The Castle in the Wars of the Roses

My latest book, The Castle in the Wars of the Roses, was published last month by Pen & Sword. I am hugely excited to be able share the fruits of my labour with other people. It is has taken years of research and writing to get here, but it is great to see the finishedContinue reading “The Castle in the Wars of the Roses”

Alnwick Castle and the Wars of the Roses

It is hard to believe when looking at pretty Alnwick today, that it was a fiercely contested and fought over place in the late fifteenth century. In fact Alnwick was subjected to more sieges than any other castle during the Wars of the Roses. Alnwick was founded in around c.1100 by the Vescy family, whoContinue reading “Alnwick Castle and the Wars of the Roses”

Royal and Urban Gunpowder Weapons in Late Medieval England

Dan Spencer, Royal and Urban Gunpowder Weapons in Late Medieval England (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2019) Now that my book has been out for a few months, I feel the time is right for me to provide an overview of its contents in case anybody is curious. The project was inspired, as so manyContinue reading “Royal and Urban Gunpowder Weapons in Late Medieval England”

A tour of Denbigh Castle, Denbighshire

Denbigh Castle is without a doubt the finest magnate castle in north Wales and well worth a visit. It is situated in a prominent position overlooking the surrounding town and, despite its ruined state, still has an impressive appearance. Its highlights include¬†the splendid triple-towered Great Gatehouse and Great Kitchen Tower. Before taking you on aContinue reading “A tour of Denbigh Castle, Denbighshire”