• 16th Century,  Reviews,  Tudor

    review: Meg Roper

    Meg Roper by Jean Plaidy This young adult novel penned in the early 60’s is based on the eldest daughter of Sir Thomas More, one of King Henry VIII’s ministers who fell out of favor during the king’s marriage to…

  • 16th Century,  Reviews,  Tudor

    review: The Wild Irish

    The Wild Irish by Robin Maxwell In 1593, Grace O’Malley, Mother of the Irish Rebellion, famously met with Queen Elizabeth I of England with a petition to set her son free of Elizabeth’s English-Irish governor and a few other concessions.…

  • 16th Century,  Reviews,  Tudor

    review: The Queen’s Bastard

    The Queen’s Bastard by Robin Maxwell One of the great rumors surrounding Queen Elizabeth I is whether or not she had a bastard child or children. There have been several books written on the subject and many theories abound, including…

  • 16th Century,  Reviews,  Tudor

    review: Wolf Hall

    Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel Thomas Cromwell, one of Tudor England’s most denigrated figures, is given an honest voice as the protagonist in this minutely detailed, albeit partial, fictional autobiography. It begins with a scene from Cromwell’s violent youth and…

  • 16th Century,  Reviews,  Tudor

    review: Bring Up the Bodies

    Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel Continuing the fascinating portrayal of Thomas Cromwell from her award winning novel, Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel seamlessly begins where the former left off: en route to Wolf Hall, the Seymour family home, where…

  • 16th Century,  Reviews,  Tudor

    review: The Queen’s Rival

    The Queen’s Rival by Diane Haeger Bess Blount is well-known as Henry VIII’s first official mistress, but few novels have delved into the details of her life. This story begins with the blue-eyed, blonde beauty as a young teen on…

  • 15th Century,  Tudor,  Wars of the Roses

    review: The White Queen

    The White Queen by Philippa Gregory Imagine an Elizabeth Woodville who is not a vindictive harpy; a cold and calculating queen. Imagine a woman who set out to restore her deceased husband’s titles and lands to her sons and got…

  • 16th Century,  Reviews,  Tudor

    review: The Other Queen

    The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory Mary, Queen of Scots is a newly arrived ‘guest’ of England’s Queen Elizabeth I at the home of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury and his indomitable wife, Bess. As told from three perspectives (George,…

  • 16th Century,  Reviews,  Tudor

    review: The Constant Princess

    The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory I first read this book years ago when it was newly published and remember it as one of my favorite Philippa Gregory novels. I liked the character of Arthur and Catalina’s descriptions of her…

  • 16th Century,  Reviews,  Tudor

    review: The Boleyn Inheritance

    The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory I listened to this on unabridged audio and have decided Philippa Gregory’s books are much better read aloud than read to oneself. This one is even better than some of the others because it…