Category Archives: BOOK REVIEW

Forest, deer parks and hunting in the time of chivalry

Forest, deer parks and hunting in the time of chivalry


Like the inclusion of crenellations, the creation of a deer park required a license from the Crown. The ownership of hunting land or the right to hunt within it was as much a symbol of noble status as the fortified dwelling or heraldic arms. Vast tracts of land, by the late 12th century maybe as much as a third of southern England, were set aside for hunting.

Book Review: Guernsey Evacuees: The Forgotten Evacuees of the Second World War by Gillian Mawson

Book Review: Guernsey Evacuees: The Forgotten Evacuees of the Second World War by Gillian Mawson

Author: Gillian Mawson
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Reviewed by: the author
Price (RRP): £14.99

Publication Date: 1 Nov 2012

Since 2008, Gillian Mawson, writer and historian, has been interviewing those evacuees who fled the Channel Islands to mainland Britain in June 1940, just a few days prior to the German Occupation of the Channel Islands.

Abraham Lincoln: United States at the crossroads

Abraham Lincoln: United States at the crossroads

Abraham Lincoln’s victory in the presidential election in November 1860 set the United States on the path to bloody civil war. Ever since the drafting of America’s federal constitution in 1787, the question of slavery had given rise to political contention and compromise. In the early years of the new American nation, several northern states adopted statutes of emancipation, while new technology and the international demand for cotton gave slave labour deep roots in the south.

Book review: Dickens and the Workhouse by Ruth Richardson

Book review: Dickens and the Workhouse by Ruth Richardson
Author: Ruth Richardson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Reviewed by: Peter Higginbotham
Price (RRP): £16.99

Peter Higginbotham discovers the background to Oliver Twist

Book review: A Visitor’s Guide to the Ancient Olympics by Neil Faulkner

Book review: A Visitor’s Guide to the Ancient Olympics by Neil Faulkner
Author: Neil Faulkner
Publisher: Yale University Press
Reviewed by: Paul Cartledge
Price (RRP): £14.99

Paul Cartledge savours a breezy history of the ancient Greek Olympics, presented in travel-guide style