Historical Notes – My Books

Please keep in mind that I’m not a trained historian – I’m just an amateur, an enthusiastic history buff. However, as history figures prominently in my books. I have attempted to ensure the historical facts are as correct as possible, and where necessary I have written a historical note so as to answer the most obvious questions.

Historical note, A Newfound Land

Historical note, A Newfound Land Just like Matthew Graham, many of the early settlers in the American Colonies emigrated due to religious issues. In the combined realms of England and Scotland, the Church of England – and the government – was distrustful of all religious faiths outside the Anglican Church. Catholics were hounded, would continue …

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Historical Note, Whither Thou Goest

Historical Note, Whither Thou Goest The closing decades of the 17th century saw a return of unrest to England. After two decades of relative calm following upon the restoration of Charles II, the ugly head of religious discrimination reared its head again, starting with the obnoxious Titus Oates and his unfounded accusations against a number …

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Historical Note, Like Chaff in the Wind

Historical note, Like Chaff in the Wind When the first English colony was established in Virginia (and I don’t count the Roanoke debacle) in 1609, the eager participants came with dreams and hopes of easy riches, something akin to what the Spanish had discovered down in South America. Sadly, Virginia had no mountains of almost …

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Historical Note, There is Always a Tomorrow

Historical Note, There is Always a Tomorrow In 1632, the Colony of Maryland was founded by Cecil Calvert, a Catholic nobleman who thereby hoped not only to increase his own wealth but also to offer his co-religionists a refuge from the anti-papist sentiments in England. In 1634, the first shiploads of colonists arrived to what …

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Historical Note, Under the Approaching Dark

Historical Note, Under the Approaching Dark In February of 1327, a very young Edward III was crowned, thereby beginning what would become one of the longer and more successful reigns in English history. But the early years were difficult, especially as the former king, Edward II, was still alive, if imprisoned. Being only fourteen, Edward …

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