English Castles: England´s most dramatic castles and strongholds (Collins Little Books):Collins Historic UK
An anthology of essays from the second year of the English Historical Fiction Authors blog, this book transports the listener across the centuries from prehistoric to 20th-century Britain. Nearly 50 different authors share the stories, incidents, and insights discovered while doing research for their own historical novels. From medieval law and literature to Tudor queens and courtiers, from Stuart royals and rebels to Regency soldiers and social calls, experience the panorama of Britain´s yesteryear. Explore the history behind the fiction and discover the true tales surrounding Britain´s castles, customs, and kings. Volume two is a stand-alone book of essays that does not need to be heard in conjunction with volume one. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ruth Golding. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/066862/bk_acx0_066862_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Castle Rackrent is a short novel by Maria Edgeworth published in 1800, one of the few of Edgeworth's novels which her father did not 'edit'. Shortly before its publication, an introduction, glossary and footnotes, written in the voice of an English narrator, were added to the original text to blunt the negative impact the Edgeworths feared the book might have on English enthusiasm for the Act of Union 1800. The novel is set prior to the Constitution of 1782 and tells the story of four generations of Rackrent heirs through their steward, Thady Quirk. The heirs are: the dissipated spendthrift Sir Patrick O'Shaughlin; the litigious Sir Murtagh Rackrent, the cruel husband and gambling absentee Sir Kit Rackrent, and the generous but improvident Sir Condy Rackrent. Their sequential mismanagement of the estate is resolved through the machinations—and to the benefit—of the narrator's astute son, Jason Quirk. Kathryn Kirkpatrick suggests that the novel ´´both borrows from and originates a variety of literary genres and subgenres without neatly fitting into any one of them´´. It satirises Anglo-Irish landlords and their overall mismanagement of the estates they owned at a time when the English and Irish parliaments were working towards formalising their union through the Acts of Union. Through this and other works, Edgeworth is credited with serving the political, national interests of Ireland and the United Kingdom the way Sir Walter Scott did for Scotland. Castle Rackrent is a dialogic novel, comprising a preface and conclusion by an editor bookending a first person narrative proper. It is widely regarded as the first British novel to use the device of a narrator who is both unreliable and an observer of, rather than a player in, the actions he chronicles. It also has a glossary (which was a last-minute addition).
A storied castle. A band of rebels. A nation chasing a centuries-old dream of freedom. And three women who rise above it all....When Laine Forrester travels overseas to attend her best friend’s vineyard wedding, she expects to find the bride on the brink of a fairy tale life. But after a series of unforeseen setbacks, it seems the storybook lives they’d imagined are suddenly ripping apart.With hopes of resurrecting a happy ending, Laine agrees to accompany the newlyweds to the groom’s home in Ireland - never expecting she’d be the one drawn in by its wide-open moors, backroads bordering the Irish Sea, and a mysterious castle that dares to keep its secrets hidden.From the storied streets of Dublin to the shores of the Emerald Isle, Laine is drawn in to the land and its rich history. The castle ruins whisper stories of Issy - a photojournalist battling through the 1916 Easter Rising, and Maeve - the castle’s lady of legend, fighting for survival through the 1798 rebellion that started it all.Spanning more than two centuries, Castle on the Rise unites the legacy of three women who must risk mending the broken places within - for life, love, and the belief that even through the depths of our pain, a masterpiece of a story can emerge. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Amy Rubinate. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tnwd/001434/bk_tnwd_001434_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The defense of Castle Elfwood, hidden in an enchanted forest in Albion, from barbarians and the unearthly Orcs depends on four young people - a lord, a magician, a druidess, and an orphan - in the first book of the series. 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Patrick Cronin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/007710/bk_adbl_007710_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Archer´s Castle is the second book in an exciting action-packed saga of 11 books set in medieval England during the days of King Richard and King John, prior to the Magna Carta. It is the tale of an English serf who rises to become the captain of a company of archers and leads its survivors as they fight their way back to dangerous and brutal feudal England after King Richard suddenly abandons his crusade - and what happens to him and his archers when they return. Most of the archers do not return as a result of intense fighting, but some of the former serfs and free men do return - as battle hardened veterans determined to improve their lot in cruel and brutal feudal England. This exciting novel combines action-packed historical fiction with a family saga set in an era of non-stop war and action. The Archer´s Castle is the second novel in the saga. William, his brother Thomas, and William´s son George finally reach feudal England with the surviving archers and become embroiled in a war with the Earl of Cornwall that will change England forever. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Shaun Grindell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/010354/bk_tant_010354_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Life at Caldoon Castle in the Highlands of Scotland isn´t easy for Catriona Fraser and her two children, especially since her husband died. So, when Iain MacNeice and his two daughters book the castle for the Christmas holidays, Catriona´s prayers seem to be answered. But the MacNeices arrive with a whole host of their own problems and it´s going to take time, patience and a little bit of Christmas magic to make this holiday a happy one. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jan Cramer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/046534/bk_acx0_046534_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A land-surveyor, known only as K., arrives at a small village permanently covered in snow and dominated by a castle to which access seems permanently denied. K.´s attempts to discover why he has been called constantly run up against the peasant villagers, who are in thrall to the absurd bureaucracy that keeps the castle shut, and the rigid hierarchy of power among the self-serving bureaucrats themselves. But in this strange wilderness, there is passion, tenderness and considerable humour. Darkly bizarre, this complex book was the last novel by one of the 20th century´s greatest and most influential writers. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Allan Corduner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/000633/bk_naxo_000633_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.