Books 2017 – on sale today – Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years (pbk) by John Guy

30th March 2017 – Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years (paperback) by John Guy

(c) Penguin

‘History has pictured Elizabeth I as Gloriana, an icon of strength and power — and has focused on the early years of her reign. But in 1583, when Elizabeth is fifty, there is relentless plotting among her courtiers — and still to come is the Spanish Armada and the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots. We have not, until now, had the full picture.

This gripping and vivid portrait of her life and times — often told in her own words (and including details such as her love of chess and marzipan) — reveals a woman who was insecure, human (‘You know I am no morning woman’), and unpopular even with the men who fought for her. This is the real Elizabeth, for the first time.’


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3 Magazine articles added to the website…

Three magazine articles added to the Articles – Magazines section of the bibliography. Two are written by Nicola Tallis and the third is an interview with Nicola.

The Curse of the Nine-Day Queen
by Nicola Tallis
BBC History Magazine
November 2016

(c) BBC History Magazine

What if..Lady Jane Grey had kept the throne?
by Nicola Tallis
All About History Magazine
Issue 47, 2017

(c) Imagine Publishing

Interview with Nicola Tallis (Crown of Blood)
History of Royals
Issue 9, 2016

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A very good reason to buy History of Royals Magazine next month…

I am really looking forward to the April issue of History of Royals Magazine! It will be available from 13th April.

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Two more books for 2017…

27th June 2017 – Elizabeth of York and Her Six Daughters-in-Law: Fashioning Tudor Queenship, 1485-1547 (Queenship and Power) by Retha M Warnicke

(c) Palgrave Macmillan

‘This study of early modern queenship compares the reign of Henry VII’s queen, Elizabeth of York, and those of her daughters-in-law, the six queens of Henry VIII. It defines the traditional expectations for effective Tudor queens―particularly the queen’s critical function of producing an heir―and evaluates them within that framework, before moving to consider their other contributions to the well-being of the court. This fresh comparative approach emphasizes spheres of influence rather than chronology, finding surprising juxtapositions between the various queens’ experiences as mothers, diplomats, participants in secular and religious rituals, domestic managers, and more. More than a series of biographies of individual queens, Elizabeth of York and Her Six Daughters-in-Law is a careful, illuminating examination of the nature of Tudor queenship.’


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13th July 2017 – Cecily Duchess of York by J L Laynesmith

(c) A&C Black Advantage

‘This is the first scholarly biography of Cecily Neville, duchess of York, the mother of Edward IV and Richard III. She was said to have ruled Edward IV ‘as she pleased’ and Richard III made his bid for the throne from her home. Yet Cecily has been a shadowy figure in modern histories, noted primarily for her ostentatious piety, her expensive dresses, and the rumours of her adultery.

Here J. L. Laynesmith draws on a wealth of rarely considered sources to construct a fresh and revealing portrait of a remarkable woman. Cecily was the only major protagonist to live right through the Wars of the Roses. This book sheds new light on that bloody conflict in which Cecily proved herself an exceptional political survivor. Skilfully manipulating her family connections and contemporary ideas about womanhood, Cecily repeatedly reinvented herself to protect her own status and to ensure the security of those in her care.

From her childhood marriage to Richard duke of York until her final decade as grandmother of the first Tudor queen, the story of Cecily Neville’s life provides a rich insight into national and local politics, women’s power and relationships, motherhood, household dynamics and the role of religion in fifteenth-century England.’


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Interesting interview in History of Royals Magazine

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Jill Armitage is interviewed about her forthcoming book about Arbella Stuart in the latest issue of History of Royals Magazine.

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‘Arbella Stuart: The Uncrowned Queen’ will be published by Amberley on 15th April.

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BBC Radio Wiltshire interview with Nicola Tallis

(c) Michael O’Mara Books

On Saturday 4th March, Nicola Tallis was interviewed by Sue Davies about ‘Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey.’

(c) Joey Menghini

The main points Nicola makes are:

Over the centuries the myths and legends around Jane had obscured the real her and Nicola wanted to uncover the truth about Jane.

When Nicola delved back into the archives and sources, she found there was a very different story to be told than the one that had been presented thus far.

Parts of Jane’s life we have no evidence for. It is not known when/where she was born. Other parts of her life are much better documented, as soon as Jane becomes Queen there is much more evidence for that part of her life, and sadly for her end too.

Jane was not an obvious choice to become Queen. A modern parallel would be Princesses Beatrice or Eugenie becoming monarch ahead of Princes William or Harry.

Nicola was surprised about the amount of myths that had grown up around Jane. So many people think of Jane was this tragic pawn, executed at 17. Jane deserves to be remembered in a far more positive way than that. She was an incredibly intelligent young woman whom people talked about on the continent.

Jane’s youth and the fact that she died a violent death are part of people’s fascination with her. There is more to her than that.

Jane is one of history’s what ifs? What would have happened if Jane had had the chance to rule or just to live? Nicola thinks she would have made her mark on the pages of history for very different reasons.

Had Jane had the opportunity to reign, she would have been up there with Elizabeth I as one of England’s most respected Queens.

‘Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey’ was the product of 5 years research and writing. Nicola is grateful to everyone who has read and reviewed it.

Keep an eye on the Events page on Nicola’s website for details of upcoming talks.

Nicola is currently writing her second book. She is not allowed to say what it is about yet. All will be revealed in May….

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