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 ‘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

My Thoughts on ‘Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion’ by Anne Somerset

After I read Anne Somerset’s full-length biography on Queen Anne, Britain’s last Stuart monarch, it dawned on me that I had not only gained a greater understanding of Anne’s life and reign, but that I had developed a deeper level of respect for her too. As I kept saying whilst reading this book: "Queen Anne … Continue reading My Thoughts on ‘Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion’ by Anne Somerset

A Romantic Castle for a Romantic Queen – My Trip to Sudeley Castle

I will always hold a soft spot for Sudeley Castle. No matter how often I explore this historic romantic retreat, I still view it as an absolute dream of a visit. My attachment to Sudeley Castle began a few years ago, when I was still a Tudor-obsessed teenager seeking my next Tudor fix. Naturally, this … Continue reading A Romantic Castle for a Romantic Queen – My Trip to Sudeley Castle

My Thoughts on ‘The Great Fire: In Real Time’, Presented by Suzannah Lipscomb, Dan Jones and Rob Bell

FIRST AIRED: MAY-JUNE 2017 TV CHANNEL: CHANNEL 5 PRESENTERS: DR SUZANNAH LIPSCOMB, DAN JONES & ROB BELL Everyone has heard about the Great Fire of London in 1666. The story begins during the night of 2nd September 1666, when an unsuspecting bakery on Pudding Lane suddenly caught fire. Before it could be extinguished, the fire … Continue reading My Thoughts on ‘The Great Fire: In Real Time’, Presented by Suzannah Lipscomb, Dan Jones and Rob Bell