January 12, 2012

Wars of the Roses on TV?

I have mixed feelings about this. One, I'm glad someone is finally giving the Wars of the Roses its own series! It's far overdue. However, I don't know how I feel about it being based on Philippa Gregory's books. Sure, they are fun to read, but look how the film adaption of The Other Boleyn Girl turned out...

Here's the link to an article briefly discussing the new series. I will post more as more info becomes available!

January 5, 2012

A Rare Poem, The Vatican Archives, and an Interview and Review

I'm finally getting back into the swing of things!

First off, I apologize if you have sent any e-mails or request for reviews and I have not responded. My e-mail system was on the fritz and I have lost a lot of unread messages. The problem is now fixed, and shouldn't happen again. Please, resend! I apologize for the inconvenience!

Secondly, I have a few interesting tidbits I thought I would share:

Here's the link to a fascinating article about a recently discovered poem by Elizabeth Dacre, a Tudor Lady of Elizabethan England. Here poem is about Love (as most good poems are), written in Latin in 14 Lines. It was probably intended for her love, Cooke, and not meant to be read by others. It was accidentally discovered in between the pages of a book on Chaucer.

In other news, the Vatican Archives is set to release hundreds of documents in Feb. 2012. Some of them date back as far as the eighth century! As many of you Tudorphiles know, the Vatican somehow got a hold of some of Henry VIII's letters to Anne Boleyn. Who knows what else they have!

Read more about the release here.

On the Author Front, Philippa Gregory has done an interview discussing the "How to's" of writing Tudor novels. My favorite question: "You're trained as a historian with a docrorate from the University of Edinburgh, What made you decide to be a novelist?"

And finally, for fun, here's an review for Kate Emerson's At the King's Pleasure, where the reviewer discusses whether or not Henry VIII was a serial killer. Always fun. Here's the link.

January 4, 2012

The Tudor Book Blog Reading Challenge

Many of you have probably noticed that I haven't been posting like I used to. The past few months have been pretty hard on me. I lost a very close family member, started a new job, and have just been all around swamped with life. However, I figure the best thing to do is start the New Year afresh. I figured the best way to jump start the Book Blog would be to hold a reading/review competition.

The Tudor Book Blog Reading Challenge is pretty simple:

1) Choose your "goal" position at court:

Lowly Page (1-3 books)
Squire (3-5 books)
Knight (5-7 books)
Lord/Lady of the Court (7-9)
Groom of the Chamber/Lady-in-Waiting (10-12 books)
Prince/Princess (12-15 books)
King/Queen (16 + books)

2) Sign up here with your name, a link to your blog (if you have one), and your "goal" (chosen from above).

3) Start reading! Any Tudor related book (fiction or non fiction) you read and finish in 2012 counts. To enter each book, write a review (it doesn't have to be long, just a short overview and your thoughts) and post the link to it (if you post it on your own site, fb, etc.). If you do not have a website, do not fear! Each month I will have a new post for the competition. You can post it in the comment box there. 

4) All entries must be in by Dec. 25th, 2012. The results will be posted on Jan. 1, 2013. 

One lucky winner will be drawn randomly from those who complete their "goal." This winner will receive several Tudor-related items. Throughout the competition, new items will be added to the prize pack. A separate prize will be given to the person who reads/reviews the most books. 

You can enter the competition at anytime before Dec. 25, 2012. If you are entering another reading challenge, feel free to use your same reviews/books for this challenge. The more challenges the merrier! 

I hope you all enjoy this competition as much as I will! If you have any questions, feel free to ask! Good Luck!

Here is the page to sign up! Good Luck!