In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII by Sarah Morris and Natalie Grueninger

| May 26, 2016

Back in 2013, I reviewed Sarah and Natalie’s first book In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn which was described as “the visitor’s companion to the palaces, castles and houses associated with Henry VIII’s infamous wife”. You can click here to read my review of it, but suffice to say I loved it. I saw it […]

Katherine Howard: The Tragic Story of Henry VIII’s Fifth Queen by Josephine Wilkinson

| April 7, 2016

I’ve been looking forward to this book coming out for some time as I knew that Josephine was working on it. For years, the only real biographies of Katherine Howard were the ones by Lacey Baldwin Smith and Joanna Denny, so I am very pleased that Katherine is now being reappraised by the likes of […]

The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor by Elizabeth Norton

| December 10, 2015

Historian Elizabeth Norton’s latest book focuses on the years 1547-1549 when the teenage Elizabeth, the future Elizabeth I and the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, becomes embroiled in a scandal regarding Thomas Seymour, the new husband of Elizabeth’s stepmother Dowager Queen Catherine Parr. While the book’s cover and title focus on Elizabeth, The […]

Seven Will Out: A Renaissance Revel by JoAnn Spears

| November 25, 2015

Back in 2012, I read and reviewed JoAnn Spears’ Six of One: A Tudor Riff describing it as “a fun, rather irreverent, entertaining spoof”. I thoroughly enjoyed it because it was just so different to the usual historical fiction, and it was entertaining and cheeky. In Six of One, the protagonist history professor Dolly was […]

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 […]

The Light in the Labyrinth: The Last Days of Anne Boleyn by Wendy J. Dunn

| November 3, 2014

If you’ve been reading my reviews for a while you’ll know that I’m often hesitant to review novels about Anne Boleyn because I have spent the last few years researching her and her family and, therefore, have quite strong views on how she is portrayed. It is difficult to read and enjoy a novel if […]

Je Anne Boleyn: Struck with the Dart of Love by Sandra Vasoli

| October 17, 2014

Let me lay my cards on the table, I’ve been corresponding with Sandi Vasoli for a number of years regarding her research on Anne Boleyn and Tudor history so I’ve come to know her and regard her as a friend. That being said, I wouldn’t review this book if I didn’t feel that I could […]

The May Bride by Suzannah Dunn

| July 6, 2014

The tagline of The May Bride is “Marrying the King was Jane Seymour’s destiny and her revenge” which leads readers to believe that this novel will be about Jane Seymour’s marriage to Henry VIII – wrong! The novel is actually about Katherine Filiol’s marriage to Jane Seymour’s brother Edward and Jane’s friendship with Katherine. The […]