Tudor Tales by Dave Tonge

| March 16, 2016

Dave Tonge is a historian turned professional story-teller, a man used to entertaining adults and children with historical tales at events and at historic sites, and this skill and expertise shines through in his book Tudor Tales. Sometimes, people can be good at public speaking and entertaining audiences live but it then doesn’t work when […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Tudors: A Very Short Introduction by John Guy

| October 17, 2013

The Tudors: A Very Short Introduction is a pocket sized guide to the Tudor monarchs and their reign and is just over 130 pages. Oxford University Press describes the Very Short Introduction series, which seems to cover every topic you can think of, as “pocket-sized books” which “are the perfect way to get ahead in […]

The Tudor Child: Clothing and Culture 1485 to 1625 by Jane Huggett and Ninya Mikhaila

| August 2, 2013

“The Tudor Child: Clothing and Culture 1485 to 1625” is the latest book by the team behind “The Tudor Tailor”, “The Queen’s Servants” and “The King’s Servants” and is just as beautifully presented and informative. I can’t sew to save my life, but these books make me want to get my sewing kit out and […]

Elizabeth of York: The Forgotten Tudor Queen by Amy Licence

| July 25, 2013

Elizabeth of York is an incredibly fascinating woman but I must admit to not knowing an awful lot about her, apart from the bare facts about her being the eldest child of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, the wife of Henry VII and the mother of Henry VIII. She’s a woman that has lived in […]

A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England by Suzannah Lipscomb

| March 25, 2012

I was so excited when Suzannah Lipscomb told me that she was writing this book because I knew it would be different to all of the guide books that are out there – and it is. The word “companion” is spot on because it is a guide that will appeal to those who want to […]

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

| November 10, 2010

This is a really tough review for me to write because although Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall” won the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, I just couldn’t get into it. Now, I’m a complete bookworm and love everything from thrillers to Jane Austen, from Jodi Picoult to Charles Dickens, from Stephenie […]