Moth To The Flame: The Story of Anne Boleyn by Angela Warwick

| April 10, 2014

I am incredibly hard to please when it comes to fiction featuring Anne Boleyn as a character because I have spent a few years researching Anne and so have built up my own idea of her and her family members in my head, one that is bound to be different from a novelist’s idea of […]

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 […]

Katharine of Aragon: The Tragic Story of Henry VIII’s First Unfortunate Wife by Patrick Williams

| January 23, 2014

Amberley Publishing kindly sent me this book in the autumn and I finally had the chance to read it over Christmas. I was really looking forward to it as Katharine has been sorely neglected by historians in the past. A woman who was married to Henry VIII from 1509 to 1533 and who stood her […]

The Anne Boleyn Papers

| September 26, 2013

The paperback version of Elizabeth Norton’s Anne Boleyn in Her Own Words and the Words of Those Who Knew Her has just been released as The Anne Boleyn Papers. The new cover and title may confuse some readers, but it is the same book as the hardback which was released in 2011. I have both […]

Jane Seymour: Henry VIII’s Favourite Wife by David Loades

| June 5, 2013

David Loades is an excellent historian and I thoroughly enjoyed his books on Henry VIII, Henry’s six wives and Mary I but I was disappointed by this biography. I came away feeling that I had not found out any more about Jane than I already knew from reading Elizabeth Norton’s biography and the various books […]

The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen by Susan Bordo

| May 14, 2013

I have been following Susan Bordo’s journey into Anne Boleyn’s story, and how her image has been reconstructed time and time again through the ages, since early 2011 so I was looking forward to the release of her book, particularly because she interviewed me as part of her research. The Creation of Anne Boleyn is […]

The Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle

| March 13, 2013

This treat for historical fiction fans has just come out in the UK and comes out on 11th June in the US. It is the debut novel from Fashion editor Elizabeth Fremantle and Fremantle is definitely one to watch as the book is a wonderful read. The novel follows the story of Katherine Parr, Henry […]

The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr by Sandra Byrd

| June 14, 2012

After having enjoyed Sandra Byrd’s first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn, I was looking forward to the release of The Secret Keeper, particularly as it was about my second favourite of Henry VIII’s wives: Catherine Parr. The format of the novel is similar to To Die For, in that the […]

Six of One: A Tudor Riff by JoAnn Spears

| March 9, 2012

A fun, rather irreverent, entertaining spoof, is how I’d describe “Six of One” by JoAnn Spears. In Spears’s story, modern day history professor, Dolly, is preparing to marry Henry, a man who has baggage – six ex wives, two daughters and a son. As a Tudor history lover, Dolly finds Henry’s story funny as it […]

At the Mercy of the Queen: A Novel of Anne Boleyn by Anne Clinard Barnhill

| January 3, 2012

I was very very excited about reading this Anne Boleyn novel because I have come to know Anne Clinard Barnhill through both The Anne Boleyn Files and Anne Boleyn Fellowship site. I knew, first-hand, just how much research had gone into the writing of this novel so was dying to read Anne’s take on Anne […]