With the release of my latest book, Defenders of the Norman Crown: Rise and Fall of the Warenne Earls of Surrey, I am finally getting back to some live events – though I also have some online events in the pipeline for those of you a little further afield.
So, here’s what’s coming up!
Saturday 5th June 2021 7pm (UK):
Defenders of the Norman Crown online Book Launch!I am going to do a Zoom online talk to celebrate the launch of Defenders of the Norman Crown: Rise and Fall of the Warenne Earls of Surrey. It will be on Saturday 5th June from 7pm UK time, with a talk followed by a Q&A. Bring your own wine and cake! If you would like to join me (please do!) then just get in touch via the CONTACT ME page, with your email address and I will send you an invite.
Can’t wait to tell you all about Defenders of the Norman Crown and the Warenne earls of Surrey.
Saturday 19th June 2021 7pm (UK):
As part of Independent Bookshops Week, I will back at The Collection in Lincoln, hosted by Lindum Books, with a live talk, Q & A and book signing for Defenders of the Norman Crown: Rise and Fall of the Warenne Earls of Surrey. Tickets can be purchased at Lindum Books, Bailgate, Lincoln, or online from The Collection, by clicking here.
Tickets start at £7.
Tuesday 22nd June 2021 4pm (UK):
I will be presenting an online talk for Cambourne Village College‘s free lecture programme. I will be talking about some of the Remarkable Women in Medieval History. The lecture series is free and open to all.
Also coming up:
Thursday 8th July 2021:
I will be a guest chair at the Newark Book Festival – another live event. Details to follow.
The official book launch of Defenders of the Norman Crown: Rise and Fall of the Warenne Earls of Surrey will be held at the home of the Warennes, Conisbrough Castle, at some point in July – watch this space.
I will hopefully be presenting a talk at Pontefract Castle sometime over the summer, and another for the Lincoln Civic Trust, on Nicholaa de la Haye: England’s Forgotten Heroine , in the autumn. I will let you know the dates as soon as I have them.
Friday 28th May 2020: I presented the David hey Memorial Lecture as part of Doncaster Heritage Festival, held virtually due to the COVID crisis. Entitled Warenne: The Earls of Surrey and Conisbrough Castle, the lecture is still available to watch on YouTube.
Sunday 15th July 2018: Historical Panel Event with Elizabeth Chadwick at Newark Town Hall as part of the 2018 Newark Book Festival.
With Nick Quantrill as chair, Elizabeth and I talked about our books and love of history. We also discussed our different approaches to history, fact and fiction and our research techniques, followed by a Q&A session and a book signing.
On Saturday, 14th October 2017, Conisbrough Castle was the venue for the book launch for Heroines of the Medieval World. In the glorious sunshine, the Castle looked spectacular, the ideal setting for a history talk.
I grew up just 5 miles from Conisbrough Castle and so, as a child, every summer holiday included a picnic at the castle and a climb to the top of the keep. As a student I volunteered at the castle, helping out at events and giving guided tours to school groups. In those days, the castle was just a shell, with green slime on the walls, but now it has floors inside, a roof to protect it from the elements and visual displays throughout. The Visitor Centre has a small museum with a cartoon strip telling the castle’s story and interactive displays for the kids. Conisbrough Castle’s only claim to fame seemed to be its link to Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe, in which it played the part of a Saxon stronghold.
However, Conisbrough had been very much a Norman stronghold since the Conquest, given as a prize to one of William the Conquerors’ most loyal followers, William de Warenne, first earl of Warenne and Surrey. My talk took place on the 951st anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, the day the Castle changed hands. On the morning of the battle, it belonged to Harold II, but by the end of the day Harold had lost the kingdom and his life and Conisbrough was a prize of war.
The talk was aimed at demonstrating the many links that Conisbrough Castle has to the major events in English medieval history, from the Norman Conquest, to the disastrous reign of Edward II and the civil war which became known as the Wars of the Roses. Conisbrough Castle and its former residents have a rich history and it was a pleasure to bring just a few moments of it to life. Attended by over 50 people, the audience was made up of friends, family, readers of my book and blog – historytheinterestingbits.com – and visitors who had called at the Castle because it was a gorgeous Saturday afternoon. And they were aged from 3 to 73!
Defenders of the Norman Crown: The Rise and Fall of the Warenne Earls of Surrey tells the fascinating story of the Warenne dynasty, of the successes and failures of one of the most powerful families in England, from its origins in Normandy, through the Conquest, Magna Carta, the wars and marriages that led to its ultimate demise in the reign of Edward III.
1 family. 8 earls. 300 years of English history!
Defenders of the Norman Crown: Rise and Fall of the Warenne Earls of Surrey will be released in the UK on 31 May and in the US on 6 August. And it is now available for pre-order from Pen & Sword Books, Amazon in the UK and US and Book Depository.
Also by Sharon Bennett Connolly:
Ladies of Magna Carta: Women of Influence in Thirteenth Century England looks into the relationships of the various noble families of the 13th century, and how they were affected by the Barons’ Wars, Magna Carta and its aftermath; the bonds that were formed and those that were broken. It is now available from Pen & Sword, Amazon and from Book Depository worldwide.
Heroines of the Medieval World tells the stories of some of the most remarkable women from Medieval history, from Eleanor of Aquitaine to Julian of Norwich. Available now from Amberley Publishing and Amazon and Book Depository.
Silk and the Sword: The Women of the Norman Conquest traces the fortunes of the women who had a significant role to play in the momentous events of 1066. Available now from Amazon, Amberley Publishing, Book Depository.
©2018 Sharon Bennett Connolly