The Six Wives and Many Mistresses of Henry VIII: The Women’s Stories by Amy Licence

| December 22, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed Amy Licence’s books on Eizabeth of York and Cecily Neville, so I was interested in reading her take on Henry VIII, his wives and mistresses. Although the title suggests that it focuses on the women’s stories and tells things from their point of view, I didn’t find it a ‘feminized’ account of […]

Bessie Blount: Mistress to Henry VIII by Elizabeth Norton

| March 16, 2012

I was eager to read this biography of Bessie Blount, Henry VIII’s mistress, after the controversy caused by The Daily Mail’s article “Henry VIII had a secret daughter who should have taken the throne before Elizabeth I, historian claims”. That intrigued me as although I had heard of Bessie’s daughter, Elizabeth Tailboys, I had never […]

Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings by Alison Weir

| October 13, 2011

I’ve been holding off writing a review of Alison Weir’s new book, “Mary Boleyn: The Great and Infamous Whore” or “Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings”, because I didn’t want to come across as “bashing” someone who is a respected author and historian, and a lady I really like on a personal level. However, I’ve […]

Scandalous Women by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon

| March 1, 2011

I had the great pleasure of meeting Elizabeth Kerri Mahon on The Anne Boleyn Experience Tour last year and I was very excited when she told me that she was in the middle of writing a book on ‘scandalous’ women in history, with a chapter dedicated to Anne Boleyn. I made her promise that she […]

The Other Tudors by Philippa Jones

| July 15, 2009

“The Other Tudors: Henry VIII’s Mistresses and Bastards” by Philippa Jones, and published by New Holland Publishers, is a fascinating read, particularly as I have recently read Kelly Hart’s book on the same topic. This book, however, takes things much further and really delves into Henry’s love life and also puts forward the theory that […]

Mary Boleyn: The True Story of Henry VIII’s Favourite Mistress

| July 1, 2009

I was so excited to receive a copy of Amberley Publishing’s “Mary Boleyn: The True Story of Henry VIII’s Favourite Mistress” by Josephine Wilkinson that I sat and read it in a day – ignoring work, the family and the housework! I’ve always wanted to know more about Anne Boleyn’s sister, and Henry’s mistress, and […]

The Mistresses of Henry VIII by Kelly Hart

| June 19, 2009

“The Tudors”, Philippa Gregory and people like me have all been accused of “feminising” the reign of Henry VIII and putting too much emphasis on his six wives and the roles that they played in his reign, but how can we really explore Henry VIII and what drove him without looking at his wives? However, […]