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  1. D. Simmons | May 13, 2018 at 3:51 pm |

    Intriguing records in that the bias toward both King Richard the third and usurper henry 7 is obvious. I am American but have always been fascinated by King Richard. Additionally, I am a Richardite (?) correct term? Thank you for this article and information. (I’m also biased)

    • I think that Rous was quite good at keeping himself on the right side of those in power! The illustrations in the Rous Rolls are really interesting, well worth looking at in more depth. I’ve always found the Wars of the Roses interesting but my interest was piqued by the discovery of his remains. I studied in Leicester and the dig was metres away from where some of my friends lived. Followers of Richard tend to be called Ricardians here and there are several well established societies dedicated to research of his reign and restoration/ maintenance of his reputation.

    • There are indeed. The Richard III Society has a very active branch in the U.S.
      The Richard III Visitors Centre – – has a number of quotes painted on the walls from contemporaries. You might ask them to list them for you.

      • Thanks. We will have a new article about Richard III up fairly soon. Looks at his reputation in different geographic regions. Happy to send a copy in advance but can’t publish it until my current course has finished.

  2. Thank you. That would make for very interesting reading. You can find us at

  3. The article noted above is now on the website. Would be great to see what you think of it.

  4. The picture of London is mid 17th C and indeed from the Museum of London –
    It could probably be argued that Richard’s relationship with the great lords of the North was always uneasy. He had, after all taken their power and influence and made it his. The Stanleys were from the North as was Percy who probably betrayed him at Bosworth. But certainly the people of the South saw him as a man of the north even though he owned property across all of England.

  5. A brilliant interview. I look forward to reading this author’s work.

  6. I am a big fan of the books by Chris Turnbull he writes across several genre I love his Gothic Horror stories of ‘D: Whitby’s Darkest Secret’. My mum loves his time slip story ‘The Vintage Coat’ and myself and the kids love the ‘Emy’ Childrens books based on a true story. All very highly recommended.

    • Hi Susan, I’ll make sure he sees those kind words. Will you be going to the Indie Lit Fest in Bradford? Chris will be there along with plenty of other authors who may be of interest.

  7. Richard Tearle | June 29, 2019 at 3:51 pm |

    I had the good fortune to review Apricots and Wolfsbane for Discovering Diaminds. From the very start, the style of writing had me hooked and was by far and away, for me, my personal Book of the Year. I look forward to more of Ms Pohlkamp’s work

    • Good to hear. It’s a wonderful story and I found the way that a story was lifted from one period into another very interesting.

  8. Thank you Dan for inviting me over. I found your questions interesting to answer.

  9. Thank you so much for hosting me,

  10. Many thanks Dan x

  11. Lynn Turner | July 24, 2019 at 7:11 pm |

    Love this lady’s writings!

    • Lynn Turner | July 24, 2019 at 7:26 pm |

      Wondering why they are so reluctant to release these books in paper back-waiting for “Storms Gather Between Us”

      • Hi Lynn, I’ll make sure that Clare sees your comments. Paperback coming soon, I can’t answer for Clare’s book but know from things I’ve worked on that it takes a bit longer to do the typesetting and checking on the paper versions.

      • Hi Lynn, thank you so much – delighted you enjoy my books. The print version is coming soon. I am speaking with the publisher on Tuesday and will chivvy them up! I’m hoping it will be available by next month

  12. Thanks so much for having me on the site, Dan.

  13. Sandy Lovelock | March 21, 2020 at 2:37 pm |

    Have had difficulty finding a book on war and weather, how the latter affects the former. Can you please recommend one if it exists? Thank you.

    • Dan Moorhouse | April 2, 2020 at 2:30 pm |

      The Tide of War by David Petreillo examines the impact of weather on warfare. I haven’t read all of it but the sections I have looked at are very good. For more recent conflicts there are numerous resources on Operation Popeye, a US scheme to affect climate for military benefits. The UK Met office has articles on weather forecasting in the two world wars and linked to that is the importance of forecasts for the D Day operations. Earlier conflicts such as the Wars of the Roses have occasional academic articles and there are references in chronicles.

  14. OMG compared to these corona seems better i think.. since we have advanced technology. Hope we will get outta this situation soon.

  15. john christopher bartlett | May 14, 2020 at 4:06 pm |

    History sometimes clouds the truth concerning our true identity, our religion is qualified by ‘others’ again in our past, we should learn to follow our own thoughts and find out where that takes us – perhaps back to our roots.

  16. Wow, I love learning new things about history.

  17. Hello Eleanor, the course starts on Monday 6th January. It is being run through a virtual learning environment containing reading materials, video, discussions, quizzes and links to academic research (plus teaching materials). It has 12 sections to the course, each one will take 1-2 hours of reading / contributing / quizzing etc so the course is scheduled to run for the full spring term with one unit per week being given detailed scrutiny. Materials will be available beyond the end of the scheduled input. Thanks, Dan

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