anonymous asked:

do you know any good historical fiction/non fiction books about the Wars of the Roses and the Tudor era? I've heard bad things about Philippa Gregory, and mixed reviews about Alison Weir, so i just wanna make sure i get something worth my time and money. thanks!

Non-Fiction: Dan Jones’ The Hollow Crown, it’s a pretty easy read an gives a good general layout of who the key figures and events were. Michael K. Jones’ Bosworth 1485: Psychology of a Battle is a fairly written account of the events leading up to the battle and the battle itself.  The Rise of the Tudors by Chris Skidmore goes over Henry VII’s early life and is a great complement to Thomas Penn’s The Winter King which covers Henry VII’s later life.  I’m about to jump into Desmond Seward’s The Wars of the Roses, which is supposed to be quite decent, and I may have to report back.  Jasper Ridley’s The Tudor Age is worth a read, it’s more about the life of common people.  And last but certainly not least is the book I am constantly referencing on my blog, S.B. Chrimes Henry VII.

Fiction: I’ll admit I haven’t delved too deep into this area of fiction.  Jean Plaidy has an absolute slew of historical fiction books that cover this era, and while most find her writing dry, I actually quite enjoy it.  I used to read a lot of Allison Weir fiction books, and I found her’s were quite entertaining.  Tony Riches has a fab Trilogy about Owen Tudor, Jasper Tudor, and Henry VII (a book dedicated to each), I’ve read Henry’s and am currently reading Owen’s.  Again, quite entertaining.

Thank you for the question, and happy reading!

Many women are boycotting Twitter on Friday over its approach to abuse (TWTR)

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Twitter has been at the centre of a firestorm of criticism this week following its decision to temporarily suspend actress Rose McGowan’s account following her comments about the Harvey Weinstein controversy — and now some women are boycotting the social network in protest.

On Friday, women are being called on to ditch the platform for a day in anger at its approach to speech and abuse. The protest, which is being organised via the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter, is being billed as “a day-long Twitter boycott in protest of women’s voice being silenced.”

According to BuzzFeed, at least 126,000 people have already tweeted with the hashtag — though not all of these will be women planning to participate in the hashtag.


Some users are using the hashtag to share stories of their experience of abuse on Twitter, and to criticise the social network over its failings in handling the issue.





Some men are also joining the boycott in solidarity, including “Avengers” actor Mark Ruffalo.



Not everyone agrees with the boycott, however, with some suggesting that it would be more effective to share stories and experiences than to voluntarily go silent.



Following the uproar over McGowan’s suspension, Twitter said it restricted her accounts because she tweeted out someone’s phone number, rather than because of her tweets about sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. But the boycott has since become a larger protest over Twitter’s policies and long-standing abuse problem.

Twitter CEO and cofounder Jack Dorsey said in a tweet that the company needs “to be a lot more transparent in our actions in order to build trust.”

Meanwhile, the social network’s Safety account tweeted: “Twitter is proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power. We stand with the brave women and men who use Twitter to share their stories, and will work hard every day to improve our processes to protect those voices.”

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