Monday, February 8, 2016

EFFIGY HUNTER readers are saying...

Available at
Amazon US http://bit.ly/EffigyHunter 

By on October 30, 2015
Millions died during the Black Death, and the plague was no respecter of class. So many lives were lost that Europe’s nobility had to seek spouses among the commoners. Royal blood seeped outward, and as a result, most Americans with English ancestry are descended from kings, including me. So is Christy Robinson, and this masterful storyteller has turned her quest for royal ancestors’ resting places into "Effigy Hunter."

Is this intriguing book a history, genealogy, or personal memoir? All that, and more. Ms. Robinson’s meticulous charts provide readers with locations and descriptions of tombs and effigies, interspersed with unique photographs and lively travel anecdotes. Whether you wish you could make the trip to England to visit your royal ancestors’ graves, or have lunch at the holy isle of Lindisfarne with an engaging guide, the informative and entertaining "Effigy Hunter" is for you.

By on September 28, 2015
Genealogy enthusiast and historical author Christy K Robinson’s family history searches have taken her into the great cathedrals and obscure country churches in which her own ancestors—and those of the millions of other people sharing their genes—and other notables were either interred or commemorated. Her latest book is a treasure trove of information about the burial styles of her numerous subjects, primarily royalty and aristocracy of Britain and Europe during the Dark Ages and Medieval times. Not only does she analyse specific monuments and their symbolic elements, she describes the effects of civil wars and religious disputes on the physical contents of churches and examines discrepancies between burial records and popular legend.

A valuable reference for historians and genealogists, Effigy Hunter is equally a travelogue and travel memoir. Through anecdote, illustrations, and photographs, Robinson shares her extensive travels through England and other countries. Region-by-region sections contain charts of essential information on the location and dates of effigies and memorials, making this a useful field guide for those wishing to visit sites in person. As entertaining as it is informative!
History / Genealogy / Travelogue indeed! A fascinating genre-bender!
S. Ling on September 26, 2015
This review is from: Effigy Hunter (Paperback)

I received this book from the author as an advanced reader not really knowing what to expect, but I was delightfully captivated!

I love history for many reasons. Connecting with a past that is far removed from our present is an adventure -- learning about the movers and shakers of the day, what motivated them, and how they shaped the world, all of which is a good study for modern people; but perhaps what is most interesting to me about history above all things is connecting with the day-to-day lives of ordinary people who lived and breathed, who had hopes and dreams for life, and who did the best they could with the life they were given. Christy Robinson, in her forward, states about her book that it is a "history of human beings whose lives are mostly forgotten." She uses the effigies of long-dead people to try to breathe some life into the people behind the stone, saying "it's not about the blank stare of the 700-year-old marble effigy -- it's the reminder of the person it represents." In her search for each effigy, she, like others who go in search of ancestors, appreciated the connection with these people whose effigies grace the many churches across Europe, taking in the notion that the people whose effigies now stand cold and dark in those places actually stood in those same places at some point in their lives. The effigies provide a way to wonder about the lives of the people, not just wonder at their tombs.

After a bit of introduction, the book follows a trail of effigies regionally throughout mostly Great Britain, but also onto Continental Europe. Information is given about the effigies themselves, the detailed information about their locations and condition, but vignettes of certain individuals make the reading very easy and enjoyable. It's part travelogue/part reference book in a way I have never encountered before. Robinson has a very easy and casual writing style, easily accessible by the casual reader and more serious history student alike.

I would recommend this book to people interested in history and genealogy as well as anyone planning trips involving these regions to do a similar search of their own. A lot of time and care was put into the writing of this book, and it is a worthwhile companion for any traveler.

By on September 26, 2015
Author Christy Robinson has a unique set of talents and interests. In this book, Effigy Hunter, her uniqueness has never been more evident. The narrative portions of the book are fascinating as travelogue. The charts that map the locations of important effigies are informative and meticulous works of original research.

I was fascinated with the book on two counts—as a historian and as a genealogist. This book is loaded with my ancestors (ancestors that are common—and, thus, of interest—to multitudes) and many other historically significant individuals. One need not have ancestors in the book to be captivated by its compelling narratives related to travel, biography and history.
This book defies genre. It is unique. It is interesting. It is academically valuable. You will profit from reading Effigy Hunter. I did.

By Mr. M. Williamson on September 27, 2015
Format: Paperback
As someone who loves history and heritage I was naturally intrigued by Christy K Robinson's latest work: 'Effigy Hunter'; I wasn't too sure what to expect, a very similar feeling to grasping that ancient iron church door handle and pushing open the heavy oak door to reveal hidden treasures in the hushed gloom...

What I did find in Effigy Hunter was an impeccably well-researched read, written in an easily-accessible manner; Christy's adventures in tracking down ancestral memorials in forgotten corners of churches, big and small, throughout the UK and further afield are a pleasure to read and knit together to form a fascinating picture of her past.

By on September 29, 2015
Not really sure how to describe this book! Are you fascinated with medieval history? Do you have an interest in genealogy? Do you look for a burial place in hopes of finding an ancestor or person from history? Are you curious about why people were buried they way they were, or where they are? Do you have an interest in the intricate symbolism in churches and tombs? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this book is for you! Christy K. Robinson tells us about all these things through personal experience and impeccable research. I found I couldn't put it down. Easy to read, with tables of names, dates, and specific places that are very easy to follow. My favorite part of the book would have to be chapter 3, which describes the parts of a medieval church. The stories of who founded these churches and who are buried there are quite interesting. The intricate details of tombs and how they change through the centuries are also included. We get glimpses into these people's lives which makes this book all the more interesting. I guess if I had to describe this book it would be "The book you didn't know you needed, but you do!" A must for medieval lovers.

By on October 1, 2015
This is an excellent guide for anyone searching for resting places of their ancestors among the churches of England. Set out county by county, it is a friendly book, easy to read and very informative. Far from just a list of places and people, Ms Robinson has little stories to tell about many of the people whose effigies she has successfully hunted. An invaluable resource for anyone undertaking family research, or just those intrigued by the names and stories behind the crumbling stone images, brass plaques and magnificent tombs.

By on October 7, 2015
A wonderful book for those interested in history and genealogy that takes you through graveyards, churches, abbeys, and anywhere else where many historical well-known people are buried. It's filled with information, photographs, and lovely descriptions that the reader can enjoy while traveling along with the author in her search for the burial spots of her ancestors and many others. I loved the description of the medieval church, and also of the crusaders. It is focused primarily on England, but also includes burial spots of many in Europe, including France, Hungary, and Italy.

For travelers, as well as those of the armchair variety, it is a fabulous book to enjoy. I loved it.

By on October 17, 2015
What an adventure! #EffigyHunter breaks the mold; it is travel writing, history, genealogy, yet it takes the reader to the United Kingdom, Paris, and other places in Europe giving new insights to those places while invoking the experienced traveler of good memories. Even the historian will learn nuggets of new historical information. The traveler will be along for the ride in this conversational romp through the United Kingdom and other points in Europe. The royalty depicted left millions of us as descendants. It's a miracle through centuries of sometimes-violent history that there are this many medieval effigies left. Try this book! You'll have fun and learn at the same time.

By on October 11, 2015
I wasn't exactly sure what to expect when I began reading Effigy Hunter, as it is a genre bender. However, I have found it to be strangely fascinating. I am impressed with the depth of research and detail that has been put into this book. It brings to life real people who are usually only remembered as epitaphs. I particularly appreciate the logic presented regarding burial places of individuals. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in medieval history/genealogy as I am.

By on December 13, 2015
Effigy Hunter is a fine book for anyone looking to go to England to see historic sites, specifically the monuments to many of our ancestors and many impressive grave sites. With 60 cool pictures in the book, I highly recommend it to those that like to have a reference library of our British noble or royal ancestors. I'm glad I bought it — The price is certainly nice.

By on November 7, 2015
I can't tell you enough how fascinating this book is! Its like Rick Steves meets Indiana Jones! It's engaging, historical and utterly relevant information is a traveler's absolute "must have" if you're an individual researching your family tree or even just hitting the road less traveled by tourists. Even if you're an armchair or virtual traveler, don't leave this book behind as you go traipsing back in time, exploring who you are and where you came from!


  1. Christy,


    I want to let you know that your blog is listed in today's Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2016/03/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-march-11.html

    Have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you, Jana. How kind of you! I hope your followers will enjoy the articles in Rooting For Ancestors.


All comments are moderated. Reasonable, thoughtful comments are encouraged. Impolite comments will be 'moderated' to the recycle bin.