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. […]

Mary Tudor by David Loades

| November 17, 2011

Twenty years after the publication of his first book on Mary I, “Mary Tudor: A Life”, David Loades has released a brand new biography of Mary. In the preface of this new book, Loades writes of how he has not changed his mind about her but that he has “rethought aspects of her life and […]

Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen by Anna Whitelock

| September 20, 2010

The Tudors series, with the excellent Sarah Bolger playing Mary, and Linda Porter’s biography have definitely helped me to empathise with Mary and understand the woman behind the “Bloody Mary” myth, so I was desperate to read this new book on Mary by historian Anna Whitelock, a former student of David Starkey. In her Huffington […]

Mary Tudor: The First Queen by Linda Porter

| July 7, 2009

As you all know, I am first and foremost an Anne Boleyn fan but I love Tudor history as a whole and seem to spend all of my spare time reading biographies of other Tudor personalities – people who lived at the same time as Anne. I’ve just finished reading “Mary Tudor: The First Queen” […]