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Book Review: The Lost Tudor Princess

January 23rd, 2016
lost tudor princess

The little-known matriarch of modern British monarchy, the headstrong niece of King Henry VIII, is the subject of an absorbing new biography

Book Review: The Rise of Thomas Cromwell

June 10th, 2015
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Hilary Mantel’s two famous novels have fueled the centuries-old curiosity about King Henry VIII’s notorious minister Thomas Cromwell: was he a saint, Satan, or a civil servant? A magnificent new study attempts to sift fact from fiction

Book Review: Watch the Lady

June 5th, 2015
watch the lady

Penelope Devereux inspired a poet and may well have inspired a failed coup in Elizabethan England – and now she inspires a richly-detailed novel

Book Review: The Tapestry

March 9th, 2015
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Joanna Stafford – niece of an executed man and distant cousin to King Henry VIII – is called to court, where she immediately becomes the focal point of deadly intrigues

Keeping Up with the Tudors: We Seymours

October 1st, 2014
Keeping Up with the Tudors: We Seymours

Suzannah Dunn’s new novel takes readers inside the lives and tensions of the Tudor era’s Seymour clan – including the timid, practical daughter who will become Queen of England

Book Review: Tudor Adventurers

July 27th, 2014
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In 1553, an audacious expedition set sail from England headed east in search of a passage to China – a young historians debut work tells the story of that expedition in all its high drama

Book Review: The Spanish Armada

July 27th, 2014
Book Review: The Spanish Armada

In 1588 the greatest war-fleet since the Trojan War was launched against the England of Elizabeth I. A gripping new history tells the familiar story for a new generation

Book Review: Sisters of Treason

July 19th, 2014
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Lady Jane Grey was famously Queen of England for less than a fortnight before being executed by Queen Mary I; Elizabeth Fremantle’s new book takes us into the world of Lady Jane’s two sisters, adrift in a royal court that can’t afford to trust them.

Book Review: My Lady Viper

June 9th, 2014
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King Henry VIII’s last wife referred to her as “Hell,” and the Court universally despised her coarse ambition – she was Anne Seymour, and she’s the unlikely subject of a nifty new novel

Book Review: Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter

April 1st, 2014
queen elizabeth’s daughter

Idealistic young Mary Shelton finds love at the Tudor Court – but it’s not the love her Queen has chosen for her

Book Review: The Spanish Queen

October 29th, 2013
The Spanish Queen

King Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon, takes center stage in a new novel by Tudor historian Carolly Erickson

Book Review: Henry VIII – The Life and Rule of England’s Nero

October 22nd, 2013

England’s ‘bluff king Hal’ is put under the microscope in a scathing new biography

Book Review: Tudors

October 21st, 2013
tudors ackroyd

Our reigning master of vigorous popular history takes on the most vigorous, popular English dynasty of them all

Book Review: Shakespeare’s Prince

September 8th, 2013
shakespeare’s prince

An exhaustive – and immensely enjoyable – line-by-line examination of Shakespeare’s final play

Book Review: Fatal Rivalry

September 8th, 2013
Fatal Rivalry Flodden

While Henry VIII was away fighting the French, his kingdom was invaded from the north by James of Scotland. It was defended by thousands of brave soldiers, a handful of ambitious courtiers – and one remarkable woman.

Book Review: Royal Inheritance

September 8th, 2013
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Pretty young Audrey has grown up in the Tudor court thinking she’s the daughter of King Henry VIII’s tailor – but what if her real father is the king himself?

Book Review: The White Princess

August 1st, 2013
the white princess

“The Cousins’ War” – Philippa Gregory’s ongoing novelization of the Wars of the Roses – reaches an epic turning point in her latest book, about the precarious founding of the Tudor dynasty

Keeping Up with the Tudors: Him Again

July 1st, 2013
Keeping Up with the Tudors: Him Again

In the famous jingle ‘divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived,’ Katherine Parr comes last – the sixth wife of King Henry VIII. But she was far more than that – scholar, regent, and passionate young woman – as a new Tudor historical novel attempts to portray

Keeping Up With The Tudors: Peace, Plenty, Love, Truth, Terror

June 1st, 2013
Keeping Up With The Tudors: Peace, Plenty, Love, Truth, Terror

A debut novel of alternate history spins out one of the most tantalizing hypotheticals of the past: what if Anne Boleyn had managed to give King Henry VIII a healthy male heir? Some of the answers – and some of the resulting mysteries – may surprise you.

Book Review: Roses Have Thorns

April 3rd, 2013
Book Review: Roses Have Thorns

A young Swedish girl travels to England and becomes a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth I herself

Book Review: The Creation of Anne Boleyn

April 2nd, 2013
Book Review: The Creation of Anne Boleyn

She’s an icon, a cautionary tale, a baleful notoriety – she’s Anne Boleyn, who bewitched a king and drove him to remake a world, all for the sake of a dream she could never give him. A fascinating new book looks at the way all the ways history has made and re-made Henry VIII’s most infamous queen

Book Review: The Chalice

April 2nd, 2013
Book Review: The Chalice

An intelligent, sensitive Dominican novice finds herself at the heart of passionate conspiracies in the England of Henry VIII

Book Review: A Dangerous Inheritance

December 8th, 2012
a dangerous inheritance

Historian Alison Weir’s latest novel features two young heroines, separated by 80 years but united by their fascination with one of history’s mysteries: the fate of the Princes in the Tower

Book Review: I, Jane

September 15th, 2012
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The meek and dutiful Jane Seymour, mother of Henry VIII’s long-sought male heir, takes center stage in a new historical novel about her life and times.

Book Review: The Spymaster’s Daughter

August 10th, 2012
the spymaster’s daughter

The daughter of Queen Elizabeth I’s chief of espionage has a mind of her own, and in addition to being a dutiful wife to Sir Philip Sidney, she has the makings of an intrepid intelligencer.

Divorce Corps

August 1st, 2012

History’s most famous divorce shook the world and changed history, but it took much more than a king snapping his fingers to make it happen – obscure men on fast horses risked their livelihoods and their lives to line up the paperwork.

Now in Paperback: The Last Divine Office

July 12th, 2012
the last divine office – paperback

The bishops of Durham Cathedral were also secular princes who could settle legal disputes – and raise armies. A study now out in paperback gives the mighty cathedral and priory the history they deserve.

Book Review: At the Mercy of the Queen

June 19th, 2012

A heartfelt debut novel about an innocent young woman who comes to the court of Henry VIII – except she’s Anne Boleyn’s cousin, so innocence isn’t going to last very long!

Book Review: Her Highness the Traitor

June 12th, 2012
her highness the traitor

A new novel tells the story of two women who played a very dangerous game for the biggest prize of all: the throne of England

Keeping Up With the Tudors: Lizard on a Rock

May 1st, 2012
Keeping Up With the Tudors: Lizard on a Rock

He survived years of dangerous exile, won his crown on the battlefield, and founded one of the most famous dynasties in human history – and yet we still haven’t embraced Henry VII. A spirited biography seeks to change that.

Book Review: Henry VIII

January 24th, 2012
loades henry viii

A masterful new biography takes Henry VIII down a peg or two

Book Review: The Tudor Throne

December 18th, 2011
mary & elizabeth – gw – nov 2011

Two Tudor sisters fight for a throne – and love – in the latest historical fiction from Kensington Books

Book Review: Mary I

September 24th, 2011
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A quietly stunning new biography of England’s infamous “Bloody Mary”

Book Review: The Queen’s Rival

April 17th, 2011

A novel about the woman who came heart-breakingly close to founding a new Tudor dynasty.

May the Devil Be His Companion

March 1st, 2011

There was talk that Elizabeth I might make her favorite, Robert Dudley, king – if he weren’t already married. When he wife suddenly died, court and country cried foul, and an immortal mystery was born: what really happened to Amy Robsart?