Tudor: The Family Story by Leanda de Lisle

| August 29, 2013

Historian Leanda de Lisle’s new book, Tudor: The Family Story, has just been released in the UK and I was fortunate to be sent a review copy. You could be forgiven for thinking that there’s nothing more to say about the Tudors after the books by G. J. Meyer, Peter Ackroyd, Richard Rex… but you’d […]

Elizabeth of York: The Forgotten Tudor Queen by Amy Licence

| July 25, 2013

Elizabeth of York is an incredibly fascinating woman but I must admit to not knowing an awful lot about her, apart from the bare facts about her being the eldest child of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, the wife of Henry VII and the mother of Henry VIII. She’s a woman that has lived in […]

The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen

| June 5, 2013

We all love to “what if” when it comes to Anne Boleyn, don’t we?  – What if she hadn’t miscarried? What if that baby had been a living son? What if she hadn’t been executed? – but I’ve never been keen on the idea of alternative history novels, particularly after reading an awful one. However, […]

The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen by Susan Bordo

| May 14, 2013

I have been following Susan Bordo’s journey into Anne Boleyn’s story, and how her image has been reconstructed time and time again through the ages, since early 2011 so I was looking forward to the release of her book, particularly because she interviewed me as part of her research. The Creation of Anne Boleyn is […]

To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn by Sandra Byrd

| August 9, 2011

As someone who has been researching Anne Boleyn full-time for the past two years I’m always apprehensive about reading fictional portrayals of Anne and whether the author’s Anne will fit in with the Anne I’ve come to know from the primary sources. Fortunately, novelist Sandra Byrd made it her mission to tell Anne’s real story […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]