Signing to launch historical book


Keith Melton’s new novel Captain Cobbler, which is to be launched officially on October 1, with a book signing in Louth, tells the story of the Lincolnshire Uprising from the point of view of Nicholas Melton, who was a shoemaker in Louth in the reign of King Henry VIII.

Keith said: “The story is set in the tumultuous year of 1536. King Henry’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon, from whom he had divorced in a very contentious and unpopular way, died in suspicious circumstances in January 1536. Then Henry fell from his horse when jousting and his heavily armoured horse fell on top of him, badly injuring him. Then Ann Boleyn miscarried a male child and only a few short months afterwards King Henry executed her in order to marry his third wife Jane Seymour.”

“In the meantime Cromwell was dissolving the monasteries, closing 50 religious houses in Lincolnshire alone. Legbourne Abbey, which also ought to feature in a Wolds walking trail, was closed at the very end of September 1536 and this added fuel to the fire in the hearts of the rebels.”

Keith has flown from his home in Brazil to the county of his birth to launch his novel.

His first signing will be at Wright’s Bookshop in Louth on October 1 and will be followed by a book-signing at Tim Smith’s Bookshop in Horncastle on Thursday October 3, with other events to follow.