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
“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
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
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
Ok… so Jonathan Rhys Meyers looks nothing like the real King Henry VIII. Nor does the real Margaret Tudor marry the King of Portugal, (or Charles Brandon for that matter)! Yet no matter how strongly historians criticise the inaccuracies, no one will ever be able to diminish my love for Showtime’s ‘The Tudors’. In defence … Continue reading ‘To Get to the Heart of a Story, You Have to go Back to the Beginning’ – My Thoughts on Showtime’s TV Drama: ‘The Tudors’
“Night and day; heaven and hell.” At least, that’s how David Starkey describes the contrasts between King Henry VIII’s second and third wives. It is true that from all outward appearances, Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour could not have been more opposite even if they tried! Their looks, their personalities and their legacies are so … Continue reading Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour – Two Peas in a Pod? Part One
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