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    Shot at Dawn by Robert King

    "15 Welshmen executed during the First World War - by their own side

    In 2006 a blanket pardon was issued for the 306 men who died this way following a petition in the years after the First World War.

    ... a new book by Neath author Robert King, who campaigned and supported the petition, portrays the brutality faced by the 15 Welshmen who all faced this terrifying end.

    Shot at Dawn looks at how during the First World War the concept of ‘shell shock’ – now known as PTSD – was not known and was not accepted as an excuse for desertion or any of the other offences which resulted in men being shot."

    I haven't read this book - information about it can be found at

    http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wa...ecuted-7879094

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    One person's family history:

    "In defence of family history

    After shopping and porn, family history is the most popular activity on the web. Alison Light, who has spent years tracing her ancestors, defends it against scholarly condescension."

    http://www.theguardian.com/books/201...elation-family

    Common People: The History of An English Family by Alison Light
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    An interesting article about using (well researched) historical novels to put your ancestors into the context of their times. Some of my favourites and some new ones to try.

    Using Historical Novels for Family History
    - it includes an "Advent Calender" of 24 reviews.The main link takes you to Over 5000 Historical Novels Listed by Time and Place
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    Historical Fiction.

    The Morland Dynasty by Cynthia Harrod Eagles.

    A series of 36 novels spanning the 1400s to the first world war, about the fictional Morland family of Yorkshire. Well written and historically accurate, they have been described as "history without tears". The Morlands are wealthy landowners, so their fortunes are closely tangled with the Crown. Each book is a stand alone novel but you will always want to read the next one to find out what happened next! She has a light style and a wonderful way with words.

    I thoroughly recommend this saga.

    OC

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    I agree with you OC, a really good series which I first started reading many years ago. I'll have to have another look at it as I don't think I read the last two or three.
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    I also agree about the Morland Dynasty. It's many years since I read them, and I'm sure that I haven't read the later ones!

    In fact, I think I only read about a dozen of them!!
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