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.