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About Alex Marchant
Born and raised in the rolling Surrey downs, and following stints as in archaeology and publishing in London, Stirling and Gloucester, I now live and write surrounded by moors in King Richard III’s northern heartland.
My first novel, 'Time out of Time' (published June 2021), won the 2012 Chapter One Children’s Book Award and my second was put to one side in 2013 when the rediscovery of King Richard’s grave in a car park in Leicester was announced. A Ricardian since my teens, it prompted me at last to write a novel about the real Richard III for older children. So 'The Order of the White Boar' and its sequel 'The King’s Man' were born.
A third novel in the sequence, 'King in Waiting', will be published in 2021.
I've also edited two anthologies of short fiction by authors inspired by King Richard: 'Grant Me the Carving of My Name' and 'Right Trusty and Well Beloved...' Both are sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK), helping people today who have the same spinal condition as King Richard.
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Just some of the events recounted in these tales by authors inspired by King Richard III.
Much-maligned since his death, the real man has often been lost in the shadow of the scheming villain of Shakespeare’s famous play. Following the rediscovery of his centuries-lost grave in 2012, many people have come to question this evil reputation, and King Richard’s supporters (known as Ricardians) are seizing the chance to bring his real history to a wider audience. The authors collected here have all, in their different ways, sought to cast a light on that story.
Elegiac, mystical, brutal, light-hearted, uplifting. Will you find your new favourite author within the pages of this anthology?
Sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK) with a Foreword by Philippa Gregory (author of The White Queen) and edited by Alex Marchant
With contributions from:
Narrelle M. Harris
Joanne R. Larner
J. P. Reedman
Jennifer C. Wilson
Cover illustration by Riikka Katajisto
B.R.A.G. Medallion HonoreeLife is made up of choices and which road we choose to take may be a pivotal decision that affects our whole life and others' lives too. We often wonder 'What if...?' when we think about our past and about history. This collection of short stories from over twenty talented authors explores some of the 'What ifs' associated with the Wars of the Roses. How would history have changed if one of the roads not travelled had been chosen instead? This anthology explores some of these roads and includes most of the famous figures of the Wars of the Roses - Edward IV, Elizabeth Woodville, Warwick the Kingmaker, Anne Neville, George of Clarence, Francis Lovell and, of course, Richard III to name just a few.
Twenty talented authors have donated their time and skill to contribute to this book which is sold in support of the Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK) and edited by Joanne R Larner. They are: C J Lock, Alex Marchant, J P Reedman, Toni Mount, Sandra Heath Wilson, Terri Beckett, Kit Mareska, Richard Tearle, Brian Wainwright, Jennifer C. Wilson,.Michèle Schindler, Bernadette Lyons, Maria Grazia Leotta, Susan Lamb, Clare Anderson, Jennifer Bradley, Roslyn Ramona Brown, Joanna Kingswood Iddison, Lisl Madeleine and Kathy Kingsbury. Foreword by Matthew Lewis, Chairman of the Richard III Society. Cover art by Riikka Nikko.
These are dangerous days for the Order of the White Boar
King Richard III has been betrayed and killed
Victorious Henry Tudor sits uneasily on the throne of England
Richard’s loyal friend, Francis Lovell, plots revenge
Alys Langdown, ward of the Queen, awaits an unknown fate
And ever-loyal Matthew Wansford serves his new master, Edward Plantagenet, true King of England – who now must seek his own road …
From exile in Flanders to an uncertain welcome over the sea – what challenges lie ahead for the Order and for the King in Waiting?
Follow Matthew and his friends’ adventures in Book 3 of The Order of the White Boar
‘Evocative and intriguing… brings the uncertain and dangerous times after the Battle of Bosworth to life’ – Wendy Johnson, member of the Looking for Richard Project
‘A wonderful work of historical fiction for both children and adults’ – Ricardian Bulletin of the Richard III Society
It's April 1483, and the death of his brother King Edward IV has turned the life of Richard, Duke of Gloucester upside down, and with it that of his 13-year-old page Matthew Wansford.
Banished from Middleham Castle and his friends, Matt must make a new life for himself alone in London. But danger and intrigue lie in wait on the road as he rides south with Duke Richard to meet the new boy king, Edward V – and new challenges and old enemies confront them in the city.
As the Year of the Three Kings unfolds – and plots, rebellions, rumours, death and battles come fast one upon the other – Matt must decide where his loyalties lie.
What will the future bring for him, his friends and his much-loved master? And can Matt and the Order of the White Boar heed their King’s call on the day of his greatest need?
‘The King’s Man’, the eagerly awaited sequel to ‘The Order of the White Boar’, continues the story of Richard Plantagenet for readers aged 10 to 110.
Coming soon, in 2021: 'King in Waiting', the third book in 'The Order of the White Boar' sequence. Follow Matt and his friends' further adventures...
Praise for 'The Order of the White Boar' and 'The King's Man'
‘A wonderful work of historical fiction . . . altogether a very enjoyable book for both children and adults.’ Isabel Green, 'Ricardian Bulletin' of the Richard III Society
‘This engaging and exciting story has the power to captivate readers of any age . . . extremely well researched and a pleasure to read.’ Wendy Johnson, member of the Looking for Richard Project
‘A really gripping historical novel . . . well written, vivid and absorbing.’ E. Flanagan, author of 'Eden Summer'
‘Exciting and appealing, accurate and well-researched . . . I can honestly see this becoming a classic.’ Joanne R. Larner, author of 'Richard Liveth Yet'
‘A book full of action, heart, fire and hope. A cracking read, and I highly recommend it.’ Narrelle M. Harris, author of 'Kitty & Cadaver'
‘Finally! A book that has been written for a younger audience, which brings to life, through the eyes of a young boy, the just and fair leader that Richard III truly was.’ Richard III’s Loyal Supporters
Find Matt and Alex on Facebook at Alex Marchant Author, on Twitter @AlexMarchant84 and @whiteboarorder, and on WordPress @AlexMarchantBlog.
Who, for you, is the real Richard III?
Is it the boy, exiled in fear to the Continent aged seven? The loyal warrior, brother to Edward IV? The young man struck by tragedy? The just and rightful king? Or Thomas More’s and Shakespeare’s infamous villain?
You can meet them all within these pages … or can you?
This follow-up to the 2018 anthology "Grant Me the Carving of My Name" showcases short stories and poems by international authors inspired by all aspects of King Richard III.
Sold in support of Scoliosis Association UK (SAUK) with a Foreword by Philippa Langley MBE and edited by Alex Marchant. With contributions from Rebecca Batley, Terri Beckett, Sue Grant-Mackie, Kim Harding, Wendy Johnson, Joanne R. Larner, Kit Mareska, Máire Martello, Liz Orwin, Elizabeth Ottosson, Nicola Slade, Richard Tearle, Brian Wainwright, Kathryn Wharton and Jennifer C. Wilson.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester muses about his brother, Edward IV. William Stanley contemplates marrying. Francis Lovell celebrates Easter, and others appear in a variety of situations in this collection. Even a ghost or two turn up.
All proceeds of this will go to Médecins Sans Frontieres.
Normally sun-starved and grey, England is plagued by endless blue skies – no rain for months, the country scorched and parched, standpipes in the street.
But 12-year-old Allie has other worries. When her family moves to ancient, ramshackle Priory Farm – far away from her friends and everything she has ever known…
Then she discovers a doorway into history – and her adventures begin. What secrets will Priory Farm reveal?
An exciting timeslip adventure by the author of 'The Order of the White Boar' sequence, 'Time out of Time' whisks the reader off to explore one small part of England through the ages – with some explosive moments in time…