The Reformation in Fiction – a list of books with comments!

                      Here is something completely different! A few months ago I gave a lecture on the Reformation in Fiction – one in a series of talks on the Reformation in England. I was then asked to summarise it for a magazine article, which meant that it … More The Reformation in Fiction – a list of books with comments!

Anne Boleyn – A King’s Obsession – Six Tudor Queens by Alison Weir

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

The Incredible Crime – A Cambridge Mystery by Lois Austen-Leigh

I was so looking forward to this volume in the British Library Crime Classic series. Cambridge, mystery and a 1930s setting; collectively very tempting. A woman writer as well? It sounded so good, yet I am lukewarm about this novel. I liked the characters, the Cambridge setting was good, and there were some deliciously funny … More The Incredible Crime – A Cambridge Mystery by Lois Austen-Leigh