Another book with a ‘Jane’ link to look forward to…


The Survival of the Princes in the Tower: Murder, Mystery and Myth by Matthew Lewis


(c) The History Press


‘The murder of the Princes in the Tower is the most famous cold case in English or British history. Traditionally considered victims of a ruthless uncle, there are other suspects too often and too easily discounted. There may be no definitive answer, but by delving into the context of their disappearance and the characters of the suspects Matthew Lewis will examine the motives and opportunities afresh as well as ask a crucial but often overlooked question: what if there was no murder? What if Edward V and his brother Richard, Duke of York survived their uncle’s reign and even that of their brother-in-law Henry VII? There are glimpses of their possible survival and compelling evidence to give weight to those glimpses which is considered alongside the possibility of their deaths to provide a rounded and complete assessment of the most fascinating mystery in history.’

From Amazon.co.uk


Further details – Matt’s History Blog

Further details – The History Press

Further details – Amazon.co.uk




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25th May 1553 – The wedding of Lady Jane Grey


Today marks the 464th anniversary of the marriage of Jane Grey to Guildford Dudley at Durham House in London.


Wyngaerde’s “Panorama of London in 1543”
26. Durham House
Commons Wikimedia


Events by Place – Durham House – 25th May 1553

Was Guildford Dudley a good husband to Jane Grey by Leanda de Lisle

Another look at the wedding of Lady Jane

Richard Davey and the wedding of Lady Jane Grey



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Book tickets for Leanda de Lisle at the Ryedale Book Festival


Tickets are now available for Leanda de Lisle’s Tudor talk at the Ryedale Book Festival.


(c) Harper Collins


‘Elizabeth I’s rivalry with her Catholic cousin Mary, Queen of Scots is well known. But for her first ten years as queen she feared her Protestant rivals and cousins still more. The story of the Nine Days queen, Lady Jane Grey and her forgotten sisters, the true heirs Queen Elizabeth, reveal a queen very different from the Elizabeth of legend.

‘Leanda de Lisle brings the story of nine days’ queen, Lady Jane Grey and her forgotten sisters, the rivals of Elizabeth I, to vivid life in her fascinating biography’ – Philippa Gregory’

From Ryedale Book Festival website


Tudor: The Family Story by Leanda de Lisle (Vintage, £8.99)


22 September
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

St Mary’s Priory
Old Malton Road
Malton, YO17 7HB United Kingdom

Tickets £5 – £10


Further details and tickets available from the Ryedale Book Festival website.


Follow @LeandadeLisle and @RyedaleBookFest.


(c) Ryedale Book Festival


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Another book with a ‘Jane’ link to look forward to…


11th July 2017 – Unexpected Heirs in Early Modern Europe: Potential Kings and Queens (Queenship and Power) by Valerie Schutte


(c) Palgrave Macmillan


‘There were many surprising accessions in the early modern period, including Mary I of England, Henry III of France, Anne Stuart, and others, but this is the first book dedicated solely to evaluating their lives and the repercussions of their reigns. By comparing a variety of such unexpected heirs, this engaging history offers a richer portrait of early modern monarchy. It shows that the need for heirs and the acquisition and preparation of heirs had a critical impact on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century culture and politics, from the appropriation of culture to the influence of language, to trade and political alliances. It also shows that securing a dynasty relied on more than just political agreements and giving birth to legitimate sons, examining how relationships between women could and did forge alliances and dynastic continuities.’

From Amazon.co.uk

Further details – Palgrave Macmillan

Further details – Amazon.co.uk



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Books 2017 – on sale today – Royal Renegades: The Children of Charles I and the English Civil Wars (paperback) by Linda Porter


18th May 2017 – Royal Renegades: The Children of Charles I and the English Civil Wars (paperback) by Linda Porter


(c) Pan


‘The fact that the English Civil War led to the execution of King Charles I in January 1649 is well known, as is the restoration of his eldest son as Charles II eleven years later. But what happened to the king’s six surviving children is far less familiar.

Casting new light on the heirs of the doomed king and his unpopular but indefatigable Catholic queen, Henrietta Maria, acclaimed historian Linda Porter brings to life their personalities, legacies, feuds and rivalries for the first time. As their calm and loving family life was shattered by war, Elizabeth and Henry were used as pawns in the parliamentary campaign against their father; Mary, the Princess Royal, was whisked away to the Netherlands as the child bride of the Prince of Orange; Henriette Anne’s redoubtable governess escaped with the king’s youngest child to France where she grew up under her mother’s thumb and eventually married the cruel and flamboyant Philippe d’Orleans. When their ‘dark and ugly’ brother Charles eventually succeeded his father to the English throne after fourteen years of wandering, he promptly enacted a vengeful punishment on those who had spurned his family, with his brother James firmly in his shadow.

A tale of love and endurance, of battles and flight, of educations disrupted, the lonely death of a young princess and the wearisome experience of exile, Royal Renegades charts the fascinating story of the children of loving parents who could not protect them from the consequences of their own failings as monarchs and the forces of upheaval sweeping England.’

From Amazon.co.uk

Further details – Amazon.co.uk

Further details – Linda Porter



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US Cover for ‘Daughters of the Winter Queen’ by Nancy Goldstone


I am pleased and honoured that Nancy Goldstone and her publisher ‘Little, Brown’, have allowed me to share the amazing US cover of Nancy’s new book!

‘Daughters of the Winter Queen: Four Remarkable Sisters, the Crown of Bohemia, and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots.’


US Cover (c) Little, Brown


‘Daughters of the Winter Queen’ will be published in the US in late March/early April 2018.

Having loved Nancy’s last book, ‘The Rival Queens: Catherine de’ Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal that Ignited a Kingdom’, I can’t wait to read this.

Thank you Nancy and Little, Brown.



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