Cecily Neville: Mother of Kings by Amy Licence

| July 25, 2014

Cecily Neville is one of those women I’ve always wanted to know more about. All I knew was that Cecily was the mother of two kings of England (Edward IV and Richard III), she was married (happily too!) to a powerful man who was briefly Lord Protector of England (making her queen consort in all […]

Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen and the Men Who Loved Her by Robert Stephen Parry

| July 15, 2014

This was the ideal book to take on my recent holiday – it was Tudor history but it was a book you could dip into and it was light-hearted, so not at all heavy or academic. Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen and the Men Who Loved Her is described as “a series of biographical sketches from […]

Reading and Writing During the Dissolution: Monks, Friars and Nuns 1530-1558 by Mary C. Erler

| July 8, 2014

Reading and Writing During the Dissolution: Monks, Friars and Nuns 1530-1558 is a tricky book to review because it is so specialised and is not, in any way, a mainstream book for Tudor history lovers. Why? Well, firstly because of its price – the RRP of the hardcover version is £55 ($90) and the Kindle […]

Everyday Life in Medieval London from the Anglo-Saxons to the Tudors by Toni Mount

| July 4, 2014

Ignore the back cover blurb on Everyday Life in Medieval London from the Anglo-Saxons to the Tudors, which makes it sound like a book which examines history trivia questions like “How should you use an owl to cure gout?” etc., this is not that kind of book at all. Such questions are answered, but within […]

Great Tales from British History: Was Queen Victoria Ever Amused? And 39 Other Intriguing Historical Questions Answered

| July 3, 2014

Great Tales from British History: Was Queen Victoria Ever Amused? And 39 Other Intriguing Historical Questions Answered by Robert Gambles is an enjoyable, entertaining and educational book which examines the popular myths and legends of British history – all the stories we were told in history lessons as children, and that carry on being told […]

God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England by Jessie Childs

| May 16, 2014

This is the best history book I’ve read in the last few months. I just can’t say enough good things about it. I’ve raved about it to friends, family and contacts, and read passages out to my husband and anyone who would listen. It is fantastic! What makes it so fantastic? Well, I could say […]

Tudor Wales by Nathen Amin

| May 16, 2014

This book piqued my interest because I’m half Welsh and my parents live in Wales, so I was very excited when Amberley Publishing sent it to me. Tudor Wales is described as a “full-colour guide to the many places in Wales associated with this famous dynasty” and it would make the perfect guide-book for any […]

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 […]

Lady Anne Mowbray, The High and Excellent Princess: The Child Wife of a Prince in the Tower by Marilyn Roberts

| February 14, 2014

I’d come across the Mowbrays through my research into the Howard family but I must admit to not knowing anything at all about Lady Anne Mowbray until I read this gem of a book by Marilyn Roberts. Marilyn stumbled upon this child bride during her research into the Mowbray family for her book, The Mowbray […]

British Royal Family Trees: From William the Conqueror to the House of Windsor by Marilyn Roberts

| February 11, 2014

This 28 page book is the perfect reference book for every bookcase. It’s a wonderful resource for schoolchildren, students, researchers, historical novelists and historians, and will settle arguments over dates and who ruled when. It contains the following family trees: The Normans The Plantagenets The Houses of Lancaster and York The Woodvilles The Tudors Henry […]