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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 ‘Plantagenet Queens & Consorts: Family, Duty and Power’ by Dr Steven J. Corvi

Plantagenet Queens lived in the shadow of the role created by Eleanor of Aquitaine. Steven J Corvi’s book includes some of the women who followed Eleanor in wearing the Plantagenet crown but also two who were not queen consorts. Not … 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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