The Spymaster’s Daughter Giveaway

| October 22, 2012

I just wanted to alert you to a guest post and giveaway over at The Anne Boleyn Files. Historical fiction author Jeane Westin gives a behind-the-scenes look at an historical novelist’s life and is giving away a copy of her latest novel, The Spymaster’s Daughter, which is all about Sir Francis Walsingham’s daughter, Frances. Click […]

New Book – The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown

| May 1, 2012

I’m so excited! My second book, The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown, which obviously focuses on the downfall of Elizabeth I’s mother, is now available to purchase as a Kindle or paperback. Here are the Amazon US and UK links:- The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown – The Kindle version from The Fall of […]

The Virgin Queen’s Fatal Affair: Revealed

| November 15, 2010

If you’re in the UK or you have access to the UK TV channel Channel 5 then make sure you watch “The Virgin Queen’s Fatal Affair: Revealed” on Thursday 18th November at 8pm. On the Radio Times website, the programme is described as:- “A historical documentary which explores the possibility that a controversial love affair […]

Elizabeth and Leicester – Bess and Robin

| August 3, 2010

After reading Jeane Westin’s wonderful novel about the relationship between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, I asked Jeane her opinion on two questions:- Why didn’t Elizabeth and Leicester marry? Was what they felt true love? Jeane has kindly written a guest article for The Elizabeth Files answering these questions – thank […]

His Last Letter: Elizabeth I and the Earl of Leicester

| August 2, 2010

Just a quick post to say that I have written a review of Jeane Westin’s “His Last Letter: Elizabeth I and the Earl of Leicester” over at our Tudor Book Review site. You can read the full review here but here is an excerpt:- “Having previously read and loved Jeane Westin’s “The Virgin’s Daughters: In […]

Elizabeth I’s Reign – Just Survival?

| April 21, 2010

I have been reading G J Meyer’s The Tudors: The Complete Story of England’s Most Notorious Dynasty, which is an interesting read, but when I got to the part on Elizabeth my blood began to boil. It started off OK – it actually starts with Elizabeth I’s death – and Meyer writes of how, considering […]

Katherine the Queen by Linda Porter

| April 16, 2010

Historian and author Linda Porter concludes her Katherine Parr biography with:- “The adult Elizabeth was very much the product of Katherine Parr. Her education, her religious beliefs, her consciousness of personal image owed much to her stepmother who guided and loved her during those formative years. Katherine had brought up a talented and determined girl, […]

The Mirror of the Sinful Soul

| April 1, 2010

Today, on Maundy Thursday (or Holy Thursday), the day we commemorate the Last Supper which Jesus Christ shared with his disciples, I thought it was fitting to look at “Le miroir de l’ame pecheresse” or “The Mirror (Glass) of the Sinful Soul”, the religious poem which Elizabeth translated as a gift for her stepmother Catherine […]

A Response to “Did Robert Dudley Murder Amy Robsart?”

| March 26, 2010

Elizabeth Files visitor Christine Hartweg has read Chris Skidmore’s “Death and the Virgin: Elizabeth, Dudley and the Mysterious Fate of Amy Robsart” and here are her views on the book, Skidmore’s theories and the evidence he presents – she wrote them as a comment but I wanted to share them with all of you in […]

Update on “Did Robert Dudley Murder Amy Robsart?”

| March 24, 2010

Just a quick update on this subject as Elizabeth Files visitor, Bess Chilver, has just pointed out that Chris Skidmore wrote an article in Monday’s “Daily Express” giving more details about his theory regarding Robert Dudley being responsible for the death of  his first wife, Amy Robsart. You can read the online version of the […]