In 1553, a baby girl called Margaret Middleton was born in Davygate within the city walls of York in northern England. It was a time of change and turbulence in a country which had oscillated between Catholicism and Protestantism. In the reign of Queen Mary, … Continue reading The Life and Times of Saint Margaret Clitherow
This blog describes the treatment of the poor in Tudor England, with particular focus on the city of York. It takes input from multiple sources. There’s always more which could be included, so additional inputs and comments are welcome! This is the latest of a … Continue reading Down and Out in Tudor York
Due to the current crisis, a number of Tony’s history talks have sadly had to be postponed. To fill the gap in the meantime, Tony has created a brand new YouTube channel with short online history talks. They’re already proving to be very popular – … Continue reading New YouTube History Talks
This blog is about power and influence in Tudor York during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. It’s written for anyone interested in the Tudor period, the city of York, or history in general. Whilst researching my latest novel The Pearl of York, Treason and … Continue reading Power and Influence in Tudor York
When researching the history of a time and/or a place, it’s sometimes hard to know where to begin. My latest novel The Pearl of York, Treason and Plot is set in atmospheric Tudor York. When researching the novel, I discovered some very interesting resources. One … Continue reading Recusants and Punishment in Elizabethan York
Tadcaster author Tony Morgan’s latest book, The Pearl of York, Treason and Plot, is a gripping historical novel, set in the atmospheric streets and buildings of Tudor York.
When Margaret Clitherow is arrested for illegally harbouring Catholic priests in The Shambles, a group of her friends, led by a youthful Guy Fawkes, face a race against time to save her from the gallows. As events unfold, their lives, and our history, change forever.
Although most of the action takes place within York’s city walls, Guy also journeys through the countryside, visiting Rufforth, Tockwith, Knaresborough and Scotton.
Tony became fascinated by the story behind York’s most famous (and infamous) Tudor residents. “Margaret, known as the Pearl of York, and Guy, famous for his role in the Gunpowder Plot, were raised by prosperous Protestant families. Both became Catholic enemies of the state. When I was writing the book, I asked myself what events could have persuaded a happily married woman to consider martyrdom or transform a young Yorkshireman into a terrorist.” The rest of us will have to read the book to find out.
All profits from the sale of Tony’s novels and history talks will be donated to St Leonard’s Hospice in York, an independent charity, which provides specialist palliative care and support for local people with life limiting illnesses. Jill Roberts, Corporate and Community Fundraiser at St Leonard’s, said “We’re delighted to know once again Tony is supporting the hospice in 2020 with the profits from his novels and history talks. Every book sold raises valuable funds for the hospice and our patients.”
Picture: Tony Morgan (author) and Jill Roberts (St Leonard’s Hospice)
Following the success of his debut novel, Remember, Remember the 6th of November, the new release is almost guaranteed to rocket up the charts.
The Pearl of York, Treason and Plot is available from 1st March on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats. Signed copies are also available directly from Tony in the York, Harrogate and Leeds areas, for example at Tony’s history talks.
On December 10th 2019 Tony donated the profits from his book sales and history talks in 2019 to St Leonard’s Hospice and announced he’ll be supporting this great cause again in 2020. Thanks to everyone who bought a book and/or attended a talk. Read about their great work here – https://www.stleonardshospice.org.uk/
We’ve all heard about Guy Fawkes and November 5th but what do we really know? Remember, Remember the 6th of November is a thoroughly researched historical novel focused on the frantic race against time in 1605 to blow up Parliament or prevent it from happening. Who will win? Find out here.
Having raised hundreds of pounds for good causes over the last few years, profits from Tony’s Guy Fawkes history talks and November novels in 2019 will be donated to St Leonard’s Hospice in York.
Tony is giving a series of history talks to local history societies in Yorkshire on Guy Fawkes, the Gunpowder Plot and the Yorkshire connections this autumn. More details on the Events page.