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 […]

Queen, Jewel, Mistress: A History of the Queens of England & Great Britain in Verse

| July 21, 2015

Queen. Jewel, Mistress: A History of the Queens of England & Great Britain in Verse by Ruth Stacey is a very different book to what I usually get sent to review by authors and publishers. Usually, I receive novels, non-fiction books and biographies, so it was lovely to have a bit of a change and […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Princes in the Tower by Josephine Wilkinson

| January 27, 2014

In the introduction to “The Princes in the Tower”, historian Josephine Wilkinson explains how this book, which is more of a collection of essays or articles, came about. She was working on the second volume of her biography of Richard III and was struggling with the issue of handling the question “what happened to Edward […]

Royal Babies: A History 1066-2013 by Amy Licence

| October 16, 2013

Historian Amy Licence’s Royal Babies: A History 1066-2013 is a fascinating look at key royal births from that of Matilda (daughter of Henry I and Queen Matilda) in 1102 to the birth of Baby Windsor this year. Note that Prince George is referred to as “Baby Windsor” because the book was written before the Duchess […]

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 […]

Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England by Thomas Penn

| June 14, 2012

Winter King by Thomas Penn is a book on Henry VII, founder of the Tudor dynasty, but it is not a full biography. I just wanted to clear that up before I launch into my review. Henry VII was born in 1457 and ruled England from 1485 to 1509, but this book opens in autumn […]

How Fat Was Henry VIII? By Raymond Lamont-Brown

| February 24, 2010

The full title of this book by Raymond Lamont-Brown is “How Fat Was Henry VIII? And 101 Other Questions on Royal History” and it’s a wonderful book which gives you answers to all those nagging royal history questions. It’s just perfect as a present for history buffs or as a treat for yourself as you’re […]