Watch the Lady by Elizabeth Fremantle

| June 15, 2015

I loved Elizabeth Fremantle’s previous Tudor novels, Queen’s Gambit and Sisters of Treason, so was over the moon when a review copy of Watch the Lady landed on my doorstep, particularly as it was about a woman who isn’t usually a heroine of historical fiction: Penelope Devereux. If you don’t know, Penelope Devereux was the […]

The Tutor by Andrea Chapin

| June 7, 2015

I’ve been having a bit of a historical fiction fest recently and I have to say that there some magical novels coming out at the moment. You’d think that there was nothing new to write, but the Tudor period is still providing plenty of inspiration for novelists. Andrea Chapin’s novel The Tutor is set in […]

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. […]

The May Bride by Suzannah Dunn

| July 6, 2014

The tagline of The May Bride is “Marrying the King was Jane Seymour’s destiny and her revenge” which leads readers to believe that this novel will be about Jane Seymour’s marriage to Henry VIII – wrong! The novel is actually about Katherine Filiol’s marriage to Jane Seymour’s brother Edward and Jane’s friendship with Katherine. The […]

Le Temps Viendra: A Novel of Anne Boleyn Volume 2 by Sarah Morris

| March 11, 2014

Le Temps Viendra: A Novel of Anne Boleyn Volume I was published back in August 2012, which seems a long time ago now, so I was relieved when Volume II was released in December 2013. Obviously we all know how Anne Boleyn’s story ends, so readers weren’t left completely hanging, but Le Temps Viendra had […]

The Midwife’s Tale: A Mystery by Sam Thomas

| February 11, 2014

Thank you to Penelope Wright for reviewing this historical novel for us. Over to Penny… When I started to read this mystery I was disappointed that some of the social aspects of the day were not explained, maybe in a glossary at the beginning, and I would have liked to see an old map of […]