October 4, 2013

Tudor Book Blog Reading Challenge Update: October

I'd like to start this month's post by welcoming Kathy and Maria! Both signed up for the Reading Challenge this September.

September's new reviews:

Wow! What a ton of great book choices! As always, if I missed anyone or any books, let me know!

You may now begin posting any October reviews in the comments section on this page. If you want to join the Tudor Book Blog Reading Challenge, it isn't too late! Sign up here!

I am hosting THREE giveaways this month, one for Reading Challenge Members, One for Book Club Members, and one for all readers! Check back for more details soon!


  1. Review of "The Fall of Anne Boleyn- The Countdown" by Claire Ridgway.

    Like the other books writter by Claire Ridgway, this one, too, is well written and thoroughly researched. I meant to read it last May to commemorate Anne's death but I wasn't able to- so I read it during the summer. I know Anne Boleyn's story really well, but I still found myself feeling anxious for her fate reading the book. I definately recommend it to everybody who wants to learn more about Anne's fall, all the facts, the backround of everything that happened with all the available details. What Anne suffered was a great injustice and when the book ends, you feel that you were a witness to what came down in May 1536.

  2. Review of "Anne Neville- Richard III's tragic queen" by Amy Licence.

    I had never read a book about pre-Tudor English history, only some Internet articles. I knew the story of the princes in the Tower and how Richard died in the field of battle, but nothing about Anne Neville. I found myself fascinated by her story, as I read on. Amy Licence wrote an easily readable and interesting book about an interesting woman. She also brings England of that time in life. It's a great read and it made my buy another Amy Licence book, about Elizabeth of York- but that would be another review!

  3. Just finished an anthology "Shakespearean Detectives", edited by Mike Ashley ... a collection of short mysteries based on the life or plays of the Tudor era's most famous writer. Very enjoyable.

    Esther Sorkin

  4. I recently read "Secrets of The Tudor Court" by Darcey Bonnette (picked up for £2 at a charity shop nonetheless!).

    As someone who has only recently discovered how interesting the Tudor period was this was a perfect route into Tudor-related novels. Although rich in information, the fictional aspect means that it never gets "boring" or "dry." In addition, I realised after reading that it is the second in the series - but this doesn't make any difference when reading.

    A very enjoyable book with Mary Howard - someone I hadn't really considered in my internet research of the Tudors to be of huge interest - as protagonist. Mary is very much involved throughout the chain of Henry VIII's wives and her relationship with her father is particularly harrowing and thought provoking. Perhaps wouldn't be fit for those who have already read a huge amount of Tudor-related novels, but for everyone else I would definitely recommend! Now I need to buy the first in the series...


  5. Just finished re-reading Anne Somerset's biography "Elizabeth I". Excellent ... detailed, but not a lot of psycho-babble to explain why she never married.

    Esther Sorkin

  6. http://impressionsinink.blogspot.com/2013/10/review-royal-babies-history-1066-2013.html

  7. Bessie Blount

  8. Royal Sex


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