Rebellion by Livi Michael

| September 25, 2015

Livi Michael’s new book Rebellion follows on from her excellent historical fiction debut, Succession, which took readers from 1444, when the Earl of Suffolk stood proxy for Henry VI at his marriage to Margaret of Anjou, to the bloody Battle of Towton in 1461 and the accession of Edward IV. The story was told through […]

The Claimant: A Novel of the Wars of the Roses by Simon Anderson

| February 18, 2015

Thank you to Penelope Wright for this review of Simon Anderson’s book The Claimant: A Novel of the Wars of the Roses. This novel by Simon Anderson is set between 1459 and ends in 1461 during the Wars of the Roses at the Battle of Towton. Two of the main characters, Henry VI and Richard […]

Wars of the Roses: Trinity by Conn Iggulden

| October 6, 2014

Trinity is the second instalment in Conn Iggulden’s new Wars of the Roses series. Those of you who read my review of the first instalment Stormbird – click here to read the review – will know that I couldn’t wait to read Trinity, I absolutely loved Stormbird and I had high hopes for Trinity, these […]

Succession by Livi Michael

| October 6, 2014

I had never heard of Livi Michael until Penguin sent me a copy of her new historical novel, Succession, a historical novel telling the story of the Wars of the Roses through Margaret Anjou, wife of Henry VI, and Margaret Beaufort, the future matriarch of the House of Tudor. Michael is not a new author, […]

Cecily Neville: Mother of Kings by Amy Licence

| July 25, 2014

Cecily Neville is one of those women I’ve always wanted to know more about. All I knew was that Cecily was the mother of two kings of England (Edward IV and Richard III), she was married (happily too!) to a powerful man who was briefly Lord Protector of England (making her queen consort in all […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wars of the Roses: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden

| October 16, 2013

My father has been trying to get me to read Conn Iggulden’s historical fiction for years and I’ve just never got round to it, but when I received a review copy of Wars of the Roses: Stormbird it was the perfect opportunity to be the dutiful daughter! Stormbird is the first in a new series […]