My Thoughts on ‘First Lady: The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill’ by Sonia Purnell

“Behind every great man is a great woman.” - Well after reading this book, I’m sure many of you will agree that this phrase perfectly sums up the life of Clementine Churchill. It is so relevant in fact, that it is unbelievable that this woman has been allowed to fade into the background of British … Continue reading My Thoughts on ‘First Lady: The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill’ by Sonia Purnell

My Thoughts on ‘A Gambling Man: Charles II and the Restoration’ by Jenny Uglow

I seem to have read this book at the perfect time. I mean, is it just me or does Charles II appear to be everywhere at the moment?! He’s currently the focus of a new exhibition - Charles II: Art & Power - which is held at none other than The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. … Continue reading My Thoughts on ‘A Gambling Man: Charles II and the Restoration’ by Jenny Uglow

My Thoughts on ‘Wedlock: How Georgian Britain’s Worst Husband Met His Match’ by Wendy Moore

YAY! FIRST BOOK OF 2018 HAS BEEN READ! I know that this doesn’t seem like the happiest, or the most inspiring of subjects to read about upon the dawn of a new year, but I just could not resist getting my nose stuck into Wendy Moore’s ‘Wedlock: How Georgian Britain’s Worst Husband Met His Match’. … Continue reading My Thoughts on ‘Wedlock: How Georgian Britain’s Worst Husband Met His Match’ by Wendy Moore

My Thoughts on ‘Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King’ by Antonia Fraser

Louis XIV of France - also known as ‘The Sun King’ - has gone down in history for a variety of reasons: his immensely long reign, his charming charisma, his military career, his glorious Palace of Versailles, and of course his relationships with women. Notable and infamous women featured throughout the whole of Louis’ long … Continue reading My Thoughts on ‘Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King’ by Antonia Fraser

“Love Rules All” – My Thoughts on ‘The Young Victoria’

RELEASED: 2009 DIRECTOR: Jean-Marc Vallée ACTORS/ACTRESSES: Emily Blunt (Queen Victoria) + Rupert Friend (Prince Albert) As soon as the clocks struck midnight, my first moments of 2018 were celebrated with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert! Yes I know that sounds a lil’ strange… Instead of raising a glass of champagne or watching a magnificent firework … Continue reading “Love Rules All” – My Thoughts on ‘The Young Victoria’

My Thoughts on ‘Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s’ by Anne Sebba

“It is not for the rest of us to judge, but with imagination, we can try to understand.” Ok, so let us imagine that it’s June 1940. You are a young Frenchwoman living in the heart of Paris. The battle for France’s liberty and freedom is being waged by the French army, yet news travels … Continue reading My Thoughts on ‘Les Parisiennes: How the Women of Paris Lived, Loved and Died in the 1940s’ by Anne Sebba

My Thoughts on ‘The King is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII’ by Suzannah Lipscomb

I have been an admirer of Suzannah Lipscomb’s work for many years now, as her research on the Tudor period has always been extremely insightful and revolutionary. Yes, those ‘Terrible Tudors’ have indeed been regularly analysed by both historians and Tudor-enthusiasts alike. What more can anyone possibly learn about them?! However, Suzannah has proved time-and-time … Continue reading My Thoughts on ‘The King is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII’ by Suzannah Lipscomb