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 […]

A Queen of a New Invention: Portraits of Lady Jane Grey Dudley, England’s Nine Days Queen by J. Stephan Edwards

| June 3, 2015

There are twenty-nine surviving portraits which have, at one time or another, been said to depict the ill-fated “Nine Days Queen” Lady Jane Grey, but the authenticity of many of them is, at best, dubious. In his book A Queen of a New Invention: Portraits of Lady Jane Grey Dudley, England’s Nine Days Queen, Lady […]

Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle

| July 5, 2014

I found Elizabeth Fremantle’s first book The Queen’s Gambit a riveting read so I was looking forward to diving into Sisters of Treason. I enjoyed Fremantle’s first novel but this one was even better and I found it hard to put down. Sisters of Treason was inspired by Leanda de Lisle’s non-fiction book The Sisters […]

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 […]

Her Highness, the Traitor by Susan Higginbotham

| February 20, 2012

I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Susan Higginbotham’s upcoming novel “Her Highness, the Traitor”, and I’m so glad I did. My husband will testify to my enjoyment of it because I kept reading bits out to him and telling him how refreshing it was to read a novel where John Dudley […]

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 […]

The Tudor Secret by C W Gortner

| February 8, 2011

“The Tudor Secret” is the latest novel from C W Gortner, author of “The Last Queen” and “The Confessions of Catherine de Medici”, and I was excited about reading it when I heard that it was actually the first book in a series called “The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles” and was described as being “filled […]

Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery by Eric Ives

| February 11, 2010

With it being the anniversary of Lady Jane Grey’s execution tomorrow I thought it was fitting for me to publish my review of Eric Ives’s biography “Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery”. If you keep up with my posts on The Anne Boleyn Files, you will know that I am Professor Ives’s number one fan […]

The Sisters Who Would be Queen by Leanda de Lisle

| December 9, 2009

“The Sisters Who Would Be Queen: The Tragedy of Katherine, Mary and Lady Jane Grey” is a non-fiction account of the stories of these three sisters, the times they lived in and the monarchs who reigned in their lifetimes. I was desperate to read this after reading Jeane Westin’s historical novel, “The Virgin’s Daughters”, and […]