Monthly Archives: July 2010

“The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn” by Robin Maxwell

The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn is based on a creative, if far-fetched idea: Anne keeps a diary chronicling her journey from lady-in-waiting to Queen Consort to her tragic end. She tells a servant to keep the diary and give … Continue reading

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“Elizabeth: The Struggle For the Throne” by David Starkey

I admit to being a bit of a David Starkey fangirl, and thus biased in my opinion. That being said, this is possibly my favorite work of non-fiction about Elizabeth. This fresh biography examines Elizabeth’s turbulent childhood and young adulthood. … Continue reading

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“The Queen’s Fool” by Philippa Gregory

There is a lot I could pick on in this novel. The protagonist, Hannah Verde, is a suspiciously progressive-thinking young Jewish girl living in England to escape the Spanish Inquisition. Although her personality is wildly anachronistic for the time period, … Continue reading

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“The Lady Elizabeth” by Alison Weir

There are plenty of reasons to like this book. But chief among them is the fact that this work of fiction is written by a reputable historian, Alison Weir, who knows her stuff and for the most part doesn’t mess … Continue reading

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“With the Heart of a King: Elizabeth I of England, Philip II of Spain, and the Fight for a Nation’s Soul and Crown” by Benton Rain Patterson

Entertaining and well-written, but lacks a cogent narrative. Continue reading

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“The Virgin’s Lover” by Philippa Gregory

Despite what some may say, Philippa Gregory has talent. She knows how to keep those pages turning, and for better or worse is probably the preeminent historical novelist on the Tudor period. I enjoyed another novel of hers, The Queen’s … Continue reading

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“I, Elizabeth” by Rosalind Miles

A good effort, but this Elizabeth lacks substance. Continue reading

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