The Children of Henry VIII by John Guy

| May 9, 2013

John Guy is one of my favourite historians. He is so thorough in his research, his books are always fully referenced, allowing the reader to check the sources for themselves, and he writes in a very ‘readable’ style. This means that anyone from the casual history fan to a history scholar can appreciate his work. […]

Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I

| April 15, 2013

I first came across the heroine of Roses Have Thorns, Lady Helena Gorges (born Elin von Snakenborg) when researching Elizabeth I’s household. I was immediately intrigued. Why was there a Swedish lady in Elizabeth’s household? How did she get there and what was her story? Well, Sandra Byrd tells her story in this wonderful novel. […]

The Truth of the Line by Melanie V Taylor

| March 11, 2013

Thank you so much to Melanie for sending me a review copy of her novel, The Truth of the Line. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it. Melanie is an art historian and teacher and this novel is the result of her fascination with the life of Elizabethan miniaturist Nicholas Hilliard, his miniature […]

The Spymaster’s Daughter by Jeane Westin

| October 19, 2012

I haven’t been reading for pleasure much recently as I’ve been so focused on writing and editing, but when this came through the post I just had to start it. I adored Jeane’s previous novels so I had high hopes for this one, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. It was a joy to read and […]

Her Majesty’s Spymaster: Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham, and the Birth of Modern Espionage

| June 11, 2012

Thank you so much to Niki Incorvia, M.A., for writing this review of Her Majesty’s Spymaster: Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham, and the Birth of Modern Espionage by Stephen Budiansky As I was browsing my university’s library shelves, this book caught my eye. I am currently taking a course on international war and as with […]

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 Tudors by G J Meyer

| September 14, 2011

This review is of the UK paperback two volume series “The Tudors” by G J Meyer which is split into two books: Henry VII to Henry VIII and Lady Jane Grey to Elizabeth I. The books are described by the publisher, Amberley, as “the complete story of England’s most notorious dynasty” and Meyer does do […]

Elizabeth’s Women: Friends, Rivals, and Foes Who Shaped the Virgin Queen by Tracy Borman, and Legacy: The Acclaimed Novel of Elizabeth, England’s Most Passionate Queen — and the Three Men Who Loved Her by Susan Kay

| September 2, 2011

The following review of these two Elizabeth I themed books, one factual and one fiction, is written by our regular reviewer, Niki A. Incorvia, M.A. Thank you, Niki! Elizabeth’s Women: Friends, Rivals, and Foes Who Shaped the Virgin Queen by Tracy Borman, and Legacy: The Acclaimed Novel of Elizabeth, England’s Most Passionate Queen — and […]

Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens by Jane Dunn

| April 1, 2011

Today’s book review is by our regular book reviewer, Niki Incorvia, M.A. Thanks, Niki! Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens by Jane Dunn My interest in Mary Queen of Scots began to peak when I started reading about the dynamics of Elizabeth’s reign. With both queens close in age and ruling in neighboring countries, it […]

Five Women of the English Reformation by Paul F Zahl

| March 18, 2011

Guest review by Niki A. Incorvia, M.A – Thanks, Niki!:- I have primarily read historical fiction books of the Tudor era, until Amazon “suggested” to me Paul F. Zahl’s Five Women of the English Reformation. Zahl includes amongst these women, Anne Boleyn, Anne Askew, Katherine Parr, Jane Grey, and finally, Catherine Willoughby, chosen from those […]