired by King Richard, especially the superbly researched I, Richard Plantagenet, three volumes (to date) telling his story in the first person.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01KKUXNYY

Janet has also written many other medieval-set novels, several casting a spotlight on women who may have been sadly neglected by mainstream history, along with works in a variety of other genres, including much of the folklore and folk history of England.

I do hope you will come along and join Janet and my other guests, Nicola Cornick and Matthew Lewis, to celebrate the publication of King in Waiting, plus all things historical, on Sunday 26 September between 3 and 6 pm BST at https://www.facebook.com/events/369589204506035/

Janet’s website is: http://stone-lord.blogspot.com/

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 Boar and The King’s Manand a third in the sequence, King in Waiting, which continues the adventures of the young members of the Order in the following years. A fourth book, Sons of York, is due out in 2022.

Alex is also editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by King Richard, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). 

Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time, relating the adventures of Allie Turner through a doorway into history found under layers of old wallpaper at ancient Priory Farm.

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/KinginWaiting

mybook.to/WhiteBoarBooks1-2

mybook.to/TimeoutofTime

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

Instagram: AlexMarchantAuthor

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Another very special guest for the launch of ‘King in Waiting’…

Today I’m delighted to introduce the second of my fabulous special guests for Sunday’s launch of King in Waiting, although, again, it’s unlikely she’ll need much introduction!

Nicola Cornick is of course an international bestselling author of books in a range of genres, particularly historical and romance, more recently exploring timeslip and dual-timelines, drawing on her background and many present activities in medieval and public history. She is a past chair of the Romantic Novelists Association.

Nicola’s latest bestseller, The Last Daughter, weaves what has been called ‘an engrossing mystery to keep the reader turning the pages’. It draws on the history and mystery of Minster Lovell in Oxfordshire, and features a certain Anne Lovell, wife, of course, to one of my own leading men in ‘King in Waiting’…

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Daughter…/dp/0008278520

I do hope you will come along and join Nicola and my other guests, Matthew Lewis and Janet Reedman, on Sunday 26 September between 3 and 6 pm BST. We’ll look forward to seeing you there!

If you haven’t signed up already, full details of the launch can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/369589204506035/

Nicola’s website is: https://www.nicolacornick.co.uk/

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 Boar and The King’s Manand a third in the sequence, King in Waiting, which continues the adventures of the young members of the Order in the following years. A fourth book, Sons of York, is due out in 2022.

Alex is also editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by King Richard, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). 

Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time, relating the adventures of Allie Turner through a doorway into history found under layers of old wallpaper at ancient Priory Farm.

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/KinginWaiting

mybook.to/WhiteBoarBooks1-2

mybook.to/TimeoutofTime

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

Instagram: AlexMarchantAuthor

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My first very special guest for launch of ‘King in Waiting’…

With just a few days to go until the virtual launch of King in Waiting, next Sunday 26 September between 3 and 6 pm BST, I’m delighted to introduce the first of my guests.

Not that he needs much of an introduction, given his contribution to the research on King Richard III’s life and times over the past few years.

Historian Matthew Lewis is probably best known for his now-numerous books on King Richard, including the very well-received 2018 biography Richard III: Loyalty Binds Me, but I first ‘met’ him through his two novels, Loyalty and Honour and his incredibly informative blog. He has since widened his research to cover other subjects within England’s medieval period.

It’s fair to say Matt’s research and his rational approach to the subject have had a great influence on my own writing.

Along with many others, I was very happy to hear of Matt’s recent election to be Chair of the Richard III Society, and appreciate him taking time out of preparations for the imminent AGM and Members’ Day in York to join us on Sunday.

If you haven’t already, please sign up for the virtual launch at https://www.facebook.com/events/36958920450603

Matt’s website can be found at: https://www.mattlewisauthor.com/

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!

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 Boar and The King’s Manand a third in the sequence, King in Waiting, which continues the adventures of the young members of the Order in the following years. A fourth book, Sons of York, is due out in 2022.

Alex is also editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by King Richard, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). 

Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time, relating the adventures of Allie Turner through a doorway into history found under layers of old wallpaper at ancient Priory Farm.

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/KinginWaiting

mybook.to/WhiteBoarBooks1-2

mybook.to/TimeoutofTime

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

Instagram: AlexMarchantAuthor

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Virtual launch for ‘King in Waiting’

I’m pleased to announce that next Sunday, 26th September, between 3 and 6 pm BST, I will be hosting an online launch party on Facebook to celebrate publication (at long last!) of King in Waiting.

I’ll be welcoming some very special guests along, so I hope you’ll join us for a few hours of fun and chat about our favourite subjects – King Richard III, his life and times, and our historical writing of various kinds. Full details can be found at the event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/369589204506035/

Please feel free to share and invite and friends and family who may be interested in coming along. Hope to ‘see’ you there!

mybook.to/KinginWaiting

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 Boar and The King’s Man, and a third in the sequence, King in Waiting, which continues the adventures of the young members of the Order in the following years. A fourth book, Sons of York, is due out in 2022.

Alex is also editor of Grant Me the Carving of My Name and Right Trusty and Well Beloved…, two anthologies of short fiction inspired by King Richard, sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK). 

Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time, relating the adventures of Allie Turner through a doorway into history found under layers of old wallpaper at ancient Priory Farm.

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/KinginWaiting

mybook.to/WhiteBoarBooks1-2

mybook.to/TimeoutofTime

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

Instagram: AlexMarchantAuthor

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‘King in Waiting’ – Out today! #PublicationDay

*NEW*

King in Waiting – out today!

Continuing the adventures of the Order of the White Boar…


It’s 1486

King Richard III has been betrayed and killed

Victorious Henry Tudor sits uneasily on the throne of England

Richard’s loyal friend, Francis Lovell, plots revenge…

And Matthew Wansford and friends must seek their own road…


‘Evocative and intriguing’

‘Absolutely brilliant … I can heartily recommend it’


Suitable for ages 10 to adult


Available as ebook & paperbackFREE on #KindleUnlimited


mybook.to/KinginWaiting

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 Boar and 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). 

A third book in the ‘White Boar’ sequence, King in Waiting, is currrently available for pre-order and will be published on 17 September 2021, with the fourth, Sons of York, due out in 2022. Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time.

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/KinginWaiting

mybook.to/WhiteBoarBooks1-2

mybook.to/TimeoutofTime

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

Instagram: AlexMarchantAuthor

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One day to go … #KinginWaiting #PublicationDay

“‘Roger will be here soon. Tomorrow perhaps. And then the Order of the White Boar shall be together again…’

Alys’s face had shone with pleasure – pleasure I had also not seen in so very long. Not since … when? Before our parting in the Low Countries, when first Roger, then she, had returned to England to their different households? Before that fateful day in August? No, perhaps even longer ago – before the death of poor little Ed, far from us, far even from his parents, on that cold spring day in Middleham.

Not all the Order would be here…”

One day to go…

mybook.to/KinginWaiting

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 Boar and 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). 

A third book in the ‘White Boar’ sequence, King in Waiting, is currrently available for pre-order and will be published on 17 September 2021, with the fourth, Sons of York, due out in 2022. Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time.

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/KinginWaiting

mybook.to/WhiteBoarBooks1-2

mybook.to/TimeoutofTime

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

Instagram: AlexMarchantAuthor

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‘Master of Battle’ – guest post & extract from Stuart Rudge, author of ‘Legend of the Cid’

Breaking up my inexorable daily countdown to publication of King in Waiting, I’m delighted to welcome on to my blog again today Stuart Rudge, who has just released the fourth novel in his ‘Legend of the Cid’ series about legendary Spanish hero El Cid.

It seems only yesterday Stuart was last here on publication of Blood Feud – or indeed the first novel in the series, Rise of a Champion. Congratulations, Stuart, on the release of Master of Battle!

And to celebrate the book’s release, here are the blurb and an extract to tempt you to read more…

Master of Battle

Peace reigns in the Kingdom of Leon-Castile, and Antonio Perez returns to his native Asturias to discover the fate of his remaining family. Whilst there, he reconnects with Jimena, his childhood companion and the girl he once loved. But when his loyal friend Rodrigo and Jimena fall in love, Antonio is consumed by jealousy. As the wedding of two of his closest companions approaches, Antonio must battle his enemies and his inner demons, lest it lead to the ruin of all he holds dear.

Having secured his borders, Alfonso VI of Leon-Castile pushes south against the Moors. When a raid by the Moors threatens Castile, Rodrigo leads his men on a daring campaign of vengeance. But with the venture a credible threat to the uneasy peace Alfonso has brokered with the taifa kings, Rodrigo’s bravado could have dire consequences to himself and the security of the kingdom. With enemies old and new circling, will Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar find greatness on the battlefields of Hispania, and cement his reputation as one of the most feared warriors in the land, or will his actions lead to his ruin?

Master of Battle is the exhilarating fourth instalment of the Legend of the Cid.

Extract

Context: it is 1079AD, and the great fortress of Gormaz in Castile lies in ruin after an army of Moors has put the castle and surrounding village to the sword. In this extract, Rodrigo and Antonio learn the truth of what befell Gormaz, before Rodrigo conjures a plan to repay the transgression with bloody vengeance…

‘Horsemen coming from the east!’ called out a sentry.

We led our horses out from the gate to see a large band of men approach from the east, parallel to the river, and even in the waning light we could see it was the garrison of Gormaz. They rode without cohesion and slowed their pace as they passed through the remains of the village; some dismounted and helped in the efforts to move the dead, and a handful called out names, presumably of loved ones, whether it was in a lament or a desperate attempt to find them. We rode down to meet them, and I noted some of them were bloodied as if they had been involved in a recent fight.

‘Who commands you?’ Rodrigo called out as a handful rode to us.

‘I do,’ replied a tall, clean-shaven knight. His mail had been split at the right shoulder, and a trickle of blood sullied the metal links. ‘I am Sebastian Lopez de San Esteban de Gormaz.’

‘You best have a damned good reason why you are alive whilst this castle burns,’ growled Lifardus, and before we knew it more lords were hurling insults at the newcomers.

Rodrigo held up a hand. ‘Let him speak.’ Moments later the rowdy lords fell silent and awaited the report of Sebastian. ‘Why were you not in the castle when the Moors came?’

‘We left to hunt them,’ Sebastian replied. ‘Three days ago, our scouts reported a huge band of Moors were approaching. We saw the smoke from the south where they had already attacked. They came to the edge of the river, watched us, waiting for something. There must have been a hundred and fifty, perhaps two hundred. I knew their behaviour was highly irregular, for when the Moors raid, they take what they want then flee before we have a chance to react. But these men…were taunting us, challenging us almost. They even dismounted and took their prayers in the fields, such was their confidence! I could not allow them to wander the land so took most of my men and tried to engage them. They fled.

‘We chased them south and east for a day and a half. Each time we thought we were gaining on them their pace quickened, and when we tried to return here, they turned and threatened us, forcing us to confront them. Each time they refused to give battle. But as dusk arrived yesterday, a second band appeared, and their combined might fell upon us. I lost over a hundred men before we could fall back. We could not save the wounded. We retreated to some woods to the north, spent a fearful night there. When dawn arrived, we saw the smoke and cautiously returned, fearing the worst.’ A tear welled in his eye and his voice cracked. ‘I accept I acted rashly, and the deaths of all these men, women and children are on my hands. If you men deem it necessary to decide my fate now or send me to the king to receive my punishment, I will not protest.’

‘So why were the villagers not within the confines of the castle?’ I asked.

‘I do not know. I ordered them to safety, but I can only presume the garrison assumed the danger had passed and told them to return to their homes.’

‘How many men did you take with you? And what was the strength of the Moors?’

Sebastian swallowed. ‘Three hundred horsemen accompanied me to track down the initial band of a hundred or so. The second that attacked…easily seven hundred. We had no chance.’

‘Eight hundred Moors raiding across the land?’ Velasco exclaimed.

‘We should bring every man, woman and child in the area within the safety of the walls,’ Bermudo said. ‘If the Moors return…’

‘Why would they come back to a castle that has been stripped of everything?’ Childebrand enquired. ‘If they wanted to conquer it, they would still be here. There is nothing of worth left within its walls. They will not return. I would suggest men clear the wreckage within and rebuild what was destroyed. A fortress like this cannot stand empty for too long, lest the Moors be tempted to pillage this area once more.’

‘I will send for craftsmen to come from Ayllón,’ I put in. ‘They can help in the rebuilding of the castle.’

Two more lords from local castles followed my lead and pledged men and resources as I had. Sebastian was grateful for the assistance, but given what had happened to Gormaz on his watch I did not think he would be around much longer to oversee the rebuild. Once Alfonso discovered the truth of the events here, I feared the man would be exiled for his failure.

I noticed Rodrigo had fallen silent. He sat astride Babieca and simply gazed south, and one by one the other lords joined him in the tranquillity.

‘What are you thinking, lord?’ Lifardus asked.

Rodrigo kept his gaze fixated on the land over the Duero and drew a heavy breath before he finally spoke.

‘I am trying to determine how we can defeat eight hundred Moors with our numbers.’

The lords in attendance exchanged wide-eyed glances. Most seemed excited by Rodrigo’s proposition, and a smile curled upon Childebrand’s face and he sat up straight, giving his full attention to Rodrigo. Only Sebastian and I seemed concerned at the prospect of chasing down an enemy who outnumbered us.

‘You want to ride down the Moors?’ I asked, almost in disbelief.

‘Do you want to return to Ayllón and tell men you did nothing whilst the greatest fortress north of the Duero burned?’ Rodrigo bit back.

‘Go home if you wish,’ Childebrand frowned at me. ‘I declare my full support for any retaliation against the Moors. Are the rest of you men with this craven?’

The other lords once more exchanged unsure glances, before they nodded their consent, their voices rising in a crescendo of agreement. I alone remained unconvinced, and would not throw my support into the fray.

‘I would advise against this course of action,’ I said, disrupting the clamour.

‘Why?’ asked Childebrand.

I turned to Rodrigo. ‘You know of the situation in Tulaytula, of al-Qadir’s deposition and al-Mutawakkil holding the city in his stead?’ Rodrigo narrowed his eyes and nodded. ‘A few weeks ago, Alvar came to me and said Alfonso was marching to Tulaytula to help restore al-Qadir back to his domain. He suggested al-Mutawakkil would relinquish control of the taifa because he fears a war with Alfonso. If we were to tread this path and retaliate for the attack on Gormaz, it may be seen as a declaration of war upon Tulaytula. We may undermine everything our king is trying to achieve. The ramifications may be grave.’

Rodrigo’s stern visage flinched at the mention of Alfonso. Deep inside I knew he saw the sense in my concerns, but he would not allow himself to show it. He wanted vengeance like the rest of the men gathered on the slopes of a castle that burned.

‘Why would Alfonso care if we razed a few castles to the ground, enslaved a few Moors and stole their wealth?’ Lifardus asked.

‘Alfonso needs al-Qadir on the throne of Tulaytula,’ Rodrigo said carefully. ‘But al-Qadir is an incompetent fool and only rules in Tulaytula because he has the protection of Alfonso. Both men know this. By keeping al-Qadir on the throne, Alfonso can influence politics south of the Duero, keep the Moors at bay long enough to repopulate the land south of the Duero. Only then would we be in a position to strike further south.’

‘If we attack it may further undermine al-Qadir’s authority,’ I added. ‘Everything our king is working for could be thrown back into turmoil. That is why I urge caution.’

‘So we let them get away with what they have done?’ Sebastian cried. ‘Look at the corpses of the dead! Men, women and children, all butchered. Would you feel the same if your own family had joined them?’

‘I merely urge caution,’ I said through gritted teeth.

‘Your request for caution has been noted, Antonio,’ Rodrigo said with a hint of annoyance, ‘but it has been overruled. We will gather our men and ride south. I will lead this expedition. Does anybody object?’

None dared to challenge his authority, for Rodrigo had served as alferez of Castile to Sancho, had commanded raids like this before, and each man quietly gave thanks that a man of his ilk and ability led us into the fray. His gaze rested on my own, and after a moment of hesitation, I gave a slight nod to show my support.

‘Good. Now, where do you think the Moors came from?’ Rodrigo asked Sebastian.

‘My guess would be Medina Salim. Most of the raids come from the eastern end of the valley, though given the size of the raiding party I would wager men from Atienza and Sigüenza could have joined in the venture.’

Rodrigo turned to me. ‘Whether or not al-Qadir ordered this attack, the men across that valley made their choice. The men of Medina Salim will feel our wrath first.

‘We will source whatever food we can from the surrounding area. Each man will need rations for three days, no more. By then,’ his voice grew louder with passion, ‘we will gorge ourselves on the wares of these bastards who dared to trespass in our land, kill our people and burn our castles.’ The comment was met with jeers and cheers as Rodrigo whipped a frenzy within the soldiers gathered. ‘I promise every one of you will be rich with the trinkets and riches of al-Andalus. And once Medina Salim burns like Gormaz, the road to Tulaytula will be open for the taking; rich, ripe land untouched by raiders, ready to be harvested. Will you accompany me south and take vengeance on these heathens?’

‘Yes!’ we all roared.

‘Will you restore the pride of Leon-Castile?’

‘Yes!’

‘Then let us prepare ourselves. This will be a hard fight against a foe who will be defending his homeland, but they cannot stand against our wrath and our fury. Are you with me?’

A final roar of approval sounded

‘Relay these orders to your men, then rest and prepare yourselves. We shall discuss a sound battle plan on the morrow.’

The lords of Leon and Castile departed, buoyed by Rodrigo’s words, and gathered their men to inform them of the plan. There was a buzz, an excited chatter at the prospect of riding to war. These men were riled that the great castle of Gormaz had burned on their watch, and now they wanted blood in recompense.

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About the author:

Stuart Rudge was born and raised in Middlesbrough, where he still lives. His love of history came from his father and uncle, both avid readers of history, and his love of table top war gaming and strategy video games. He studied Ancient History and Archaeology at Newcastle University, and has spent his fair share of time in muddy trenches, digging up treasure at Bamburgh Castle.

He has worked in the retail sector and volunteered in museums, before working in York Minster, which he considered the perfect office. His love of writing blossomed within the historic walls, and he knew there were stories within which had to be told. Despite a move in to the shipping and logistics sector (a far cry to what he hoped to ever do), his love of writing has only grown stronger.

Master of Battle is the fourth instalment of the Legend of the Cid series, which began with Rise of a Champion. Stuart hopes to establish himself as a household name in the mound of Bernard Cornwell, Giles Kristian, Ben Kane and Matthew Harffy, amongst a host of his favourite writers.

Many thanks for being a guest on my blog today, Stuart!

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 Boar and 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). 

A third book in the ‘White Boar’ sequence, King in Waiting, is currrently available for pre-order and will be published on 17 September 2021, with the fourth, Sons of York, due out in 2022. Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time.

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/KinginWaiting

mybook.to/WhiteBoarBooks1-2

mybook.to/TimeoutofTime

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

Instagram: AlexMarchantAuthor

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Two days to go … #KinginWaiting #PublicationDay

“‘Planta genista,’ he said, leaning down to break off a sprig.

He threaded the golden bloom on to his horse’s headpiece, where it shone bright against the dark mane.

‘The lowly broom. The plant my forefathers named our family after …'”

Two days to go …

mybook.to/KinginWaiting

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 Boar and 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). 

A third book in the ‘White Boar’ sequence, King in Waiting, is currrently available for pre-order and will be published on 17 September 2021, with the fourth, Sons of York, due out in 2022. Alex has also published a standalone timeslip novel for readers aged 10+, Time out of Time.

Alex’s books can be found on Amazon at:

myBook.to/WhiteBoar

mybook.to/TheKingsMan

mybook.to/KinginWaiting

mybook.to/WhiteBoarBooks1-2

mybook.to/TimeoutofTime

mybook.to/GrantMetheCarving

mybook.to/RightTrusty

My Facebook author page 

My Twitter handle  and Matthew Wansford’s

Instagram: AlexMarchantAuthor

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