Category Archives: Book Reviews

My review of ‘The Queen’s Sisters: The Lives of the Sisters of Elizabeth Woodville’ by Sarah J Hodder

‘The Queen’s Sisters’ is a strong debut by Sarah J Hodder. Her passion for the subject of the Woodville sisters is clear to behold, as she rescues them from the shadow of their sister, the Queen consort of Edward IV. … Continue reading

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My review of ‘Mary and Philip: The marriage of Tudor England and Habsburg Spain’ by Alexander Samson

Despite the valiant attempts of recent biographers of Mary I to present a balanced view of our first Queen regnant, public opinion has been slow to change. The process started by Linda Porter, Anna Whitelock and John Edwards amongst others, … Continue reading

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My review of Elizabeth Widville, Lady Grey: Edward IV’s Chief Mistress and the ‘Pink Queen’ by John Ashdown-Hill

I don’t think I have ever read a biography where the author is so biased against their subject. The clue is in the sub-title ‘Edward IV’s Chief Mistress,’ John Ashdown Hill puts forward the case that Elizabeth Woodville was not … Continue reading

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My review of the King’s Witch by Tracy Borman

The King’s Witch by Tracy Borman is a superb tale of witchcraft, betrayal and treason at the Stuart Court. Although in the last days of the Tudor monarchy, Frances Gorges helped tend to the dying Elizabeth I, her skills are … Continue reading

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My review of ‘Exploring the Lives of Women, 1558-1837’ by Louise Duckling et al

Published to mark the 30th anniversary of the Women’s Studies Group 1558-1837, this is a fascinating collection of essays. Chapters range from royal book dedications, to female runners, women’s rights and female obituaries. This is the sort of book that … Continue reading

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