Elizabeth’s Women: Friends, Rivals, and Foes Who Shaped the Virgin Queen by Tracy Borman, and Legacy: The Acclaimed Novel of Elizabeth, England’s Most Passionate Queen — and the Three Men Who Loved Her by Susan Kay

| September 2, 2011

The following review of these two Elizabeth I themed books, one factual and one fiction, is written by our regular reviewer, Niki A. Incorvia, M.A. Thank you, Niki! Elizabeth’s Women: Friends, Rivals, and Foes Who Shaped the Virgin Queen by Tracy Borman, and Legacy: The Acclaimed Novel of Elizabeth, England’s Most Passionate Queen — and […]

Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens by Jane Dunn

| April 1, 2011

Today’s book review is by our regular book reviewer, Niki Incorvia, M.A. Thanks, Niki! Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens by Jane Dunn My interest in Mary Queen of Scots began to peak when I started reading about the dynamics of Elizabeth’s reign. With both queens close in age and ruling in neighboring countries, it […]

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 […]

The Tudor Secret by C W Gortner

| February 8, 2011

“The Tudor Secret” is the latest novel from C W Gortner, author of “The Last Queen” and “The Confessions of Catherine de Medici”, and I was excited about reading it when I heard that it was actually the first book in a series called “The Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles” and was described as being “filled […]

His Last Letter by Jeane Westin

| August 2, 2010

Having previously read and loved Jeane Westin’s “The Virgin’s Daughters: In the Court of Elizabeth I”, I was really excited when I found out that Jeane was writing an historical novel based on the relationship between Elizabeth I and her childhood friend and favourite Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester. Like many other people, Elizabeth […]

“The Queen’s Governess” by Karen Harper

| January 7, 2010

I didn’t realise that I had been missing out on some great works of historical fiction until I read an advance copy Karen Harper’s latest book which is published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons on 21st January. Now, I’m going to be buying her other Tudor books: “The Last Boleyn” and “The Queen Elizabeth I Mystery […]

“Virgin: Prelude to The Throne” by Robin Maxwell

| January 6, 2010

One of the very first Anne Boleyn novels I read was Robin Maxwell’s “The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn”, a book I loved because I so wanted to believe that Elizabeth had been able to learn the true story of her mother’s life, through her own words. I was captivated by that novel and this […]

“The Lady Elizabeth” by Alison Weir

| January 6, 2010

Anne Boleyn Files and Elizabeth Files visitor Kelly Gartland was kind enough to write this review after she had “The Lady Elizabeth” for Christmas. I haven’t read it yet but it’s on my list. If you have read it then please feel free to leave your comments below, I’d love to know what you think. […]

The Virgin’s Daughters by Jeane Westin

| October 29, 2009

Author Jeane Westin is a regular visitor to The Elizabeth Files and wrote a wonderful guest article – “Did They or Didn’t They? Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester” – which got us all commenting our thoughts on Elizabeth’s virginity and her relationship with Dudley. After chatting to Jeane and reading her article […]

Virgin and the Crab by Robert Parry

| October 12, 2009

Isn’t it a wonderful thing when a novel actually transports you to another place and time? Well, this historical novel does just that and is just the thing to read this autumn (fall) with a mug of hot chocolate or a nice glass of wine. “Virgin and the Crab: Sketches, Fables and Mysteries from the […]