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 […]

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 […]

Royal Babies: A History 1066-2013 by Amy Licence

| October 16, 2013

Historian Amy Licence’s Royal Babies: A History 1066-2013 is a fascinating look at key royal births from that of Matilda (daughter of Henry I and Queen Matilda) in 1102 to the birth of Baby Windsor this year. Note that Prince George is referred to as “Baby Windsor” because the book was written before the Duchess […]

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 […]