• 16th Century,  Reviews

    review: The Midwife of Venice

    The Midwife of Venice By Roberta Rich Venice, 1575. Hannah Levi , a midwife from the Jewish community, awaits news of her husband, who was captured during a business trip and imprisoned on the island of Malta. Desperate to raise…

  • 16th Century,  17th Century,  Reviews,  Tudor

    review: Watch the Lady

    Watch the Lady by Elizabeth Fremantle Penelope Devereux, daughter of Lettice Knollys, the woman Queen Elizabeth I called the “She-Wolf” for marrying the royal favorite, is pitted against the Essex faction’s rival, Robert Cecil, in this panoramic Tudor narrative. Penelope,…

  • 16th Century,  Reviews,  Tudor

    review: The Lady in the Tower

    The Lady in the Tower by Jean Plaidy This is the book that started my obsession with Jean Plaidy–the first of her novels I read and my absolute favorite characterization of Anne Boleyn. Eight years have passed, and reading it…

  • 16th Century,  Reviews,  Tudor

    review: The Tudor Secret

    The Tudor Secret by C. W. Gortner England, Summer 1553: Brendan Prescott, a foundling serving in the household of the Dudley family, is immediately immersed in political intrigue when he joins the court as Lord Robert’s squire. With an unknown…

  • 16th Century,  Reviews

    review: The Serpent Garden

    The Serpent Garden by Judith Merkle Riley With the death of her husband, Susanna found herself alone and in debt. The only way to survive was to take up the trade her father taught her, which she gave up upon…

  • 16th Century,  Reviews,  Tudor

    review: King’s Fool

    King’s Fool by Margaret Campbell Barnes Another great novel from this author! I really enjoyed her book My Lady of Cleves, though found the one on Anne Boleyn, Brief Gaudy Hour, had a sketchy timeline and depicted Anne as I…

  • 16th Century,  Reviews,  Tudor

    review: Brief Gaudy Hour

    The enigmatic Anne Boleyn comes to life in this charming, brilliant portrayal by acclaimed British novelist Margaret Campbell Barnes. The infamous love of King Henry VIII and the mother of Queen Elizabeth I, Anne Boleyn undertook a rocky journey from…

  • 16th Century,  Reviews,  Tudor

    review: The Lady Elizabeth

    The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir A very comprehensive novel on the Virgin Queen’s early life, The Lady Elizabeth begins when the precocious child is not yet three. During her years as the king’s bastard daughter she witnesses her father…