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Matthew Shardlake Tudor mysteries in Order: How to read C. J. Sansom series?

More than 10 years ago, Kenneth Branagh was poised to play Matthew Shardlake for BBC. But he chose instead to star in Wallander. Since then, no news of an adaptation but you can read the celebrated book series.

Who is Matthew Shardlake?

Created by the Scottish-born writer C. J. Sansom, Matthew Shardlake is a hunchbacked lawyer-detective in the Tudor Court—during the reign of Henry VIII in the 16th century.

In his adventures, he is assisted by Mark Poer and then Jack Barak. Shardlake works on commission initially from Thomas Cromwell, then from Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and Queen Catherine Parr.

Sansom has previously said that he plans to take the lawyer into the reign of Elizabeth I. We’ll see.

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Ginger Gold Mysteries in Order: How to read Lee Strauss series?

Did you know that Phryne Fisher is not the only female detective from the 1920s? Well, there’s also Ginger Gold.

Who is Ginger Gold?

Written by author Lee Strauss, the Ginger Gold Mysteries series bring us backt to the 1920s. There, we met young war widow fashionista Ginger Gold as she makes a cross-Atlantic journey with her companion Haley Higgins to London England to settle her father’s estate.

This is the begining of a series of mysteries to solve as Ginger is only too happy to lend her assistance to the handsome Chief Inspector Basil Reed.

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Maggie Hope Books in Order: How to read Susan Elia MacNeal series?

This is Maggie Hope, the character, not the author…

Who is Maggie Hope?

Written by American author Susan Elia MacNeal, the Maggie Hope series is about a british spy during World War II.

Maggie Hope graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Spirited, strong-willed, and possessing one of the sharpest minds in government for mathematics and code-breaking,she eventually become a real spy.

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The Chronicles of St Mary’s Books in Order: How to read Jodi Taylor series?

History is full of mysteries, but also full of danger, especially for the historians who are working for the St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research.

What are The Chronicles of St Mary’s?

Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don’t call it ‘time travel’ – these historians ‘investigate major historical events in contemporary time.’ Their aim is to observe and document – to try and find the answers to many of History’s unanswered questions … and not to die in the process.

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Poldark Books in Order: How to read Winston Graham’s historical novels of Cornwall?

If you want some good period drama, go to the British. It’s their speciality. Of course, a lot of them had been made into TV Series and movies. In fact, there are two adaptations of Poldark. That said, it’s time to talk about books, not TV.

Who is Ross Poldark?

Right now, Ross Poldark looks like Aidan Turner on BBC One’s adaptation! And is quite stubborn! His story takes place in the late 18th century when he returns from the American War of Independence to his Cornish copper mines after spending three years in the army to avoid charges of smuggling.

When he gets home, he finds his father dead, his estate in ruins, and his old sweetheart Elizabeth engaged to his cousin Francis. He rescues a young woman, Demelza, from a beating, and takes her on as a kitchen maid while trying to help the people of the village and attempting to gain control of the mines sought after by his rival, the greedy and arrogant George Warleggan.

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The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels Reading Order : Where to Start with Philippa Gregory’s ‘Cousins’ War’ and ‘Tudor Court’ series?

I’m living in France in a city where the Plantagenet used to live at one point, so I heard of them (like all of England), but if you are not in Europe, you probably know more about the Tudors. Well, Philippa Gregory wrote about all of them and some of her books had been adapted into movies and TV shows, so you probably have heard of them. If you want to read more, here is a little guide put together (not by me, thanks to Carole) in order to travel in the past in order.

What are The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels by Philippa Gregory?

Like I said, they are historical novels. Previously separated as the Tudor Court and Cousins’ War series, as of August 2016 Philippa Gregory lists these novels as one series, The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels.

Like the name tells it, it is a series about the two British royal houses, the history being told through the female prism.

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The Last Kingdom Books in Order: How to read Bernard Cromwell series?

This week, The Last Kingdom is back on TV, on BBC Two and soon on Netflix I heard. Like a lot of historical dramas, there is a part of truth in it, a big chunk in fact, but it’s fiction and, like in the TV Show Vikings or the manga Vinland Saga, where there are Danes, there’s a lot of speculations but it’s really entertaining.

What is The Last Kingdom Series?

Previously known as ‘The Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Stories’, The Last Kingdom Series is the tale of Alfred the Great and his descendants through the eyes of Uhtred Ragnarson. More precisely, written by Bernard Cromwell, this series chronicles the emergence of England as a nation on the island of Britain from the actions of King Alfred of Wessex.

If the big events are historically accurate, the story centers on Uhtred of Bebbanburg, a fictional character born to a Saxon lord in Northumbria, but captured and adopted by the Danes. Few years later, his family has been killed by a rival Danes and Uhtred allies himself with Alfred in order to win back what’s rightfully his.

Destiny is all!

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