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. […]

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 […]

Her Majesty’s Spymaster: Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham, and the Birth of Modern Espionage

| June 11, 2012

Thank you so much to Niki Incorvia, M.A., for writing this review of Her Majesty’s Spymaster: Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham, and the Birth of Modern Espionage by Stephen Budiansky As I was browsing my university’s library shelves, this book caught my eye. I am currently taking a course on international war and as with […]

Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens by Jane Dunn

| April 1, 2011

Today’s book review is by our regular book reviewer, Niki Incorvia, M.A. Thanks, Niki! Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens by Jane Dunn My interest in Mary Queen of Scots began to peak when I started reading about the dynamics of Elizabeth’s reign. With both queens close in age and ruling in neighboring countries, it […]

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 […]

The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory

| July 10, 2009

As many of you know, I spend my days reading biographies, historical texts and researching Tudor history, so it was actually quite refreshing to get lost in a fictional novel for a change and this Philippa Gregory one did not disappoint. In my opinion there are three vital elements of a top quality historical novel:- […]