February 7, 2012

Tudor Book Blog Reading Challenge Update

Here is the first monthly update on the Tudor Book Blog Reading Challenge!

I'm so happy with how the first month has gone. We have 13 signed up so far! I have copied and pasted the reviews submitted (in no particular order) at the bottom of the post. Remember, you can post your reviews either here on the Reading Challenge Page or on the Facebook page.

To celebrate making it a month, I am pleased to announce the first prize in our prize pack!

Drum roll....

A copy of The Tudor Secret by C.W. Gornter.

I felt that since this was a reading/review competition the first prize should be a book. However, future prizes will not necessarily be of the reading kind...more to come!


Here are the current reviews:

Trish Mercaldo Review 1:

Here is my first review for "Had the Queen Lived: An Alternative History of Anne Boleyn" by Raven A Nuckols

Obviously, this book is a fictional account on what could have happened if Anne Boleyn never fell out of favor and been executed that terrible day in May..., 1536. I enjoyed it however there were certain parts that left me thinking, "Anne would never have done that!" I tried to put those thoughts aside and enjoy the book for what it was, and for the most part, I did. I would recommend this to someone who knows a bit about this time period. I would not tell someone who doesn't know a thing about Tudor history to pick this up first, because they might be confused on certain facts and events. It's nice though to think about what may have happened had Queen Anne lived, however, I don't think she would have been as popular today had that been so. Overall, not bad.

Review 2:

Here is my 2nd review for "At the Mercy of the Queen" by Anne Clinard Barnhill.
I cannot say enough about this book! It is told from the perspective of Margaret "Madge" Shelton, cousin to Anne Boleyn. The author writes with such feeling, I felt as if I were a fly on the wall. I don't want to give too much of the plot away, but I will say that the book was wonderfully researched, and while it is fiction, there is much fact woven in. The author did a wonderful job in bringing these characters to life. While it is based around Anne Boleyn, it's not entirely about her, as Madge's story is told beautifully. I did not want this book to end! Overall, an excellent book that I would encourage all Tudor history fans to read. You're sure to enjoy this one, from start to finish.
Review 3:
Here is my 3rd review for "The Lady Elizabeth" by Alison Weir.

I really enjoyed this book! I love Alison Weir in general but I was not sure how I would like her writing fiction. I was pleasantly surprised. I have read other non fiction accounts of Elizabeth I's life by a few different authors, so I knew a little about her background before going into this book. I have to say, I really liked that the story was told from Elizabeth's point of view. The novel takes place from her childhood to her accession to the throne. Its almost as if you are there with Elizabeth during the many trials and tribulations of her early life, feeling the joy, sorrow and anguish right along with her. The author took a few liberties with the characters, but I didn't mind as much as I thought I would. Overall, I would recommend this book to any Tudor history lovers. I give it an A+.

Jen Review 1:

My first Book is The House of Tudor by Alison Flowden. It covers the complete Tudor Dynasty from Henry VII's life before he won the throne, to Elizabeth I. It reads almost as a text book, but does give the reader a detailed account of their lives and the happenings of other current events in Europe in their time. this book includes many portraits that I have seen rarely, including a sketch of anne Bolelyn by holbein. I purchaed this book because it had the whole palntagenet and Tudor lines inside the front cover, and it is a very good book for reference. I would recommend this book to someone that has a very strong interest in this time period. It is not for the casual reader.


Elean - Picture Reviews Here.


If I have missed anyone (especially if you have posted your review on your own site), please let me know and I will happily add it here!

Don't forget that you can sign up and post reviews throughout 2012!!!

Thanks, and happy reading :)


  1. do we have to write a review to win aa copy ?


  2. Hi Lana! Yes, it is a reading/review competition. Please see the main page (http://www.thetudorbookblog.com/p/tudor-book-blog-reading-challenge.html) for more details. Hope you will join!

  3. thank you for your help
    I hoep i CAN JOIN, only recently discovered a passion for novel during Tudor era. so I know few title only
    I hope i can find many title of books to read on your blog


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