Inside the Tudor Court by Lauren Mackay

| March 28, 2014

The name ‘Eustace Chapuys’ is well-known to any Tudor historian, researcher and reader of Tudor books. Chapuys is famous for his despatches, which are invaluable to those writing about Henry VIII’s reign and the lives of prominent members of Henry VIII’s court, but most people know very little about the man behind the letters because […]

Le Temps Viendra: A Novel of Anne Boleyn Volume 2 by Sarah Morris

| March 11, 2014

Le Temps Viendra: A Novel of Anne Boleyn Volume I was published back in August 2012, which seems a long time ago now, so I was relieved when Volume II was released in December 2013. Obviously we all know how Anne Boleyn’s story ends, so readers weren’t left completely hanging, but Le Temps Viendra had […]

Katharine of Aragon: The Tragic Story of Henry VIII’s First Unfortunate Wife by Patrick Williams

| January 23, 2014

Amberley Publishing kindly sent me this book in the autumn and I finally had the chance to read it over Christmas. I was really looking forward to it as Katharine has been sorely neglected by historians in the past. A woman who was married to Henry VIII from 1509 to 1533 and who stood her […]

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 […]

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 Amazon.com, […]

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 Boleyn King by Laura Andersen

| June 5, 2013

We all love to “what if” when it comes to Anne Boleyn, don’t we?  – What if she hadn’t miscarried? What if that baby had been a living son? What if she hadn’t been executed? – but I’ve never been keen on the idea of alternative history novels, particularly after reading an awful one. However, […]

Jane Seymour: Henry VIII’s Favourite Wife by David Loades

| June 5, 2013

David Loades is an excellent historian and I thoroughly enjoyed his books on Henry VIII, Henry’s six wives and Mary I but I was disappointed by this biography. I came away feeling that I had not found out any more about Jane than I already knew from reading Elizabeth Norton’s biography and the various books […]

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. […]