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 Anne Boleyn Papers

| September 26, 2013

The paperback version of Elizabeth Norton’s Anne Boleyn in Her Own Words and the Words of Those Who Knew Her has just been released as The Anne Boleyn Papers. The new cover and title may confuse some readers, but it is the same book as the hardback which was released in 2011. I have both […]

Bessie Blount by Elizabeth Norton Now in Paperback

| September 26, 2013

Elizabeth Norton’s book Bessie Blount: Mistress to Henry VIII is now available in paperback. I reviewed the hardback version back in March 2012 – click here to read that now – but here are the paperback details: Paperback: 368 pages Publisher: Amberley Publishing (10 July 2013) Language: English ISBN-10: 1445613859 ISBN-13: 978-1445613857 Available at, […]

Bessie Blount: Mistress to Henry VIII by Elizabeth Norton

| March 16, 2012

I was eager to read this biography of Bessie Blount, Henry VIII’s mistress, after the controversy caused by The Daily Mail’s article “Henry VIII had a secret daughter who should have taken the throne before Elizabeth I, historian claims”. That intrigued me as although I had heard of Bessie’s daughter, Elizabeth Tailboys, I had never […]

England’s Queens: The Biography by Elizabeth Norton

| September 30, 2011

Elizabeth Norton’s latest offering is “England’s Queens: The Biography” which is described as “Her story, not his, the English monarchy through the private and public lives of the queens of England”. And that’s exactly what it is, a look at the history of England through the lives of its queen consorts and queens, from Boudica […]

Recent and Upcoming History Non-fiction Books

| August 16, 2010

A few weeks ago, I did a post about recent and upcoming historical fiction books and today I’m going to focus on non-fiction history books and biographies of historical characters within theĀ  Tudor and Elizabethan periods:- Margaret Beaufort: The Mother of the Tudor Dynasty by Elizabeth Norton – Due to be released in the UK […]

Catherine Parr by Elizabeth Norton

| June 8, 2010

Historian and author Elizabeth Norton’s biography of Catherine Parr was published by Amberley Publishing earlier this year and, like her other books, it is meticulously researched and a great read. I had recently read Linda Porter’s book on Catherine Parr but although Porter’s and Norton’s books obviously overlapped (how could they not?), each author had […]

Jane Seymour: Henry VIII’s True Love by Elizabeth Norton

| June 19, 2009

The Book of the Month over at the main Anne Boleyn Files site is “Jane Seymour: Henry VIII’s True Love” by Elizabeth Norton, published by Amberley Books. I have just read it and here is my review:- “Jane Seymour: Henry VIII’s True Love” by Elizabeth Norton (2009) I pre-ordered this Jane Seymour biography from Amazon […]