Category Archives: Book Reviews

My review of ‘Bloody Mary: Tudor Terror, 1553-1558’ by Phil Carradice

After a general move away from the ‘Bloody Mary’ stereotype in recent biographies, I must admit that my heart sank when I read the title. However, I was pleased to see that although the book focuses on the Marian persecutions, … Continue reading

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My review of ‘The Poison Bed’ by E.C. Fremantle…

The Poison Bed is an enthralling tale of murder, intrigue and betrayal at the court of James I. The characterisation and historical detail are flawless, as dual narrators (husband and wife, Robert Carr and Frances Howard) recount the events that … Continue reading

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My review of ‘La Reine Blanche: Mary Tudor, A Life in Letters’ by Sarah Bryson

Sarah Bryson’s biography of Mary Tudor (youngest sister of Henry VIII) goes a long way towards restoring this Tudor princess to the spotlight she once enjoyed. Although once described as one of the most beautiful women in Christendom, Mary’s death … Continue reading

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My niece & nephew help me review ‘Colouring History: Tudor Queens and Consorts’

When Natalie Grueninger and Kathryn Holeman sent me a copy of ‘Colouring History: Tudor Queens and Consorts’ to review, I knew I would have to call in some expert help. I showed it to my niece, Cecily (aged 5), she … Continue reading

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My review of ‘The King’s Pearl: Henry VIII and His Daughter Mary’ by Melita Thomas

This is a meticulously researched and very well written debut by Melita Thomas. Mary Tudor (daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon) has been the subject of several biographies in recent years but Thomas manages to find a different … Continue reading

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