Friday, September 23, 2016

#EHFA Celebrates Our Fifth Anniversary!

by Debra Brown

Thank you all for still being with us! The EHFA community is pleased to have posted five years of fascinating British history and introduced many historical fiction authors and historians (and their books) to time travelers everywhere.

There were changes afoot this year. I left off full time management of the blog and related work thanks to the assistance of a team of editors, Annie Whitehead, Anna Belfrage, EM Powell, Char Newcomb, and Cryssa Bazos. They have put many hours into keeping things going, for which the rest of us are most grateful. All but Annie and I met up at the HNS Conference in Oxford to deal with the stress....

Warrior in the woods
Copyright Matthew Harffy

Our most popular new post of 2016 was Swords, Seaxes and Saxons by Matthew Harffy. Do read it if you have not already, assuming you are intrigued by seventh century battle gear.



Our all time most popular post has not changed in three years. Seven Surprising Facts About Anne of Cleves by Nancy Bilyeau has had 51,950 views, far surpassing the second, Little Ease and the Tower of London, also by Ms. Bilyeau with 11,529. Other hot topics include Who Placed the Earliest Roman Footprint in Scotland? by Nancy Jardine, Stand And Deliver ... Your Tolls? The Rise and Fall of the Turnpikes by J.A. Beard, Victorian Violence: Repelling Ruffians by Terry Kroenung, and Tudor England's Most Infamous Villain: Richard Rich, 1st Baron Rich of Leez by Beth von Staats. Nancy Bilyeau has two more posts in the top ten, both Tudor tales. I'm seeing a definite lust, here, for Tudors and violence. And Nancy Bilyeau.

When I think back over the years, the post that stands out most in my mind is Old English - The Language of the Anglo Saxons by Richard Denning, mainly for the eerie video of the Lord's Prayer in Old English (yup, I just had to go play it again), but also because I learned something about the meaning of the names of English towns and locations. Fascinating!


Thank you to those who have bought Volumes One and/or Two of our anthology, Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors, published by Madison Street Publishing. Both volumes are now also available as lengthy audio books narrated by Ruth Golding. To quote Steven A. McKay, "Talk about value for money!" These are 25+ hours of fascinating listening while you do the laundry or commute.

Please join in the celebration of our five years by leaving a comment telling us what posts you remember, what authors you have discovered and loved, or anything. We'd like to hear from you and chat about your experiences with EHFA. And we are giving away two free audio books of Volume Two, names to be drawn in one week from those who comment below by a very disinterested party.

Thanks, and join us for another great year!


22 comments:

  1. It has been an honour and an absolute joy to be part of this team. The posts are always a joy to read - offering a wide variety of material from every period. Our contributors have the knack of sniffing out interesting stories and telling them in an accessible, yet still informative way. Here's to the next five years! :)

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    1. You're a star, Annie. Thanks for your hard work and devotion.

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  2. I am thrilled to be a regular contributor to the EHFA blog, and I'm amazed and delighted that one of my posts is the most popular post of 2016! Thank you to everyone for reading and all the other contributors for such wonderful articles.

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    1. Congrats on that! And thanks for being a part of the blog.

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  3. Thanks for all your hard work in producing the blog, team! It's always interesting and informative and it's a great pleasure to be an occasional contributor. Here's to the next 5 - and many more besides, I hope!

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    1. Thank you, Louise, for your great posts. I'm hoping for more from you.

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  4. I can't believe it's been 5 years! It's such a pleasure and an honor to be a participant. I must take my hat off to the administrative team-you are all stars!

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    1. I've learned much from your work, Lauren! Thanks.

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  5. Happy Anniversary and congratulations Debbie and team for a fantastic page/site.

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  6. Every day I look forward to the posts here.
    Happy Anniversary

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    1. Thank you, Lindsay! You are a great support.

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  7. Congrats on another huge milestone!!

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  8. Congratulations. Proud and privileged to be part of this amazing blog, which I admired before I joined! Abundant thanks to Debbie and all our Admins for their organisation skills, technical skills, promotional efforts, book publishing savvy, and support. May the future be even more successful than these past five years have been!

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    1. Thank you, Margaret! I am inspired by your gardening posts. I love gardening myself.

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  9. Great stuff, Debbie. You're a brilliant blog-captain (or whatever the technical term is) and the content is a daily delight. Here's to the future!

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    1. Thanks so much, Victoria. It's "Mother Hen". ;) Or it was till I shoved the work off onto the other girls.

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  10. The winners of the audio copies are Victoria Owens and Lindsay! Congrats!

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