To celebrate the release of her novel, The Falcon's Rise: A Novel of Anne Boleyn, Natalia Richards has written a fabulous article about Anne's early years in the court of Margaret of Austria. This time in Anne's life is so fascinating, yet often overshadowed by her tumultuous relationship with another monarch: Henry of England. In … Continue reading A Singularly Fine Education: Anne Boleyn at the Court of Margaret of Austria
After spending centuries on the dusty neglected shelf labelled "Henry VIII's most boring wife", Anne of Cleves is finally getting her moment in the sun. In the last year alone, Anne (or Anna) has been the featured player in several books, both fiction and non. This particular book happens to be one of the best. … Continue reading Book Review: Anne of Cleves: Henry VIII’s Unwanted Wife
I have a very special treat today! Loretta Goldberg has stopped by the blog to talk about her debut novel, The Reversible Mask. Loretta and I first met back in June of 2017 at the Historical Novel Society Conference. A call had gone out for mentors; I eagerly volunteered, and was fortunate to be paired … Continue reading An Interview with Loretta Goldberg
Three little words. When separate or combined with nearly any other words in the English language, they seem innocuous. Downright innocent, even. When you string them together, well that’s when they become the hardest words to say: I was wrong. Yes, you read that right. I was wrong. In my defense, this brilliant new biography by … Continue reading Book Review: Elizabeth’s Rival
Guess what! Guess what! Guess what! The Raven's Widow is becoming an audiobook! After nearly a year of hard work and perseverance, it's all coming together and I'm overjoyed to finally be able to share it with you! To celebrate, the folks at MadeGlobal have very generously offered up TWO audiobooks as a giveaway. All … Continue reading Big News and a Giveaway!
Let's just go ahead and admit it - in general, the Tudor age has been done to death...Henry VIII, the second monarch of the period, even more so. It seems as if every nook and cranny of this man's life has been poked and prodded from every angle. What more could there possibly be to … Continue reading Book Review: Pustules, Pestilence and Pain
Today, I have a special treat for you! Author Danielle Marchant is here to celebrate the release of The Treacheries of Fortune, part 3 in her The Lady Rochford Saga. Marchant takes a much more sympathetic view of Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, and I've really enjoyed the previous titles in this series. You can expect … Continue reading Whatever Happened to Lady Jane?
You can find Discovering Diamonds review of The Raven's Widow here: https://discoveringdiamonds.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/the-ravens-widow-by-adrienne-dillard.html
Of all the Tudor children, Margaret is the I am the least familiar with. Always relegated to the shadows of her domineering brother and beautiful, but tragic sister, this feisty lightening bolt of a woman never seems to be given much thought in books about the period. In this little gem of a biography, she … Continue reading Book Review: Margaret Tudor Queen of Scots
Mary Tudor is one of those historical figures who confounds me. While I don't believe she deserves the title of Bloody Mary, I thoroughly abhor her religious policies and the many burnings carried out in her name. I also admit to being slightly biased due to the fact that I'm...well...Lutheran. So yeah, I probably would … Continue reading Book Review: Queen of Martyrs