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16/01/12 - Strode History Lecturer Reveals Bloody but Forgotten story of a French Invasion of England
Strode News

A new book by Strode College history lecturer Sean McGlynn was published yesterday.  'Blood Cries Afar' is the first book to reveal details of the bloody but forgotten French invasion of England in 1216, one of the most dramatic but overlooked stories in history, which was almost a second Norman Conquest.

In the book Sean McGlynn offers the first detailed military analysis of this epic struggle for England, describing the sieges, battles and atrocities of the invasion and its colourful leaders, including King John.   

A review in 'The Spectator' magazine said: "McGlynn tells a dashing story with gusto... an entertaining military history of a very exciting reign."

Sean McGlynn teaches Medieval and Early Modern History at Strode College for the University of Plymouth's Foundation Degree in History, Heritage and Archaeology. He is also the author of the acclaimed book 'By Sword and Fire: Cruelty and Atrocity in Medieval Warfare', which was published in four languages. He has been commissioned to write two more books on medieval history which are due out in late 2012 and early 2013. 

Sean McGlynn is part of a highly knowledgeable, experienced and enthusiastic history team at Strode College, which also includes Andy Pickering who has published popular and academic history books covering subjects such as witch-hunting in England and Europe, race and American society, and the reign of Elizabeth I.   

In 2011 Strode A Level History students achieved 100% pass rate with 60% A* to B grades and 83% A* to C grades. All of Strode's 2011 Foundation Degree students were successful, with three achieving distinctions. 

'Blood Cries Afar' is available for £20 from all good bookshops, Amazon, The History Press or from Marston Book Services, Tel: 01235 465577.