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Kett 1549: Rewriting the Rebellion
Much has been written and imagined about Kett’s Rebellion in 1549 including the just released historical novel Tombland by C. J. Sansom, who has also written the foreword to this, Leo R. Jary’s, latest exploration of Norwich’s past. The author attempts to counter the bias of the establishment figures who wrote accounts at the time and, using his military knowledge, establishes a new theory concerning the question that has vexed historians since; the exact location of ‘Dussindale’, the place where Kett was finally defeated. Jary’s own illustrations and maps bring his persuasive research and arguments together in a book that will be of interest to anyone fascinated by Norfolk history, Kett’s Rebellion or Tudor military technology.
Leo R. Jary ISBN 9781909796577 £9.95
Monks Hall: The History of a Waveney Valley Manor (Pbk)
This story of a Waveney Valley manor house and estate is told through the lives of its owners, occupants and admirers, a tale that spans 1000 years and provides a fascinating social history of rural England in one place, extensively researched and written by someone with a love of the Waveney Valley.
The manor was unusually well documented from medieval times because it was owned by the monks at Thetford Priory, who kept a detailed record of expenditure and gave a description of a house recognisable today, despite its 16th century ‘renovations’. After the dissolution of the priory in the mid 16th century, a succession of owners and scientifically gifted absentee landlords neglected to modernise the hall, leaving it remarkably little changed over the centuries until it was restored and renewed in the 1930s.
The people who lived at Monks Hall weathered famine, riots, plague, religious intolerance and war; their family lives reflect the rigours of country living over a millennium.
Elaine Murphy ISBN 9781909796553 £14.95
The Zeppelin Raid on Yarmouth
On 19th January 1915 the first air raid over Britain took place when three Zeppelin airships made their way towards the east coast. One turned back due to engine trouble, the other two, bound for Humberside, changed their plans due to bad weather. Instead they set their sights on the small ports of Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn. It was L-3 that struck first dropping bombs and incendiaries on Yarmouth. The result was the first civilian casualties from an air raid in history.
Originally published as the first chapter in his book, Sedgeford Aerodrome and the aerial conflict over North West Norfolk during the First World War, this pamphlet tells the story of that fateful night in world history.
Gary Rossin ISBN 9781909796560 £2.95
Sedgeford Aerodrome and the aerial conflict over North West Norfolk during the First World War
A detailed account of this west Norfolk aerodrome, both through archive research and archaeological excavation carried out by the SHARP team. The word Zeppelin struck terror into the heart of much of the population of Britain in 1914. Here the author puts the account of the aerial raids into the context of the subsequent development of air power in the east of England, with a particular focus on Sedgeford.
Gary Rossin ISBN 9781909796423 £14.95
The Baker Brothers: Diaries from the Eastern Front 1914-1919 - Oliver Locker-Lampson and the Cromer Men of the Russian Armoured Car Division
With the support of his friend, First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, Oliver Locker-Lampson used his personal funds and his business connections to equip a Squadron of armoured cars. Amongst his recruits were the three Baker brothers from Cromer. Together with friends from the town they found themselves stuck in the frozen north for many months, then transferred to the heat of Turkey, Romania and Galicia. Their respective diaries and letters are woven together to tell a story with little dramatic fighting, and their distance from formal army regulations enabled cameras to be used freely. Both are brought to life in this book.
Brenda Stibbons ISBN 9781909796436 £14.95
Lowestoft Fishermen's War: 1914-1918
During the First World War Lowestoft fishermen were required to make statements under oath to a Board of Trade official in order to seek compensation for losses. These unpublished statements, which were also used by Naval Intelligence in their vital work to defeat the U-boat menace from Germany, lay unresearched in the National Archives. Not all have survived, but those that have form the main primary resource material for this book.
Alan John Curtis ISBN 9781909796539 £10.95