Saturday 23rd November: Gainsborough Old Hall, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. I will be doing a book signing for Silk and the Sword: the Women of the Norman Conquest in the gift shop as part of the Old Hall’s Christmas Fayre.
Entrance fee for the Christmas Fayre: £2
Tuesday 15th January 2019: Misterton Women’s Group, Misterton Methodist Hall, North Nottinghamshire, 7.30pm. I will be giving a talk based around both Heroines of the Medieval World and Silk and the Sword: the Women of the Norman Conquest and the connections to the region, followed by a book signing.
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.
he 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!
Heroines of the Medieval World tells the stories of women, famous, infamous and unknown, who shaped the course of medieval history. It is available in hardback in the UK from both Amberley Publishing and Amazon UK. It is now available in Hardback from Amazon US and worldwide from Book Depository.
From Emma of Normandy, wife of both King Cnut and Aethelred II to Saint Margaret, a descendant of Alfred the Great himself, 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. Silk and the Sword: the Women of the Norman Conquest will be released in the UK on 15 November 2018 and is available for pre-order on Amazon UK, Amberley Publishing and Book Depository.
©2018 Sharon Bennett Connolly