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 […]

Five Women of the English Reformation by Paul F Zahl

| March 18, 2011

Guest review by Niki A. Incorvia, M.A – Thanks, Niki!:- I have primarily read historical fiction books of the Tudor era, until Amazon “suggested” to me Paul F. Zahl’s Five Women of the English Reformation. Zahl includes amongst these women, Anne Boleyn, Anne Askew, Katherine Parr, Jane Grey, and finally, Catherine Willoughby, chosen from those […]

Catherine Parr by Elizabeth Norton

| June 8, 2010

Historian and author Elizabeth Norton’s biography of Catherine Parr was published by Amberley Publishing earlier this year and, like her other books, it is meticulously researched and a great read. I had recently read Linda Porter’s book on Catherine Parr but although Porter’s and Norton’s books obviously overlapped (how could they not?), each author had […]

Katherine the Queen by Linda Porter

| April 15, 2010

It’s easy to tell when I have found a book useful for my research because it has pages turned down, post-it notes protruding from it, pencil scribbles and stars in the margins and book marks falling out of it, plus a rather worn appearance. Well, that pretty much describes my copy of “Katherine the Queen: […]

The Six Wives of Henry VIII By David Loades

| October 26, 2009

This new book on Henry VIII and his six wives was published by Amberley Publishing to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accesion to the throne and tells the story of Henry VIII from 1504, when he was a Renaissance Prince and second in line to the throne, right through to his death […]