Hello, I'm Toni

I study, teach and write about history. I bring history alive with my books, courses and talks, based on over thirty years of personal and academic research - please browse these pages to find out how I can share our history with you

Toni Mount, MA., BA (Hons)., Dip Creative Writing and Literature, Dip European Humanities, Cert Ed ...

"Pleasure should mingle with study so that the student may think learning an amusement, rather than a toil" 

Thomas Wolsey 1473-1530


Canterbury Medieval Pageant and Family Trail 2024

I had a fab day talking to hundreds of visitors at Canterbury's Medieval Pageant and Trail 2024 (and sold loads of books) - thanks to the organisers and everyone for coming. 

King Henry II came along to admire my books, in particular The Colour of Sin which is set in Canterbury, and I found a winner for my Japanese edition of How to Survive in Medieval England correctly identified the "for free" label we had written (in Japanese) on the cover 

Lullingstone Castle and World Garden

I was delighted attend the Medieval Magic weekend in the beautiful setting of Lullingstone Castle over the May bank holiday - it was lovely to meet so many interested visitors and share the event with the friendly crew from The Woodville Household. Now as a loyal Ricardian the Woodvilles may not be my fist choice of historic companions but as you might expect, they were delightful, friendly and helpful folk!

Over 40,000 copies of my Sebastian Foxley novels sold

The Colour of SIN is out now

For more details click here

I had three launch events: on Saturday April 6 in Maidstone, April 13 at Canterbury Library and Sunday April 14 at Sandwich Medieval Centre - if you came along, thank you for your support

The History of Medieval Gravesend is a 50 page introduction to the history of Gravesham in north Kent, before the time of the Tudors. 

Virtually everyone travelling from London to Canterbury, or Dover, had to pass through Gravesend, either on the Roman Watling Street, the old Dover Road or the 'Long Ferry' on the Thames from Westminster.

The name Gravesend goes back to the tenth century and beyond; before the Domesday Book, and centuries before the plague came to England. The name Gravesend was the village belonging to the Greeve and where his authority ended (Greeve's End). 

An Anglo Saxon settlement was here, as was a royal palace. The rights to a market were granted by the king and the right to ferry passengers to London was jealously guarded. Archbishops were born here, the town was destroyed by an invasion from France and survivors from the Wars of the Roses built their homes here. You can now order your copy in paperback or Kindle.

Anglo-Saxon cross found in Gravesend

Number One in


The Colour of Sin was top of the Hot New Releases on Amazon on launch day - as was The History of Medieval Gravesend 

I was LIVE on BBC Radio Kent on Friday lunchtime, talking about my new Sebastian Foxley adventure you can listen via BBC Sounds - search for The Dominic King Show on Radio Kent at around 12.40pm on the 29th of March 2024

We had a fantastic weekend at the Cambridge Living History Fair - thank you to everyone for coming to say 'Hi'

On Saturday 3 February I gave my ever-popular Medieval Housewives talk via zoom

for the RICHARD III SOCIETY Gloucester Branch 

This is my most popular talk, with anecdotes, recipes and shopping tips, we look at the lives of ordinary folk in the middle ages, including the instructions given by an elderly husband to his new young wife, plus child care, food and fashion.

Based on my first non-fiction book The Medieval Housewife and Women of the Middle Ages.

I was LIVE this afternoon (Saturday Feb 10) talking about my book How to Survive in Medieval England via Zoom with patrons of Ashland Library Mass, USA - I hope you enjoyed the talk - for your own copy please click here 

How to Survive in Anglo-Saxon England is announced

My new Anglo-Saxon survival book is due for release in September and can be pre-ordered now.

THIS BOOK COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE! If you are planning to travel back to the England of Anglo-Saxon times and begin a new life without technology, how will you manage? If you were a king, a thegn or even a slave, what rights do you have under the law? Are women treated well by their husbands, and if you become sick, what are your chances of recovery? How might you earn your living, and the biggest worry: what to do about those fearsome Vikings? All these questions and more are answered in this self-help guide for time-travellers. It explores the difficulties you may encounter and the problems that might occur, especially as you are a newcomer in this very different world. 

Richard III's letter is now on show at Sandwich Guildhall Museum

Transcription of Sa/ZB2/178 done at the Kent Archives Maidstone (KHLC)

Richard’s signet

Trusty and welbeloved we grete you wele. And forasmoche as it comen to our knowledge that a certain [missing]

of Bretayne shippes now being in fflaundres bene prepared and arredied to departe fromthence in all [missing]

into thair Cuntrey. We therfore considering that the breche of the lieg and Amitie late betw(een)[missing]

Duc of Bretayne hath growen and proceded of him self oonly by occasion of his injuste demean(our)[missing]

toward us as it is notorily known and desire and heartily prey you that in all hast to you possible [missing]

and manne oute alman[er] shippes and othre hable vessailes within our havon ther for to enddev(our) [missing]

recountre and take the same bretayne shippes in thair said going homeward[es] Shewing your [missing]

diligenc[es] herin as we verraily trust you. And as you therfore may have us the better sov[er]ain (to aide) [missing]

you in any your reasonable cause herafter. And that you geve ful credence unto our trusty servaunt Thomas (Bryan?)

berer herof in that he shal sey unto you on our behalve more at large touching this matier. Yeven

under our Signet at our Cite of London the xiijth day of Decembre.

To our trusty and welbeloved the Maier and his Brethern of oure Towne of Sandewiche


Transcription of Sa/ZB2/178 done at the Kent Archives (KHLC) by Toni Mount

How to Survive in Medieval England  is now available from Audible as an unabridged audiobook – narrated by Derek Perkins and published by Tantor Audio

click here to download your audio book

My Richard III talk in Sandwich was FULLY BOOKED

Sandwich Medieval Trust organised a wonderful event to mark Richard III's visit to their Kentish town in January 1484. RIII was worried about the threat of another invasion from France and what's the latest news on those pesky Princes in the Tower?


Philippa Langley's latest research project provides more evidence for those who have maintained for many years that The Princes in the Tower survived.

I wrote about it in my book Richard III King of Controversy

Now re-released my paperback Richard III King of Controversy is available as a paperback or Ebook from Amazon. It's a concise yet detailed introduction to the story and controversies surrounding one of England's best known Kings; Richard III reigned for only 2 years, but his reputation has grown and intrigued generations over the centuries. His body was discovered in an amazing twist of fate in 2012, and his re-internment in Leicester Cathedral in 2015 created yet more controversy for this most enigmatic King of England.

This new pocket sized paperback edition was updated in 2023 click here for your copy or on Kindle here

My first Tudor non-fiction - OUT NOW

Imagine you're transported back to Tudor England and had to start a new life there, without smartphones, satnav or social media, how will you know where you are or where to go? Where will you live and where will you work? And who can you turn to if you fall ill or God forbid if you upset the king? In a period when execution by beheading was the fate of thousands how can you keep your head in Tudor England?

All these questions are answered in this new guidebook to make your visit to the 16th century much more fun. Enjoy interviews with the celebrities of the day, and learn some new words to set the mood for your time-travelling adventure. Have an exciting visit but be sure to keep this book to hand.

Order the paperback from the publisher Pen & Sword here here 

or your favourite online bookstore here 

My new weekly classes have started but we still have room for you - each 'lesson' is self-contained so you can join in anytime

- go to my classes page for more details

13.5 million pages read on Kindle Unlimited

Tim from Madeglobal tells me that readers have read over thirteen million pages of my Seb Foxley novels - I'm shocked so many people enjoy what I write

E.M Powell, author of the Stanton and Barling medieval mysteries “Toni Mount paints a vivid picture of medieval London that is as colourful as an illuminated manuscript. A hearty huzzah for the return of Seb Foxley!” 

Tracy Borman, historian and broadcaster “An atmospheric and compelling thriller that takes the reader to the dark heart of medieval London.”

Matthew Lewis author and chairman of Richard III Society “Toni Mount continues to delight with the superbly crafted Seb Foxley mysteries. Impeccable research and sculpted characters combine with an engaging narrative to create another irresistible story. This series goes from strength to strength, and I’m already looking forward to the next instalment”

My first two Seb Foxley mysteries, The Colour of Poison and The Colour of Gold, have just been released as a single, hardback edition click here for your copy

How to Survive in Medieval England going global

My latest factual book has been sold to China and Japan and will be published in those new markets next year

Audio Book

My medieval best-seller is now available from Audible ... and it's narrated unabridged by the wonderful, multiple award-winning English audiobook narrator and actress Anne Flosnik. 

No 1 Best Seller

Following a flurry of activity and renewed interest in January 202Medieval London, first published by Amberley Publishing in 2014, rose majestically up the best-seller rankings on Amazon UK to become No.1 on at least three lists

Sandwich Medieval Festival

we had a wonderful weekend meeting new friends at The Sandwich Medieval Centre in Kent - thank you to everyone who bought copies of my books, I hope you enjoy them. You can find all my books for sale here

Battle of Bosworth weekend

Home from a tiring but triumphant visit to Bosworth Medieval Festival, giving my talk on How to Survive in Medieval England, to receive this email "Thank you so much for coming this weekend. You were absolutely fantastic. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed your talk. We’d  love to have you back..."

We had a wonderful time at Middleham Castle selling my books at the Richard III weekend.

I sold lots of books too, so thank you to everyone who came and we hope to see you again next year

The Colour of Rubies is book #10 in the Sebastian Foxley series and is available here

My latest non-fiction book is How to Survive in Medieval England; it's my first for the popular publisher Pen & Sword Books.

This useful guide is a vital accessory when you next visit the Middle-Ages. How will you manage without your mobile phone, internet or social media? When transport means walking or, for the better off, horse-back, how will you know where you are or where to go? Where will you live and what should you eat?

What if you fall ill or are mugged in the street?

All these questions and many more are answered in this new self-help guide: How to Survive in Medieval England comes with top-tips to make your visit to the Middle Ages much more fun; have a go at preparing medieval dishes and learn some new words to set the mood for your adventure.

PLUS unique interviews with the celebrities of the day, from a successful business woman and a condemned felon, to a royal cook and a very controversial King Richard III.

Have an exciting visit to medieval England but be sure to keep this book to hand - coming soon mybook.to/MedEngland

The World of Isaac Newton

is available now - click here

We have updated this FREE ebook which now contains 28 letters, plus bonus material about me, my writing and the historic background to the series and best of all - it's free, just click the link from my publisher MadeGlobal!


Book Launch Blog Tour

The following guest blogs which can still be read:

Published by MadeGlobal.com

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