Category Archives: Robert Dudley

“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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“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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“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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“Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain” by Margaret Irwin

Foreshadows the later bitter rivalry the two will engage in, culminating in the defeat of the Spanish Armada. Continue reading

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“Legacy” by Susan Kay

First and foremost a character study of a truly remarkable woman. Continue reading

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