The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor by Elizabeth Norton

| December 10, 2015

Historian Elizabeth Norton’s latest book focuses on the years 1547-1549 when the teenage Elizabeth, the future Elizabeth I and the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, becomes embroiled in a scandal regarding Thomas Seymour, the new husband of Elizabeth’s stepmother Dowager Queen Catherine Parr. While the book’s cover and title focus on Elizabeth, The […]

Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen and the Men Who Loved Her by Robert Stephen Parry

| July 15, 2014

This was the ideal book to take on my recent holiday – it was Tudor history but it was a book you could dip into and it was light-hearted, so not at all heavy or academic. Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen and the Men Who Loved Her is described as “a series of biographical sketches from […]

Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter by Anne Clinard Barnhill

| July 7, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed Anne Clinard Barnhill’s last Tudor novel, At the Mercy of the Queen, and so jumped at the chance of reviewing Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter: A Novel of Elizabeth I. Don’t worry, the novel doesn’t claim that Elizabeth had a daughter, it’s actually about her ward Mary Shelton. Mary Shelton was a real person. […]

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 […]

The Tournament by Matthew Reilly

| March 14, 2014

The Tournament is the latest thriller from internationally bestselling author Matthew Reilly. I’ve never read any of his books before, but this historical appears to be a departure from his usual work. I read all 400+ pages of The Tournament in one weekend. I was hooked from the outset and I enjoyed every minute of […]

The Children of Henry VIII by John Guy

| May 9, 2013

John Guy is one of my favourite historians. He is so thorough in his research, his books are always fully referenced, allowing the reader to check the sources for themselves, and he writes in a very ‘readable’ style. This means that anyone from the casual history fan to a history scholar can appreciate his work. […]

Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I

| April 15, 2013

I first came across the heroine of Roses Have Thorns, Lady Helena Gorges (born Elin von Snakenborg) when researching Elizabeth I’s household. I was immediately intrigued. Why was there a Swedish lady in Elizabeth’s household? How did she get there and what was her story? Well, Sandra Byrd tells her story in this wonderful novel. […]

The Truth of the Line by Melanie V Taylor

| March 11, 2013

Thank you so much to Melanie for sending me a review copy of her novel, The Truth of the Line. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it. Melanie is an art historian and teacher and this novel is the result of her fascination with the life of Elizabethan miniaturist Nicholas Hilliard, his miniature […]

The Spymaster’s Daughter by Jeane Westin

| October 19, 2012

I haven’t been reading for pleasure much recently as I’ve been so focused on writing and editing, but when this came through the post I just had to start it. I adored Jeane’s previous novels so I had high hopes for this one, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. It was a joy to read and […]

Her Majesty’s Spymaster: Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham, and the Birth of Modern Espionage

| June 11, 2012

Thank you so much to Niki Incorvia, M.A., for writing this review of Her Majesty’s Spymaster: Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham, and the Birth of Modern Espionage by Stephen Budiansky As I was browsing my university’s library shelves, this book caught my eye. I am currently taking a course on international war and as with […]