Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Announcing British History week!

We are pleased to announce that this week is British History week here at Historical Tapestry. Now given the amount of books out that are set in Britain, in theory you could have a special feature for months and months and months, and still not run out of material, so we thought we would ask some of our favourite authors to answer one question...

What is it about British History that continues to make it so fascinating to authors and readers?

During this week we will have guest posts from Helen Hollick and Elizabeth Chadwick looking at this question from the perspective of British authors, and also we are very pleased to have a post from CW Gortner offering an international perspective on this question, specifically in relation to the Tudors. And that's not all! You too can be involved!

If you have an opinion you would like to share, then please contact us and we can put together some short grabs on whatever it is that fascinates readers later in the week. Just a few sentences along with your blog details will be all we need to be able to share your opinions!

To round out the week, I will also be talking about Jules Watson, who has written books set in Roman Britain, and we will have a guest post from Diane Haegar who is going to tell us why she loves the Bessie Blount.

What's a theme week without a giveaway? Thanks to CW Gortner we have an awesome giveaway!

Etsy store
One lucky reader will win a signed, personalised copy of  The Tudor Secret by CW Gortner, and there will also be an awesome handmade Elizabeth I pocket mirror. To quote CW when he was describing it to me "it's a mirror with the portrait of Princess Elizabeth in the red dress on one side, with a velvet carrying bag. Very pretty and unique, handcrafted in the US."

Please check out the Etsy store that I have linked to under the mirror's image, as they have lots of other gorgeous products that might interest you!

Giveaway rules

- the contest is open to the US/Australia/New Zealand/Europe

- leave a comment and don't forget to include your email address

- one entry per household

- closes March 18 at Midnight GMT

38 comments:

  1. Looking forward to the coming blog posts; you've named three of my favorite authors! And what an awesome giveaway too! Thanks.
    lcbrower40(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. Greatly looking forward to this theme week! So much fun posts to look forward! And an awesome giveaway as well. Thanks for all the effort you are always putting into this blog.

    Samanthakathy @gmail .com

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  3. Looking forward to theme week.

    My favourite period is Victorian England

    Thank you for the giveaway opporunity

    carol

    cb2ck at hotmail dot co dot uk

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  4. Every week is British History week at my house. Can't wait to read all the interesting guest posts!

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  5. What a great theme and awesome giveaway! I can't wait!

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  6. Yay! One of my favorite types of history :)

    mmwessell(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Rena
    I'm an anglophile and am very interested in British history especially the Tudor era. Love CW Gortner's Last Queen and Confessions of Catherine Medici. I'm so happy that he has a new one that takes place during the reign of Elizabeth I. Thanks for the giveaway and please count me in.

    rena.mcgrath@yahoo.com

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  8. I completely agree - British history is quite diverse and full of fascinating stories. I wouldn't mind months and months of posts!

    I can't wait to read all the guest posts, I am looking forward to reading all of these authors books.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    mikowski@bu.edu

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  9. What a wonderful week!!! I will be looking forward to each day. Would love to read 'The Tudor Secret'. Mr. Gortner is such a great writer.


    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  10. How exciting! I just love historical fiction and my favorite is definitely British history (especially the Tudors).
    Thanks,
    candc320@gmail.com

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  11. What a great idea. I'm looking forward to everything you've got planned for this week.
    Great to see a giveaway that New Zealanders can enter too!

    jtwebster.books@gmail.com

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  12. I love British History, period. I even love reading about the Middle Ages; but especially the Tudor Period and Regency Period.
    This is a great idea!
    Thank you.
    bellevieanne@gmail.com

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  13. I look forward to reading the blog this week. I love British history, it can really capture the imagination!


    Whitby1734 at aol dot com

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  14. You are including many of my very favorite authors. Can't wait to read what they have to say. What a great theme!

    tmrtini at gmail dot com

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  15. Looking forward to Elizabeth Chadwick's post!

    books @ carnelianvalley dot com

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  16. Thank you for this opportunity to enter the giveaway, that's my very favourite portrait of Elizabeth I featured on the hand mirror!

    lugameso@hotmail.com x

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  17. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    vanessawild1 @ btinternet.com

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  18. What fun! Thanks for the posts and the giveaway. flj52452 at yahoo.com

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  19. Ooooh, The Tudor Secret! I SO want to read it. Just finished The Last Queen...truly one of the best historicals I've read. I have visited that Etsy store and have coveted that exact mirror! I love Elizabeth! Thanks for the chance...I hope I win. =O)

    truebookaddictATgmailDOTcom

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  20. absolutely love C W Gortner's writing and this is a gorgeous giveaway! thank you for the chance to win

    dmsires@activ8.net.au

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  21. Love Tudor history but have not read this author. Excited for this book.
    yo teach 24 at comcast dot net

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  22. My two favorite periods are the Tudors and the restoration. I would love to read this book. Please include me in the drawing

    toner309@yahoo.com

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  23. Thanks for the chance, and I'll be looking forward to reviews with Elizabeth Chadwick. I just love her books.

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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  24. I love to read historical fiction especially Victorian England. Thanks for the giveaway.
    susan.byerly@comcast.net

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  25. Oooh -- count me in. Eager to read the authors' blogs and the giveaway!! Thanks so much.

    Deb
    jawetz@comcast.net

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  27. I have been a fan of this era in history for a very long time..we imagine that this was a very romantic time but it really was everyday stuff...to them anyway.. I collect this time in history, in books anyway, and love every minute of it...
    count me in!! Thank you.

    momkelly2003@yahoo.com

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  28. I've come in late to British History week. I have read and enjoyed all the posts and was compelled to leave my little cents/sense. To cap off your week with this signed giveaway of Gortner's latest, no doubt I want in on this!
    DaSwee94&yahoo.com

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  29. C.W. Gortner is one of my favorite authors, even though I've already read The Tudor Secret (the day it hit the bookstore!), I would love to have a signed copy.

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  30. Am entering for this one with an Aussie address!!! Thanks for the opportunity of winning this.

    mystica123athotmaildotcom

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  31. Excellent. Go Tudors inDEED.

    ajburton2 [at] gmail

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  32. I loved this book and I would love to have my own copy! Thanks for the giveaway. :)
    liedermadchen@hotmail.com

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  33. Elizabeth Chadwick will be a Guest on my blog tomorrow at Bookworms Dinner.
    http://bookwormsdinner.blogspot.com

    Also, I love the writing of Gortner. I would love to win a copy of this book.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    tekeygirl at gmail dot com

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  34. I would love a chance to win, read and review this book, I love all British history pre 1603, I can't get enough of it.

    luckycharm6139@yahoo.com

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  35. great giveaway for British History week! would have thought canada would be included considering it's part of the British commonwealth.. interesting ") anyway would luv the win "))!
    blstef1[at]mts[dot]net

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