This is a fictional account, written by historian Alison Weir, of the life of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII. I found it a curiously distant book, which was no doubt well researched but did not show as much understanding as is usual in an historical novel. This may have been the result of … More Anne Boleyn – A King’s Obsession – Six Tudor Queens by Alison Weir
Hello world! I have been horribly silent on the post front for so long now that I thought I had better check that I remember how to put a post on. It’s been fascinating to see that there are still people finding this book blog even if I have not been updating it regularly. As … More Essay Crisis over – at least for now…and A Dangerous Inheritance
One of my favourite types of novels when I was (much) younger was historical novels. Jean Plaidy and the crew were the best, not noted for their precise accuracy on facts but enjoyable atmospheric reads. I used to particularly like the dynasties which went through lots of generations; indeed it was the Norman series that … More Tudor Times…a historical choice
I have been known to excite cries of despair in book groups. Not because I have some some daft ideas – that much is self evident- but if all else fails I contribute the immortal phrase “We could always watch it on dvd”. In the course of life I have to go to coffee mornings. … More The Captive Queen…and dvds!