Tudor Tales by Dave Tonge

| March 16, 2016

Dave Tonge is a historian turned professional story-teller, a man used to entertaining adults and children with historical tales at events and at historic sites, and this skill and expertise shines through in his book Tudor Tales. Sometimes, people can be good at public speaking and entertaining audiences live but it then doesn’t work when […]

From the Charred Remains by Susanna Calkins

| March 7, 2016

From the Charred Remains is a historical mystery set in 1666 just after the Great Fire has swept through the city. The protagonist, Lucy Campion, a maid in the household of the local magistrate, is helping to clear away the rubble of buildings burnt down by the fire, when two boys discover a body. A […]

Seven Will Out: A Renaissance Revel by JoAnn Spears

| November 25, 2015

Back in 2012, I read and reviewed JoAnn Spears’ Six of One: A Tudor Riff describing it as “a fun, rather irreverent, entertaining spoof”. I thoroughly enjoyed it because it was just so different to the usual historical fiction, and it was entertaining and cheeky. In Six of One, the protagonist history professor Dolly was […]

Rebellion by Livi Michael

| September 25, 2015

Livi Michael’s new book Rebellion follows on from her excellent historical fiction debut, Succession, which took readers from 1444, when the Earl of Suffolk stood proxy for Henry VI at his marriage to Margaret of Anjou, to the bloody Battle of Towton in 1461 and the accession of Edward IV. The story was told through […]

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 […]

The Tutor by Andrea Chapin

| June 7, 2015

I’ve been having a bit of a historical fiction fest recently and I have to say that there some magical novels coming out at the moment. You’d think that there was nothing new to write, but the Tudor period is still providing plenty of inspiration for novelists. Andrea Chapin’s novel The Tutor is set in […]

The Dragon of Handale by Cassandra Clark

| May 4, 2015

Thank you to Penelope Wright for reviewing this historical novel for us. Over to Penny… This is the 5th novel by Cassandra Clark but the first I have read. I thought, this is another medieval mystery, similar to others I have read, some by Priscilla Royal who has written many books about religious women investigating […]

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 Crown: A Novel by Nancy Bilyeau

| March 13, 2015

Nancy Bilyeau’s The Crown is the first in a trilogy which has become known as the Joanna Stafford series. The books are set in Henry VIII’s reign and the protagonist is Joanna Stafford, a Dominican nun who is also a member of the once favoured Stafford family. The trilogy consists of The Crown, The Chalice […]

Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles by Margaret George

| March 11, 2015

Thank you to Penelope Wright for reviewing Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles, which is a whopper of a book being 800+ pages! Over to Penny… Phew! This novel about the life of Mary, Queen of Scots is similar in size to War and Peace. Although it takes some reading I did enjoy it. […]