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About elizabethanbookreviews

I have a hobbyist interest in English history, particularly the Tudor period (1485-1603). This blog is a place for me to review fiction and non-fiction books relating to the Tudors, especially Elizabeth I.

“Wolf Hall” giveaway at Tudor Book Blog

My good friend Elizabeth from Everything Tudor is hosting a giveaway of “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel. This acclaimed novel was awarded the prestigious Man Booker Prize in the UK and has won praise on both sides of the Atlantic. … Continue reading

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“The Secret Lion” by CW. Gortner

“The Secret Lion” is in many ways an old-fashioned spy novel, complete with an intelligent but scrappy protagonist, shady pay-masters, and an overarching mystery. What distinguishes this book from the rest is that it is set in Tudor England, during … Continue reading

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“Virgin and the Crab” by Robert Parry

Don’t be put off by the title: “Virgin and the Crab” refers in no way to some type of venereal disease. It in fact tells the story of two remarkable Renaissance figures; the young Elizabeth Tudor and John Dee, a … Continue reading

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“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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