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 […]

The Other Tudors by Philippa Jones

| July 15, 2009

“The Other Tudors: Henry VIII’s Mistresses and Bastards” by Philippa Jones, and published by New Holland Publishers, is a fascinating read, particularly as I have recently read Kelly Hart’s book on the same topic. This book, however, takes things much further and really delves into Henry’s love life and also puts forward the theory that […]

The Mistresses of Henry VIII by Kelly Hart

| June 19, 2009

“The Tudors”, Philippa Gregory and people like me have all been accused of “feminising” the reign of Henry VIII and putting too much emphasis on his six wives and the roles that they played in his reign, but how can we really explore Henry VIII and what drove him without looking at his wives? However, […]