The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor by Elizabeth Norton

| December 10, 2015

Historian Elizabeth Norton’s latest book focuses on the years 1547-1549 when the teenage Elizabeth, the future Elizabeth I and the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, becomes embroiled in a scandal regarding Thomas Seymour, the new husband of Elizabeth’s stepmother Dowager Queen Catherine Parr. While the book’s cover and title focus on Elizabeth, The […]

The Tudor Tutor: Your Cheeky Guide to the Tudor Dynasty by Barb Alexander

| November 2, 2015

Congratulations to Barb Alexander, who you may know from The Tudor Tutor blog, on the re-release of her book The Tudor Tutor: Your Cheeky Guide to the Tudor Dynasty. Barb originally self-published her book, back in 2013, but is has been re-released by Skyhorse Publishing with beautiful colourful illustrations by Lisa Graves, author and illustrator […]

Watch the Lady by Elizabeth Fremantle

| June 15, 2015

I loved Elizabeth Fremantle’s previous Tudor novels, Queen’s Gambit and Sisters of Treason, so was over the moon when a review copy of Watch the Lady landed on my doorstep, particularly as it was about a woman who isn’t usually a heroine of historical fiction: Penelope Devereux. If you don’t know, Penelope Devereux was the […]

Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen and the Men Who Loved Her by Robert Stephen Parry

| July 15, 2014

This was the ideal book to take on my recent holiday – it was Tudor history but it was a book you could dip into and it was light-hearted, so not at all heavy or academic. Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen and the Men Who Loved Her is described as “a series of biographical sketches from […]

Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter by Anne Clinard Barnhill

| July 7, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed Anne Clinard Barnhill’s last Tudor novel, At the Mercy of the Queen, and so jumped at the chance of reviewing Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter: A Novel of Elizabeth I. Don’t worry, the novel doesn’t claim that Elizabeth had a daughter, it’s actually about her ward Mary Shelton. Mary Shelton was a real person. […]

God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England by Jessie Childs

| May 16, 2014

This is the best history book I’ve read in the last few months. I just can’t say enough good things about it. I’ve raved about it to friends, family and contacts, and read passages out to my husband and anyone who would listen. It is fantastic! What makes it so fantastic? Well, I could say […]

The Tournament by Matthew Reilly

| March 14, 2014

The Tournament is the latest thriller from internationally bestselling author Matthew Reilly. I’ve never read any of his books before, but this historical appears to be a departure from his usual work. I read all 400+ pages of The Tournament in one weekend. I was hooked from the outset and I enjoyed every minute of […]

The Tudors: A Very Short Introduction by John Guy

| October 17, 2013

The Tudors: A Very Short Introduction is a pocket sized guide to the Tudor monarchs and their reign and is just over 130 pages. Oxford University Press describes the Very Short Introduction series, which seems to cover every topic you can think of, as “pocket-sized books” which “are the perfect way to get ahead in […]

Tudor: The Family Story by Leanda de Lisle

| August 29, 2013

Historian Leanda de Lisle’s new book, Tudor: The Family Story, has just been released in the UK and I was fortunate to be sent a review copy. You could be forgiven for thinking that there’s nothing more to say about the Tudors after the books by G. J. Meyer, Peter Ackroyd, Richard Rex… but you’d […]

The Tudor Conspiracy: A Novel (The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles) by C W Gortner

| July 25, 2013

I’d been looking forward to book two of The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles coming out since being completely gripped by the first book, “The Tudor Secret” – click here to read my review of that one. Just like the first book, this book has all the right ingredients for historical fiction lovers: intrigue, danger, spies, […]