Katherine Howard: The Tragic Story of Henry VIII’s Fifth Queen by Josephine Wilkinson

| April 7, 2016

I’ve been looking forward to this book coming out for some time as I knew that Josephine was working on it. For years, the only real biographies of Katherine Howard were the ones by Lacey Baldwin Smith and Joanna Denny, so I am very pleased that Katherine is now being reappraised by the likes of […]

The Tapestry by Nancy Bilyeau

| April 27, 2015

The Tapestry is the final book in Nancy Bilyeau’s Joanna Stafford trilogy and it is a fitting end to a wonderful series. I was lucky to discover the trilogy late on, which meant that I could read The Crown, The Chalice and The Tapestry one after the other instead of gnashing my teeth and pacing […]

The Six Wives and Many Mistresses of Henry VIII: The Women’s Stories by Amy Licence

| December 22, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed Amy Licence’s books on Eizabeth of York and Cecily Neville, so I was interested in reading her take on Henry VIII, his wives and mistresses. Although the title suggests that it focuses on the women’s stories and tells things from their point of view, I didn’t find it a ‘feminized’ account of […]

Six of One: A Tudor Riff by JoAnn Spears

| March 9, 2012

A fun, rather irreverent, entertaining spoof, is how I’d describe “Six of One” by JoAnn Spears. In Spears’s story, modern day history professor, Dolly, is preparing to marry Henry, a man who has baggage – six ex wives, two daughters and a son. As a Tudor history lover, Dolly finds Henry’s story funny as it […]

The Six Wives of Henry VIII By David Loades

| October 26, 2009

This new book on Henry VIII and his six wives was published by Amberley Publishing to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accesion to the throne and tells the story of Henry VIII from 1504, when he was a Renaissance Prince and second in line to the throne, right through to his death […]

The King’s Rose by Alisa M Libby

| July 21, 2009

We all know the story of Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, who was executed for adultery after breaking the King’s heart, but have we ever considered the story from Catherine’s viewpoint and do we ever really consider who Catherine really was? Alisa Libby’s book, “The King’s Rose”, tells the story in Catherine’s own words, […]