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 […]

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 […]

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 Tudor Conspiracy: A Novel (The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles) by C W Gortner

| July 25, 2013

I’d been looking forward to book two of The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles coming out since being completely gripped by the first book, “The Tudor Secret” – click here to read my review of that one. Just like the first book, this book has all the right ingredients for historical fiction lovers: intrigue, danger, spies, […]

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. […]

Mary Tudor by David Loades

| November 17, 2011

Twenty years after the publication of his first book on Mary I, “Mary Tudor: A Life”, David Loades has released a brand new biography of Mary. In the preface of this new book, Loades writes of how he has not changed his mind about her but that he has “rethought aspects of her life and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen by Anna Whitelock

| September 20, 2010

The Tudors series, with the excellent Sarah Bolger playing Mary, and Linda Porter’s biography have definitely helped me to empathise with Mary and understand the woman behind the “Bloody Mary” myth, so I was desperate to read this new book on Mary by historian Anna Whitelock, a former student of David Starkey. In her Huffington […]

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 […]