Books 2017 – on sale today – Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots: The Life of King Henry VIIIs Sister by Sarah-Beth Watkins


8th December 2017 – Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots: The Life of King Henry VIIIs Sister by Sarah-Beth Watkins (paper back)


(c) Chronos Books


‘Margaret Tudor was Henry VIII’s older sister and became the Queen of Scotland after her marriage to James IV in 1503. Her life was troubled and fraught with tension. She was continually caught between her country of birth and the country she ruled. After James IVs death, she made the disastrous decision to marry the Earl of Angus, threatening her regency and forcing the Scottish council to send for the Duke of Albany to rule in her stead. Over the years, Margarets allegiance swung between England and Scotland, making her brother Henry VIII both her ally and her enemy at times. Although Margaret wished for peace between the two countries, these were tumultuous years and she didnt always make the wisest choices. Yet, all she did she did for her son James V, and her absolute conviction he would rule Scotland as its rightful king.’

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Books 2017 – on sale now – A book with a Jane link…


3rd December 2017 – Gender, Authorship, and Early Modern Women’s Collaboration (Early Modern Literature in History) edited by Patricia Pender


(c) Palgrave Macmillan


‘This book explores the collaborative practices – both literary and material – that women undertook in the production of early modern texts. It confronts two ongoing methodological dilemmas. How does conceiving women’s texts as collaborations between authors, readers, annotators, editors, printers, and patrons uphold or disrupt current understandings of authorship? And how does reconceiving such texts as collaborative illuminate some of the unresolved discontinuities and competing agendas in early modern women’s studies? From one perspective, viewing early modern women’s writing as collaborative seems to threaten the hard-won legitimacy of the authors we have already recovered; from another, developing our understanding of literary agency beyond capital “A” authorship opens the field to the surprising range of roles that women played in the history of early modern books. Instead of trying to simply shift, disaggregate or adjudicate between competing claims for male or female priority in the production of early modern texts, Gender, Authorship, and Early Modern Women’s Collaboration investigates the role that gender has played – and might continue to play – in understanding early modern collaboration and its consequences for women’s literary history.’

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Join the Tudor Society – special offer


If you join The Tudor Society before 30th November, you get all this as part of a ‘new members offer.’


(c) Tudor Society


To get them and to find out more about this wonderful resource for Tudor lovers, go to:


The Tudor Society



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My review of ‘Catherine of Aragon’ by Amy Licence…



Catherine of Aragon: An Intimate Life of Henry VIII’s True Wife by Amy Licence


(c) Amberley Publishing


Licence’s biography of Catherine of Aragon is an incredibly well written and fascinating look at the Spanish Princess who became Queen of England. By exploring Katherine’s childhood in Spain, where she was brought up to be Princess of Wales from the age of 3, Licence clearly shows how the role model of her mother, Queen Isabella, and events of the reign of ‘The Catholic Monarchs’ shaped the Queen that Katherine was to become.

Although Katherine is chiefly remembered today as the first of six wives to Henry VIII, she was much more than that. From her grand entry into London to become the bride of Prince Arthur, their magnificent wedding at St Paul’s, their short lived marriage and the years of uncertainty Katherine faced afterwards, Licence presents a very human Katherine.

As Queen of England, Katherine followed in her mother’s footsteps, serving as regent, while Henry VIII was in France and overseeing the English triumph over the Scots at the Battle of Flodden. She also took an active political role and her opinions were trusted and respected by Henry.

Katherine’s first marriage to Henry’s brother Arthur, is one of the great ‘what-ifs?’ of English history. Not only what would have happened if Arthur had lived but also the question of what happened on their wedding night. Licence looks at the question that would come back to haunt Katherine in detail and offers an interesting alternative theory.

Until recent years Katherine has been largely overlooked but in this biography the piety, courage and determination of the woman and Queen that Katherine was is clear to see.

Thank you to Amberley Publishing for my review copy of this book



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Books 2017 – on sale today – Unexpected Heirs in Early Modern Europe: Potential Kings and Queens edited by Valerie Schutte


24th November 2017 – Unexpected Heirs in Early Modern Europe: Potential Kings and Queens (Queenship and Power) edited by Valerie Schutte


(c) Palgrave Macmillan


‘There were many surprising accessions in the early modern period, including Mary I of England, Henry III of France, Anne Stuart, and others, but this is the first book dedicated solely to evaluating their lives and the repercussions of their reigns. By comparing a variety of such unexpected heirs, this engaging history offers a richer portrait of early modern monarchy. It shows that the need for heirs and the acquisition and preparation of heirs had a critical impact on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century culture and politics, from the appropriation of culture to the influence of language, to trade and political alliances. It also shows that securing a dynasty relied on more than just political agreements and giving birth to legitimate sons, examining how relationships between women could and did forge alliances and dynastic continuities.’

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