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Warspite115 Dec 2019 3:51 a.m. PST

Avid reader that I am, I was delighted to find a budget copy of The House of Beaufort (subtitle: the b*st*rd line that captured the crown) by Nathen Amin.

For those not aware, the Beauforts were the illegitimate children of John of Gaunt and his mistress Katherine Swinford and were the half-brothers and half-sister of Henry of Bolingbroke, later Henry IV.

Unusually John of Gaunt married his mistress after the death of his second wife and then petitioned Richard II and the Pope to legitimise them so that they could inherit. One price, however, was that they were barred from inheriting the throne. This last item was quietly forgotten when Henry Tudor, son of Margaret Beaufort, made his play at Bosworth more than 80 years later.

The book charts the rise and rise of the Beauforts, both in England and France, and the role of successive Beauforts in the later 100 Years War and then the so-called Wars of the Roses. As Dukes of Somerset, Beauforts fought in most of the major battles – two were killed, one at St.Albans and one after Tewkesbury.

For UK members, the book is available via High Street branches of The Works at the knockdown price of just £3.00 GBP in paperback, which is not bad for a £9.99 GBP book! I have bought previous WOTR books from The Works and I have always been pleased with the price of the book, if not the contents.

The Works also sell excellent paint brushes in their Boldmere range. I have not used it but I think The Works also sells online as well.


ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa15 Dec 2019 6:02 a.m. PST

Can't comment on the book though I might see if they have a copy when I next pass by a store.

I'm less enamoured of their Boldmere brushes – for the small ones the tips don't last and one of them simply broke the metal was so bad. Though some have performed okay – its probably a QC-thing. The accompanying acrylics seem okay for terrain not tried them on figures!

Personal logo Silurian Supporting Member of TMP15 Dec 2019 10:42 a.m. PST

Thanks Warspite. I'll be looking out for that book.

Warspite115 Dec 2019 12:04 p.m. PST

@ROUWet etc
I have never had problems with any of their brushes but I do wash them in acrylic thinners. I use the full range and wash them carefully afterwards.

I also use their acrylic paints but only for terrain work, too coarse for 15mm figures.

You are welcome!


ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa03 Jan 2020 10:15 a.m. PST

Bought and read in the intervening period (along side finally finishing Maurice Keen's The Outlaws of Medieval Legend and Ian Mortimer's Medieval Intrigue). Really can't beat it for £3.00 GBP Interesting biography of a key family of the period. Though once you hit the second generation I found keeping track of the familial relationships and marriages quite difficult.

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