January 28, 2011

Everything Tudor on Facebook!

I have finally gotten a facebook page up for the site! Here’s the link.

Please come “like” us and add to the page!

January 27, 2011

Two New Author Interviews and a Short Story

Author Susan Higginbotham, author of The Traitor’s Wife and most recently The Queen of Last Hopes, has made a guest appearance at Historical-Fiction.com. In the post, Higginbotham discusses her latest novel on Margaret d’Anjou, Queen of Henry VI during the Wars of the Roses. According to the author, “Margaret of Anjou, queen of England, cannot give up on her husband-even when he slips into insanity. And as mother to the House of Lancaster’s last hope, she cannot give up on her son-even when England turns against them.”
Here’s the link to the full post.
Travel the Ages has a new interview with author Nell Gavin. Her novel, Threads, is an interesting twist on an old story. Though the story focuses on Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, it places them in a new situation: reincarnated in the 1970′s!

According to the author, “They don’t know they were married 434 years before. They don’t know they parted on bad terms. Anne has no idea why she has a compulsion to punish Henry, a man she’s only just met, and he has no idea why he can’t be near her without falling in love…”

Here’s the link to the full author interview.
Kimberly Eve has posted a wonderful short story to celebrate the anniversary of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s secret wedding. Be sure to read it here.
A Few Extras:
A new review for The Tudor Secret by C.W. Gortner. Speaking of this new novel, Passages to the Past is giving away a copy! Enter here.

The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn has been reviewed here.

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory has been reviewed here.

A good section of this review for A History of England: Vol. I is devoted to the Tudors.

January 26, 2011

New Tudor Talk Podcast!

Virginia has posted our latest discussions on Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII at the Tudor Talk Podcast. We discuss the fall of Anne Boleyn, including the sham trial she received. Virginia comments that even though she is a Katherine of Aragon fan, she does feel very sorry for Anne after reading about her downfall. Be sure to check it out here or on iTunes!

Also, don’t forget to check out Virgina’s promo competition, the prize being a copy of Six Wives.

Tudor Book Q&A: Books on Elizabeth Wydville?

There was a book where Elizabeth Woodville and her daughters had to appear before Margaret Beaufort. Even though Beaufort tried to shame Elizabeth, she kept her in her place. Can you tell me what book it was please?

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Tudor Book Q&A: Help Locating a Book

There was a book where Elizabeth Woodville and her daughters had to appear before Margaret Beaufort. Even though Beaufort tried to shame Elizabeth, she kept her in her place. Can you tell me what book it was please?

January 25, 2011

Everything Tudor on Twitter!

I have finally broken down and created a twitter account for the site! I figured it would be a quick way to let everyone know about updates at the site. If you have a twitter, please follow! I will also be happy to follow any fellow Tudor/book/etc.  sites out there! Just let me know what your twitter is and I will add it!

Here’s the address to the Everything Tudor Twitter.

January 22, 2011

New and Upcoming Tudor Releases

I haven’t done one of these posts in a while so I thought I would update my readers on the latest in Tudor literature.

Firstly, here are a few books that have been recently released:

1) Death and the Virgin Queen: Elizabeth I and the Dark Scandal That Rocked The Throne was released Jan. 18th.

-This new book discusses the scandal of Amy Dudley’s death and Elizabeth’s possible involvement. The author has been kind enough to send me a copy of this interesting read which I will be reviewing shortly.

2) Secrets of the Tudor Court: By Royal Decree came out on Dec. 14th. This is the third in the Secrets series. I really enjoyed the first in this series and look forward to reading the other two.

3) The Tudor Secret by C.W. Gortner was released Jan. 6th. I have also received a copy of this novel from the author and look forward to reviewing it here soon.

Soon to be released:
1) I am very excited about the release of The French Queen’s Letters: Mary Tudor Brandon and the Politics of Marriage in Sixteenth-Century Europe on April 12th. According to the synopsis, “In this biography, Erin Sadlack contends that Mary was neither a weeping hysteric nor a love-struck romantic, but a queen who drew on two sources of authority to increase the power of her position: epistolary conventions and the rhetoric of chivalry that imbued the French and English courts.”

2) Book of Fire: William Tyndale, Thomas More and the Bloody Birth of the English Bible will be released on Jan. 20th in the UK (There is no USA release date at this point). According to the synopsis, “Book of Fire is the thrilling, moving story of the man who first translated the word of God into the English vernacular. Tyndale did so in defiance of church and state, hunted by the implacable enmity and the agents of the sainted Thomas More.” Hum, seems like this one is going to paint More as a not so nice guy. I guess it is all in one’s perspective.

3) The Tudors: The Complete Story of England’s Most Notorious Dynasty is being released in the USA on March 1, 2011.

Here are a few extra tidbits:
Behind the Palace Doors: Five Centuries of Sex, Adventure, Vice, Treachery and Folly from Royal Britain.

Royal Pains: A Rogues’ Gallery of Brats, Brutes, and Bad Seeds.

Heartstone, Shakespeare, and Henry VIII’s Reproductive Woes

C.J. Sampson’s latest novel, Heartstone, has just been released this past week. This is the third in the Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery Series. According to the Washington Post, “The novel has it all: an ingenious plot, ceaseless suspense, villains galore, tipsy priests, a bull-baiting, a stag hunt, several murders, the horrors of war, a brooding sense of evil and a glittering portrait of a fascinating age.” It focuses on Matthew Shardlake who undertakes a mission for Queen Catherine Parr. He becomes fast friends with the young Elizabeth Tudor, who aides him in his task.
Here is the link to the Washington Post review, as well as another from NJ.com.
In other news, the Shakespeare’s Globe Theater will stage all the Bard’s 38 plays (including Henry VIII), each performed by a different theater company, in a different language for the 2012 Olympics.
You can read more about it here.

Natalie, from On the Tudor Trail, has posted a fascinating article on the Reproductive Woes and Midlife Decline of Henry VIII and an interview with the authors. I think it would be fascinating if the authors could exhume the body of Herny VIII and run some tests on it. However, due to the fact that he is royalty I doubt they will get permission. The Queen refuses to allow royal bodies to be exhummed, including those of the “Princes in the Tower.” Thus, testing cannot be done and the mystery remains.
Here is the link to the article, and to Natalie’s interview.
Here are a few extras:
A nice review on Wolf Hall.
A review discussing both The Tudor Secret and Death and the Virgin Queen.
A review for Catherine of Aragon: Henry’s Spanish Queen.

January 17, 2011

Holiday Giveaway Winner!

Now that all the comments are in, I would like to announce the winner of the giveaway and a copy of The Second Sister


Thank you to all of those who entered the giveaway!

January 14, 2011

Tudor Spies, Tudor Vampires, and a Few Extras

Here’s the link to a review for The Tudor Secret: The Elizabeth I Spy Master Chronicles. This novel follows Brandon Prescott, a young man adopted into the Dudley family who befriends Elizabeth Tudor and eventually serves as one of her spies.  The reviewer states that they have really enjoyed other books by author C.W. Gortner (such as The Confessions of Catherine de Medici and The Last Queen). According to the review, “t does, indeed, carry the true flavor of the time,speaks of real persons, events and history and you don’t have to reach reach too far to see how the plot could have been plausible.“
Here’s another review for a new book featuring Elizabeth, The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor: Vampire Slayer. I mentioned this one not that long ago, as it seems like it would be a really fund read. According to this reviewer, “I love how they wove the story if Elizabeth Tudor in with a vampire background! I enjoyed the beautiful language. It did get corny from time to time, but come on… don’t all mash-ups!”

Here’s the link.
Here are a few extras:

A review looking at The White Queen, The Red Queen, and Elizabeth’s Women.

Another review featuring The Red Queen and The Boleyn Inheritance.

January 10, 2011

Holiday Giveaway!

Though slightly belated, I wanted to host a giveaway for the holiday season here at the book blog. The prize has been graciously donated by author Marie Sandeford. She has offered a copy of her novel The Second Sister. It is a fabulous look into the life of Jane Grey’s younger sister Katherine Grey. For more information about this novel, be sure to check out my review here.

To win a copy of this novel, simply leave a comment on this post stating your current (or latest) Tudor read (fiction or non-fiction) and what you like about it. It only has to be a sentence or so. I’m looking for some ideas for future giveaways! I will choose a winner at random using random.org. The giveaway will run through Jan. 17th.

January 6, 2011

Author Guest Post: Robert Perry on "The Arrow Chest"

Robert Parry has been kind enough to write an author guest post for us today to accompany the release of his latest novel The Arrow Chest. Here’s what he wrote:
"Thank you Elizabeth for announcing my new novel here today.
Most enthusiasts of Tudor history know that Anne Boleyn was executed by Henry VIII in 1536, and some will also be aware that her body was placed in an arrow chest and buried without ceremony beneath the floor of the Tower of London Chapel. How peculiar! What a thing to happen! What an ignominious end to a glittering life – to be so abused, crammed into an old elm chest used for arrows and bow staves! It is just one final puzzle in a whole line of puzzles and unanswered questions concerning the life (and death) of this most intriguing of England’s Queens.
For quite some time now I have wanted to write a novel about Anne Boleyn and also about Thomas Wyatt (who might well have been her childhood sweetheart, and was certainly viewed by Henry as a rival for her affections in later life). Henry, in fact, makes the third corner of a very special love triangle: the perfect recipe for a story. But to flesh out the bare bones of an historical figure such as Anne Boleyn, of whom we know so very little, and to describe all the complex events that formed the backdrop to her tragic decline was simply never going to work, not for me, anyway -not if I was going to indulge in the degree of speculation I wanted to concerning the lives of those involved – real people, after all!
The solution was to fast-forward the whole story into the future, to a time a little closer to our own and to the wonderful, extravagant and exciting era known as Victorian Gothic. Not so bizarre as it sounds. In 19th century England we find a similar crisis in faith as was taking place in Tudor times, with the advent of Darwinian evolution threatening the established Church and its teachings. In 19th century Victorian England, we find plenty of powerful men at large, as well, ‘kings’ in their own right. And we also have the wonderful poets and painters of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. It seemed to me, therefore, to be the perfect environment in which to speculate on just what might have taken place between Henry, Anne and Tom Wyatt.
The significance of the Arrow Chest, meanwhile, becomes a little more clear when we view it as a symbol for something else, a statement of policy rather than an accident of history. And there are plenty of clues to this along the way. Why, for instance, does so much of the poetry of Thomas Wyatt make use of ‘the chase’ – of the hunt and the hunted as a metaphor for courtship and sexual desire? Why does it contain liberal references to the bow of Apollo, or to the love-arrows of Cupid? Why, at the time of Anne’s coronation, was the artist Hans Holbein commissioned to produce a tableau for the procession in which Henry is depicted as Apollo, the archer-God of poetry seated on a dais at Mount Parnassus surrounded by the Muses?
And, of course, the final question – why was Anne buried in that Arrow Chest? My novel begins in 1876, the year in which her remains came to light during a renovation of the Chapel of St Peters ad Vincula in the Tower of London. It is a Tudor story – only moved forward a few centuries in time."
Thank you so much Robert! I will be reviewing this novel shortly, so keep posted and be sure to get your copy!

January 1, 2011


First off, Happy New Year to all my loyal readers! I have some news today:
Author Robert Parry (The Virgin and the Crab) was kind enough to send me a sneak peak of his latest novel The Arrow Chest.
Here’s the synopsis:
"London, 1876. The painter Amos Roselli is in love with his life-long friend and model, the beautiful Daphne – and she with him – until one day she is discovered by another man, a powerful and wealthy industrialist. What will happen when Daphne realizes she has sacrificed her happiness to a loveless marriage? What will happen when the artist realizes he has lost his most cherished source of inspiration? And how will they negotiate the ever-increasing frequency of strange and bizarre events that seem to be driving them inexorably towards self-destruction. Here, amid the extravagant Neo-Gothic culture of Victorian England, the iconic poem ‘The Lady of Shalott’ blends with mysterious and ghostly glimpses of Tudor history. Romantic, atmospheric and deeply dark."
Robert has been kind enough to also send me a review copy of his novel, so my review will be posted soon! I’m also planning a giveaway, but more on that later. I’m also working on a big post which should be up in the next day or so!