February 28, 2013

Upcoming Releases: Treasures of the Royal Court and The Boleyn Women

I have two exciting new release to tell you about:

Treasures of the Royal Court: Tudors, Stuarts, and Russian Tsars is due out March 1st. This book explores "the diplomatic, trade and cultural exchanges between the courts of Britain and Russia, from the reign of Henry VIII to the death of Charles II. Through the material life of the courts, the gifts of the diplomats and the commissions of the monarchs, the book presents an overview of privileged living in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries - illustrating the material life of the leading personalities of the period. Engaging and authoritative, Treasures of the Royal Courts uses superb new photography to illustrate chapters on diplomacy, silver, portraits, miniatures, arms and armour, heraldry, textiles and jewellery by experts from the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Kremlin Museum, Moscow."

I won't lie. I cannot wait to peruse this one! 

Also out this summer, The Boleyn Women: The Tudor Femmes Fatales Who Changed English History by Elizabeth Norton. According to the author, this book investigates the most famous Boleyn women, but also "goes back into the medieval period to examine the lives of all recorded women of the Boleyn family."

I'm sure it will be an interesting read! More new releases will be posted soon!

February 25, 2013

New Interview with Anne Easter Smith, Author of 'Royal Mistress'

A new interview with Anne Easter Smith, author of Royal Mistress, is up on Enchanted by Josephine. The author discusses the recent discovery of Richard III's remains, as well as her new novel, which focuses on Edward IV (Richard's brother) and his mistress Jane Shore.  Smith has also written several other books set during and after the Wars of the Roses including A Rose for a Crown (which focuses on Richard III), Daughter of York (focusing on Margaret, Richard III's sister) and The King's Grace (told by Edward IV's illegitimate daughter), among others.

I found the interview very interesting and am looking forward to getting my hands on all of her novels!

Read it for yourself here.

February 15, 2013

Get All Three of Claire Ridgway's Books on Kindle This Weekend!

Claire Ridgway of The Anne Boleyn Files has all three of her books, The Anne Boleyn Collection, The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown, and On This Day in History, for FREE for Kindle Download this weekend (16th and 17th)! I'm excited to grab them for my Kindle. Be sure to grab them for yours!

Here's the link.

February 14, 2013

"The Tudor Child" - Clothing for the Littlest Tudors

As many of you may know, I am a huge fan of The Tudor Tailor. This well researched book has extensive resources on Tudor clothing, as well as patterns and step-by-step guides. (Read more about it here).

Now, the same team has developed The Tudor Child, a book on clothing worn by children from 1485-1625, which will be released at the beginning of March. To coincide with the book's release, an exhibition at The Weiss Gallery in London will be displaying reconstructed children's clothing alongside the original portraits which provided clues to their construction.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend this fabulous event. If you are able to, please write in with some details! 

Thanks to the Tudor Tailor team for informing me of this event and new release!

If you want more information, please visit The Tudor Tailor's website.

February 12, 2013

BBC History Magazine Tudor Lecture Day

BBC History Magazine is organising a special lecture day on the Tudors.

Talking Tudor will take place on Sunday 28 April at The M Shed museum in Bristol, England. The event will feature six leading historians of 16th-century England discussing everything from the failure of the Armada to Elizabeth I's bedfellows.

The speakers:

Chris Skidmore - author of the forthcoming Bosworth: The Birth of the Tudors‘Fortune’s Ascent: Bosworth and the Birth of the Tudors’
Thomas Penn - author of The Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England‘Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England’
Robert Hutchinson - author of the forthcoming The Spanish Armada‘Seapower, Climate Change or Plain Bad Luck? The Defeat of the Spanish Armada’
Anna Whitelock - author of the forthcoming Elizabeth’s Bedfellows: An Intimate History of the Court of Elizabeth I‘Elizabeth I: the Queen’s Two Bodies’
Steven Gunn - Fellow and tutor in history at Merton College, Oxford: ‘Everyday Life and Accidental Death in 16th-century England’
Suzannah Lipscomb - author of A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England‘The Anne Boleyn Controversies’

The day:
The day will consist of speeches from all six panellists, an afternoon debate in which the speakers will take questions from the floor, a buffet lunch at the venue, plus morning and afternoon teas and coffees. Signed copies of the speakers’ books will be available for purchase on the day, courtesy of a bookstall run by Foyles.


Date: Sunday 28 April
Time: 10.30am-5pm (doors open 10.15am)
Venue: The M Shed museum, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 4RN
Price: £50 for subscribers to BBC History Magazine / £60 for non-subscribers.

If anyone gets to go, please let us know what you thought!

February 1, 2013

The Tudor Book Blog Reading Challenge Update: February

A few updates for you on this year's reading challenge:

So far we have 14 signed up for this year's reading challenge! Remember, you can sign up at any time before 12/30/13. To enter, you MUST sign up here.

January saw four reviews. Colleen reviewed The Secret Keeper by Sandra Byrd and The Forgotten Queen by D.L. Bogdan. You can read her reviews on her Good Reads Page. Jonah has reviewed To Die For by Sandra Byrd and The Virgin Queen's Daughter by Ella March. Both are reviewed at their blog, Jonah Knows Best!

If I missed any reviews, be sure to let me know!

For February, be sure to post your reviews (or a link to your reviews) as a comment on this post. If you had any reviews for January, you can leave a comment on the January Page.

For February, I am going to giveaway a copy of The Tudor Secret by C.W. Gortner. This prize will be given to a random Reading Challenge member who enters by February 28th. Those already entered in the Reading Challenge are automatically included in the drawing and do not have to re-enter. Those not signed up for the Reading Challenge must leave a comment on The Tudor Book Blog Reading Challenge 2013 Page.

The winner will be randomly drawn and announced on March 1st.