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Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World
What did I think - not much I am sorry to say. Although Weir is not my favourite author, I am prepared to put aside my dislike to read - and objective...more
Oct 18, 2013
Oct 14, 2013
The King's Grave: The Discovery of Richard III's Lost Burial Place and the Clues It Holds
"Having trouble getting into this as it comes across as a self-serving piece of ego-stroking from the main author, Langley. The subject matter was of...more
Oct 14, 2013
Sep 30, 2013
The Princes in the Tower
**spoiler alert** Giving this one a go despite Weir not being a favourite author of mine.

So, I've finally finished this one. If I was hoping for somet...more
Sep 18, 2011
Sep 10, 2011
The Mistresses of Henry VIII
Definitely a rehashing of the lives of Henry's wives than an in depth study of his mistresses. Whilst Anne, Katherine and possibly Jane not only were...more
Dec 09, 2011
Dec 06, 2011
Shadow on the Crown
Highly enjoyable story that kept me captivated from start to finish. Enjoyed the way the author uses poetic license to fill in the blanks which does n...more
Apr 13, 2014
Oct 29, 2012
The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France
**spoiler alert** The story of the Last Duel focuses on the last "legalised" duel to be held in medieval France in which one man seeks justice through...more
Nov 06, 2010
Dec 10, 2009
The Master of Verona (Star-Cross'd #1)
Being already familiar with the story of Cangrande della Scala, I was keen to read this version of his life. So far, my interest has been maintained a...more
Oct 07, 2012
Aug 26, 2012
Granada Gold
I really liked this fast-paced snapshot into part of the life of Juanna "la loco" - or Juanna the Mad, Queen of Castile as she later became known.

Dec 26, 2013
Dec 23, 2013
Jocasta: The Mother-Wife of Oedipus
The book begins with Jocasta facing a crucial turning point in her life and so she recounts to us all her tale. The book begins well and culminates in...more
Dec 19, 2011
Dec 11, 2011
The Ruin
"A gritty tale of Dark Age Britain, where heroes are few and the lives of thousands hinge upon the whims of greedy and unscrupulous men. In fifth cent...more
Jan 03, 2014
Dec 26, 2013
The Last Days of Richard III
Interesting take on the final days of a rather intriguing king. Not a one sided affair as most studies on Richard III tend to be but a more balanced t...more
Dec 17, 2011
Sep 17, 2011
The Borgias: The Hidden History
Rather well written account of history's most notorious Renaissance family. A lot more detail in the family background and the politics of the day (bo...more
Mar 02, 2013
Feb 26, 2013
Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France
I love this re-telling of the life of Catherine de Medici - this was my third reading - and still happy to indulge my interest.
Nov 11, 2011
Dec 10, 2009
The Lucky Lady Anne of Cleves - Henry's Fouth Wife
Anne has had a bit of a rough time at the hands of chroniclers and writers, being described as being most unpleasant in appearance and personal charm,...more
Apr 17, 2013
Sep 15, 2013
The Venetians: A New History: From Marco Polo to Casanova
A nice study of the high and low points in Venetian history. There is a focus on Venice's rise and fall as a maritime power in the Mediterranean; her...more
Jan 10, 2014
Jan 03, 2014
Mama Rose's Turn: The True Story of America's Most Notorious Stage Mother
Not a period I am overly familiar with but the name of Gypsy Rose Lee is known to me. As such, I was interested in the woman behind the famous music h...more
Dec 12, 2013
Nov 23, 2013
The Ruins of Lace
Our story starts with two sisters – Katharina, who is a lacemaker at the Flemish abbey of Lendelmolen; the other, Heilwich, who is a housekeeper of so...more
Oct 30, 2012
Oct 30, 2012
I read this one within a few years of its publication date - and it has remained fresh in my memory ever since. I first read it via a local library lo...more
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Sep 04, 2012
Daughters of the Witching Hill
**spoiler alert** I was very grateful to receive a copy of Mary Sharratt's "Daughters of the Witching Hill" recently. I had only heard mention of on t...more
not set
Aug 09, 2010
A Short History of the World
Wonderfully concise and yet still informative narrative of the key points in history. An excellent first read for all budding historians without all t...more
Mar 21, 2012
Mar 21, 2012
Tree of Pearls, Queen of Egypt
The title of the book "Tree of Pearls" is said to be based upon the first Muslim Queen of Egypt - Shagrat al-Durr, concubine to Al-Salih and mother of...more
Dec 23, 2012
Dec 20, 2012
The Pleasures of Men
Set in the 1840s during the reign of Queen Victoria, a young girl with a troubled past comes to live with her uncle in London at a time when a "Ripper...more
Sep 24, 2012
Sep 20, 2012
Anna, Countess of the Covenant
Lady Anna was the daughter and co-heiress of Colin Mackenzie, 1st Earl of Seaforth, who aged 19yo, married young Alexander Lindsay, Earl of Balcarres...more
Feb 05, 2012
Jan 31, 2012
Will the Real William Shakespeare Please Step Forward?
Who wrote Shakespeare?? That is the question that the author tackles in this fictional detective story.

So, four academics embark on a quest to discove...more
Apr 08, 2013
Apr 02, 2013
The Temptress: The Scandalous Life Of Alice, Countess De Janzé
The Temptress was written in the same vein as "The Bolter: Edwardian Heartbreak and High Society Scandal in Kenya" by Frances Osborne. It tells the st...more
Nov 20, 2013
Nov 10, 2013
Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-Forgotten Europe
What I would have preferred was some reference to lesser known "vanished kingdoms". I really had no interest in the last seven chapters and pretty muc...more
Oct 22, 2013
Oct 22, 2013
Gendering the Crusades
Finished this today - and not a real "eye-opener" with regards to the information presented in the enclosed essays. Rather, five of the first seven es...more
Jun 19, 2013
Jun 18, 2013
The Midwife's Tale (Midwife Mysteries, #1)
An enthralling read from start to finish - and I had to finish it in one reading!

A midwife and her servants at the centre of a murder inquiry during t...more
Jan 06, 2013
Jan 05, 2013
Cast Not The Day
Loved it! The story if a young man's journey from innocent child to worldly young man in late Roman Britain.

This is an exceptional story of a young Ro...more
Jul 22, 2013
Jul 21, 2013
The Map of Time
Intriguing tale based in Victorian England comprising the elements of a romance, adventure, crime mystery and sci-fi drama. Read in one day as bed- ri...more
Dec 04, 2011
Jun 10, 2011
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