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

My Thoughts on ‘Young & Damned & Fair: The Life and Tragedy of Catherine Howard at the Court of Henry VIII’ by Gareth Russell

“Why do we need another book on Henry VIII’s fifth wife?”, I hear you cry! “Surely we already know everything that there is to know about the Tudors?” Well, that question also crossed my mind before I read Gareth Russell’s latest book. Yet I have to say, that Russell has completely and utterly demolished the … Continue reading My Thoughts on ‘Young & Damned & Fair: The Life and Tragedy of Catherine Howard at the Court of Henry VIII’ by Gareth Russell

My Thoughts on ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’ by Alison Weir

It is definitely not an overstatement, when I say that ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’ by Alison Weir  made a momentous impact upon my life. I know that this does sound a little soppy - cringeworthy in fact! - and appears incredibly dramatic… yet it’s 100% true I’m afraid! After years of reading and … Continue reading My Thoughts on ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’ by Alison Weir

My Thoughts on ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ by Antonia Fraser

Normally when I’m close to finishing a book I have another one waiting in the wings, which I am eager to pick up as soon as I’ve read the final chapter. However I now find myself in a bizarre predicament, because I am currently staring mindlessly at my bookshelf, (which believe me is crammed full … Continue reading My Thoughts on ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ by Antonia Fraser

My Thoughts on ‘Eva’s Story: A Survivor’s Tale by the Step-Sister of Anne Frank’ by Eva Schloss

Wow… there are simply no words that fully describe the chilling and horrifying tale which is ‘Eva’s Story’. Any book surrounding the Holocaust is obviously not going to be a light-hearted read, and ‘Eva’s Story’ is no different. This book is an incredibly personal and honest account, of a young girl and her family’s desperate … Continue reading My Thoughts on ‘Eva’s Story: A Survivor’s Tale by the Step-Sister of Anne Frank’ by Eva Schloss

My Thoughts on ‘The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England’ by Ian Mortimer

Firstly, can I take this opportunity to express my love for this book’s strikingly gorgeous front cover? ‘The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England’ by Ian Mortimer, is by far one of the most eye-catching books that I have ever had the pleasure to read. If you were to judge this book by its cover, … Continue reading My Thoughts on ‘The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England’ by Ian Mortimer

My Thoughts on ‘Marie Antoinette’ by Stefan Zweig

‘Marie Antoinette’ is one of the earliest full-length biographies, which focuses on the controversial last queen of France. The book is so persuasive and moving, that it continues to inspire modern day interpretations of this doomed queen’s story - including a film adaptation in 2006! In his book, Zweig explores the character of one of … Continue reading My Thoughts on ‘Marie Antoinette’ by Stefan Zweig