The Tapestry by Nancy Bilyeau

| April 27, 2015

The Tapestry is the final book in Nancy Bilyeau’s Joanna Stafford trilogy and it is a fitting end to a wonderful series. I was lucky to discover the trilogy late on, which meant that I could read The Crown, The Chalice and The Tapestry one after the other instead of gnashing my teeth and pacing […]

The Jezebel Effect: Why the Slut Shaming of Famous Queens Still Matters

| April 16, 2015

Before I launch into my review, I feel that I need to say that I’ve got to know the author of this book, Kyra Cornelius Kramer, really well over the past few years and I liked her writing style so much that I asked her to be a regular contributor to Tudor Life magazine. There, […]

The Crown: A Novel by Nancy Bilyeau

| March 13, 2015

Nancy Bilyeau’s The Crown is the first in a trilogy which has become known as the Joanna Stafford series. The books are set in Henry VIII’s reign and the protagonist is Joanna Stafford, a Dominican nun who is also a member of the once favoured Stafford family. The trilogy consists of The Crown, The Chalice […]

Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles by Margaret George

| March 11, 2015

Thank you to Penelope Wright for reviewing Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles, which is a whopper of a book being 800+ pages! Over to Penny… Phew! This novel about the life of Mary, Queen of Scots is similar in size to War and Peace. Although it takes some reading I did enjoy it. […]

The Traitor’s Mark by D.K. Wilson

| February 13, 2015

If you read my review of D.K. Wilson’s first book in this series of Tudor who-dunnits, The First Horseman, you’ll know that I ignored everything else in my “to read” pile and moved straight on to The Traitor’s Mark. I was that gripped by Wilson’s story. Thankfully, the second instalment was just as gripping as […]

The First Horseman by D.K. Wilson

| January 30, 2015

Move over C.J. Sansom, there’s a new guy in town! Yes, if you’re a fan of Sansom’s Shardlake series, as I am, you will want to get hold of a copy of D.K. Wilson’s The First Horseman and the sequel The Traitor’s Mark. You may not have heard of D.K. Wilson, but if you’re a […]

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 […]

Tudors: The Illustrated History – Do not buy if you own Rex’s The Tudors!

| November 17, 2014

I was sent a review copy of this illustrated history of the Tudors by Richard Rex and experienced a weird sensation of déjà vu as I read Rex’s preface. It was only published on 5th November 2014 and Suzannah Lipscomb’s introduction was dated August 2014, but I was convinced that I’d read it before. I […]

An Illustrated Introduction to the Tudors by Gareth Russell

| November 17, 2014

I’m so glad that Amberley Publishing has brought out this book in time for Christmas because it really is the perfect stocking filler for those people in your life who need indoctrinating with Tudor history – you know, the ones who are really important to you but whose eyes take on that glazed look when […]

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 […]