The King is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII by Suzannah Lipscomb

| December 18, 2015

Before I begin my review of the content, let me start by saying that Suzannah Lipscomb’s latest book The King is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII is stunning. It’s a square-shaped hardback book with a beautifully illustrated cover. The cover image has embossing and the K and the D of the […]

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 […]

Katharine of Aragon: The Tragic Story of Henry VIII’s First Unfortunate Wife by Patrick Williams

| January 23, 2014

Amberley Publishing kindly sent me this book in the autumn and I finally had the chance to read it over Christmas. I was really looking forward to it as Katharine has been sorely neglected by historians in the past. A woman who was married to Henry VIII from 1509 to 1533 and who stood her […]

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. […]

Blood Will Tell: A Medical Explanation of the Tyranny of Henry VIII

| October 19, 2012

I have been corresponding with Kyra Kramer for a while now and so was delighted when she asked me to read and review her book “Blood Will Tell”. In the book, Kyra puts forward the theory that Henry VIII had Kell positive blood and that it was a syndrome related to this blood type, McLeod […]

The Divorce of Henry VIII by Catherine Fletcher

| July 12, 2012

I was kindly sent a copy of Catherine Fletcher’s “The Divorce of Henry VIII: The Untold Story from Inside the Vatican” by the publisher, Palgrave Macmillan, and I’m so glad that they sent me a copy. I have been researching Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII for three years now, but I must admit to only […]

Bessie Blount: Mistress to Henry VIII by Elizabeth Norton

| March 16, 2012

I was eager to read this biography of Bessie Blount, Henry VIII’s mistress, after the controversy caused by The Daily Mail’s article “Henry VIII had a secret daughter who should have taken the throne before Elizabeth I, historian claims”. That intrigued me as although I had heard of Bessie’s daughter, Elizabeth Tailboys, I had never […]

Henry VIII by David Loades

| June 1, 2011

David Loades is one of my favourite historians and authors because I feel that I can always trust what he says because it is based on solid historical evidence. One of my favourite books, which has its home on my desk, is David Loades’s “The Six Wives of Henry VIII”, so when I heard that […]

1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII by Suzannah Lipscomb

| September 14, 2010

“1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII” is a wonderful book by historian Dr Suzannah Lipscomb, former Research Curator at Hampton Court Palace and now a lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia. I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it’s nothing like the other Henry VIII books, it looks at the […]

The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George

| December 15, 2009

Anne Boleyn Files visitor, Christine Nicole Kimmell was kind enough to write this review on Margaret George’s fictional “autobiography” of King Henry VIII:- The Autobiography of Henry VIII, With Notes From His Fool Will Somers, was an absolutely fascinating read. Although it is fictional it feels as though you are actually in Henry VIII’s head. […]