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

Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour – Two Peas in a Pod? Part One

“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