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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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My review of ‘The Tragic Daughters of Charles I’ by Sarah-Beth Watkins

Sarah-Beth Watkin’s new book focuses on the three surviving daughters of King Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria. Their two other daughters (Anne and Catherine) died young. While the stories of the future Charles II and James II are well-known, … Continue reading

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My review of ‘Anne of Cleves: Henry VIII’s Unwanted Wife’ by Sarah-Beth Watkins

The story of Anne of Cleves, the fourth of Henry VIII’s sixth wives, has been overlooked in favour of his more well-known spouses. Anne is remembered as the wife Henry did not want to marry and soon rejected. Watkin’s biography … Continue reading

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My review of ‘Margaret Tudor: The Life of Henry VIII’s Sister by Melanie Clegg

This is a highly readable account of the life of the Tudor Princess who became Queen of Scotland, Margaret Tudor. Often overlooked in favour of her famous brother Henry VIII, Clegg brings Margaret vividly to life as we follow her … Continue reading

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