Category Archives: Elizabeth I

“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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“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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