Category Archives: Book Reviews

My review of ‘The Boy King’ by Janet Wertman

If you have ever wondered what it must have been like to become King of England at 9 years old, then Janet Wertman’s final part of the ‘Seymour Saga’ goes a long way to answering that question. ‘The Boy King’ … Continue reading

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My review of ‘The Honey and the Sting’ by E.C. Fremantle

This is a mesmerising tale of three sisters, Hester, Melis and Hope, who each have their own secrets to hide. Hester, whose son was the result of an attack by the Duke of Buckingham, George Villiers, pretends to be widow, … Continue reading

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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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